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By Frankie Piliere

Part of baseball’s charm are the oddities of the game. Players often have their own style and flare. Juan Marichal’s delivery was far from ordinary but it is nothing short of a thing of beauty. What’s my point? Baseball is one of the few sports where something other than the standard is not only accepted, but also embraced. What I am also getting is that some players, pitchers in particular, are who they are because of their mechanics. Scott Patterson, Yankees’ Triple-A reliever, is one of those guys.

Patterson is a pitcher with underwhelming pure stuff, and while his command is above average, it is not the type of command that could, by itself, make him as dominant a pitcher as he’s been since joining the Yankee organization. So, what exactly is it that allows Scott Patterson to be such a chore to hit? I took the opportunity to go to Scranton to get an up close look at the big righty to get a better idea of just what makes him so deceptive. Find out more about the quirky Scott Patterson after the jump…

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By Frankie PilierePhil Hughes Befuddled

When you are the youngest pitcher in Major League Baseball and being touted as the future ace of the New York Yankees, I suppose that it is normal to be under the microscope at all times. And, boy has Phil Hughes been under the microscope.

What has come in question about Hughes the most is his velocity and its relationship to his mechanics. Has his delivery changed as so many have speculated? If so, what has changed? Why does he look so confused in the picture to the right?

Stick around and find out the answers to these questions and others after the jump…

(Phil Hughes Photo Credit: Hot Stove New York)

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By Frankie Piliere

Ah, yes, the question that just about every Yankee fan would like an answer to. There’s probably a lot wrong with the Japanese southpaw that the Yankees wish they could fix. But, there are also other things that seem to be more obvious, at least to me, that appear to be more correctable. All players, though, cannot correct all their flaws, and hence, that is where players are weeded out. So, whether Igawa can sort out his problems remains to be seen, but issues there are a plenty.

I went to see the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees opener on Thursday specifically to examine Igawa up close and personal to see what I could discover about “what is wrong with him.” Of course, he didn’t make it easy on me by proceeding to toss six perfect innings against Lehigh Valley before being subsequently being lifted in favor of Scott Patterson. So, yes, the task I had laid out was to break down what is wrong with a pitcher who had just steamrolled through six frames with 7 strikeouts and no walks. Most would be deterred, but not me. Find out more after the jump…

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By Kiley McDaniel

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Aaron Crow is widely considered one of the top two pitchers available for the 2008 Draft, and a strong contender for college player of the year and #1 overall pick in the Draft. He’s certainly an elite talent that has a lot of momentum built up after a coming-out party at the Cape Cod League this summer and has kept that momentum going with a dominant start for a strong Missouri Tigers team this spring.

I would love to say that Crow has picture perfect mechanics and is a near flawless pitching prospect. However, he has a big red flag in his delivery that makes some pause about his ultimate upside. Find out what’s up with this projected top-5 pick after the jump…

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By Frankie Piliere

We’ve had a mechanical analysis of a pitcher, now it’s time to look at a hitter. To best introduce our hitter breakdowns, I wanted to use a particularly impressive hitter in terms of swing mechanics. That hitter is University of South Carolina infielder, Reese Havens. A lefty swinger, Havens has really impressed me on every opportunity I’ve had to see him. Check out our first “Batter Breakdown” after the jump…

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By Kiley McDaniel

[Note: I talked to a few people after this article was posted and stewed on a some things I mentioned and decided to change a few parts from the original post, regarding the benefits of a faster tempo and frontside mechanics. The ultimate conclusion and overall message are still the same, but I wanted to alert readers who read the original version that this version has some slight edits.]

One of the more intriguing trades this off-season centered around the Rays shipping Delmon Young (and others) to Minnesota for Matt Garza (and others). The fortunes of these two emerging talents will decide which club ultimately will win the trade. I’ll take a crack at Matt Garza today, and will tackle Delmon Young sometime in the future (sorry Delmon, but throw a bat at an umpire and lose your spot in the front of the line). I haven’t had the chance to scout Garza in person, so I can’t give a comprehensive scouting report based on just his video. I can, however, breakdown his mechanics and get a good impression of what kind of pitcher he is and cast some guesses as to what he will become. And away we go after the jump…

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