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June 13, 2014

Raising Aces

Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three

by Doug Thorburn


We wrap up our mechanical look at the draft's top pitchers this week, and after tracing the BP mock draft for the first two editions, this time we will shine the spotlight on the top selections who were drafted ahead of expectations.

One of the more intriguing subplots on draft day is whether a selected pitcher fits within the organization that drafted him. Most player development goes on behind the scenes, so there isn’t much that we can glean from outside, but I’m always fascinated when a team drafts a pitcher whose profile goes against organizational trends. Will the club actively work to alter the pitcher's delivery to fit a particular mold, or will they stick with the motion that the pitcher utilized as an amateur?

More often than not, teams are able to help their draft picks improve their mechanics while climbing the ladder, but in some cases the organizational approach can be less than ideal for the pitcher in question. Keep that in mind as we dive into the mechanics of the four pitchers on today's docket, each of whom just happens to pitch from the south side of the rubber.

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