Stephen Pryor Scouting Report 6.2.12 - Mechanics

=== Checkpoints ===

As y'know, aiki dynamics focus on the center of gravity, its acceleration and the organization of the head and limbs around that CG.  Still, all we have are screen captures here, so we have to start with a static description of the movement.

Here is the live video of the below pitch.  We'll restrict our description mostly to things that are NOT routine for ML pitchers, and remember that things are going to look quite different because of Pryor's bulk:


Pryor's overall pace - his time between pitches - is delightfully fast and confident.  His tempo, the speed at which he accelerates into his motion, is delightfully smooth and slow.  Moe, have a gander at this and tell me if you don't grok a PGA-pro type of takeway?  Smooth, confident, and unhurried?

Just a great, great intersection of pace and tempo.

In the rock back, Pryor connects his shoulders with the center fielder, Japanese-style.  He sticks his foot out, away from his body, as if he were a high wire walker using a pole to balance himself.  This last bit is kind of weird and you wonder whether it will mess up his ability to hold runners.  I dunno.

Pryor has an absolutely instinctive desire to rock his shoulders backward to second base, one that he doesn't think about.  He just loves to get onto his back hip, to raise the hammer before it falls.  Gotta love it.

Pryro's case, a magnificently on-top-of-the-ball release. 

The organization around his hara, his CG, is unpretentious and to the point.  An aiki shihan would speak of great sincerity.  Yes, Pryor sincerely wants to remove the batter's will to compete with him.


de the strike zone.

Pryor's motion is "sincere" and without pretention; he gets his belly button into the action and he uses the C.C. Sabathia-sized core greatly to his advantage.  He's not looking at great command inside the zone with such a max effort, but then again you're not talking about Dan Quisenberry here.  You're talking about 99 MPH, strike one.

Would like to see him continue to keep the eyes moving toward the catcher better.  That said, two thumbs way up.  There will be a rookie Pyror and a 4th-year Pryor, and the rookie Pryor looks ready to roll.



Dr D




It's a rock and roll motion, Doc. And smooth on the rock.
He rocks back onto that ack leg, gets into that straight line position, and then just unrolls to the plate: Leg, hips/shoulder, arm.
I'm glad you mentioned the glutes, too.
This is smooth-easy/powerful-low stress (as much as 100 MPH can be).
Sam Snead, if he threw a ball. Or Freddy Couples.
Those kind of motions last forever.

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2015-07-07 06:16

Tacoma is correct...Zunino calls a good game guys...if he's calling a bad one, it's because the pitchers can't throw other pitches.

2015-07-07 03:03

Just woke up and saw results of last night game. Yikes, glad I passed out early. Iwakuma still has way to go.

2015-07-06 23:39

First it was Gutierrez, now Cano. How and what is in #Seattle's water?

2015-07-06 22:11

Why not have Taylor bat for Miller??? Is Jewitt even managing?

2015-07-06 22:05

Our new RP's did really well tonight. Sigh....and now with Jones gone and no Montero, there is no early way to add a RHB to help LoMo vL. Sigh......

2015-07-06 22:01

Ditto, what Tacoma said.

2015-07-06 21:55

I'd complain about the consistent fastballs IF the relievers in the game actually could control other pitches... but since BOTH Guaipe and Rollins are no where near finished MLB ready pitchers, I'm not sure what else Zunino can call. The main problem is having those two guys in the game against such a hot hitting team at all... let alone with the game still possibly in the balance.

2015-07-06 21:49

What does it take for the Safeco crowd to boo the home team? Evidently the vaunted pitching staff giving up 12 hits and 9 runs in two innings won't do it.

2015-07-06 21:43

By all means, keep featuring the FB. The Tigers will be happy to keep hitting them.

2015-07-06 21:42

Matt... I'm with ya. WHY would Jewitt use his worst 2 relievers first? Is this the soft landing you want for Guaipe or Rollins? These are the guys LEAST prepared for this Tigers team.

2015-07-06 21:32

This is how a team with an offense plays...without their best hitter. Punishing mistakes.

2015-07-06 21:15

Sheesh. The tigers are stalking the FB so Zunino...keeps calling for the FB.

2015-07-06 21:13

This is pathetic.

2015-07-06 21:07

I'm curious...why the fark would you use your speculative last reliever in a one run game??

2015-07-06 20:55

I'm curious, don't the mariners have a nutritionist on staff to help Robbie find an alternative diet? If his energy level is impacting him as much as it seems, check ask a vegan marathoner how to sustain energy without red meat.

2015-07-06 20:34

Iwakuma looks downright terrible tonight. Not just the homers...pitches look flat and lifeless.

2015-07-06 20:18

Iwakuma has given up 8 HR in 20.1 innings.

2015-07-06 16:15

Ya I saw that about Cano.. said he changed whole diet.. sometimes he only eats a he doesn't have as much energy. It's showing IS showing

2015-07-06 16:10

@TNT_Mariners: LHP Danny Hultzen to throw simulated game Wednesday in #Arizona.

2015-07-06 16:10

@TNT_Mariners: LHP Danny Hultzen to throw simulated game Wednesday in #Arizona.

2015-07-06 14:45

Now I see it farther below. Must have been something going on behind the scenes.

2015-07-06 14:11

Cannot find my shout post where I linked to the Seattle Times article revealing that Cano says he has been suffering from stomach ailments that have affected his performance since August, 2014. http://www.seattleti...

2015-07-06 14:07

Starting a conversation...

2015-07-06 13:21

This, at least, has a clear explanation. Ankylosing Spondylitis it isn't. Thank goodness. But UGH...we need to fire our caterer to the clubhouse.

2015-07-06 13:15

This (in addition to his grandfather's death) could help explain his loss of focus on the basepaths.

2015-07-06 13:15

Cano suffering from stomach disorder and fatigue since last August? Uh, oh.http://www.seattleti...

2015-07-06 12:19

No...I don't think the Mariners will trade Happ...I think they might QO him.

2015-07-06 12:09

Happ is a pending free agent, so I expect he'll go by the deadline.

2015-07-06 11:40

No way Happ gets traded until after Kuma has at least 3 solid starts in a row.
I would love to see him traded sooner so whomever we get may be able to help us this year, but this is the Mariners.

2015-07-06 11:14

I expect Happ to get traded soon, and then Elias will be back up.

2015-07-06 11:02

Wow, #Wellington Castillo has been a real beast for #Arizona. Sporting an .874 OPS in 74 PAs. That trade doesn't look so good right now.

2015-07-06 09:02

Agreed. Elias will be a starter in the league eventually..and sooner rather than later I feel.

2015-07-06 08:46

seriously...why is #Fish a tag

2015-07-06 08:45

Elias is a work in progress...nothing wrong with letting him go down to AAA and keep working on that dead #Fish change of his until he masters it.

2015-07-06 08:44

glad to see sanity returned to the all-star voting just in time - Omar Infante as the starter would have caused me to refuse to even watch the game out of protest. As would Kendrys Morales over Nellie Cruz.

2015-07-06 08:31

Got to give it up to Elias for the most part. Rough last few games but he filled in pretty well.

2015-07-06 08:20

So Iwaukuma is replacing Elias and #Montgomery gets to stay up...I like the bravery in that call. JaHapp (pronounced juh-HAPP) stays for now as well...Paxton probably won't be back until September if he comes back at all this year...he has to rehab and he just now started throwing...and we all know he is a bad pitcher until he pitches his way into the hurry. So get used to Felix/Kuma/#Montgomery/Walker/Happ

2015-07-06 07:52

Iwakuna back after two month hiatus. Happy for his return and hope it goes well. He was missed certainly