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Mahle Intrigues Angels With Pitch Mix


KevinJ14

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I gotcha, says Mahle throws from four different arm slots with three different pitches. Throws 86-88 as a submarine pitcher, three-quarter and side armer, he'll sit in the low 90's, and he'll touch 95 with a high three-quarter arm slot. Dipoto talks about how all the different arm slots creates a little inconsistency, but he's improving in those facets. 

 

He's a very interesting guy, don't know if I've ever heard of a reliever who throws from different arm angles. Supposed to climb the ladder pretty quickly. The org is full of nice relief prospects. Gott, Hyatt, Bedrosian, Snodgress, Santos, Paredes, Mahle, Wood, Reynolds, maybe Alcantara if he can't stick as a starter (can hit 100 mph as a reliever). No shortage of relief arms, but Mahle is one that certainly sticks out. 

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It actually isn't all that uncommon for a pitcher to use different release points. It is uncommon for such a pitcher to find success. In the past the Angels have experienced this with guys like Ryan Chaffee and Michael Roth, but pitchers with multiple release points have to learn subtle nuances to find success in multiple platforms. Most can't do it at an elite level and this focus on just one release point.

Mahle's numbers are great and it's no coincidence the Angels took a very long look at him in the Spring. If he can keep locating his pitches and keep hitters off balance then he can use the full arsenal.

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It actually isn't all that uncommon for a pitcher to use different release points. It is uncommon for such a pitcher to find success. In the past the Angels have experienced this with guys like Ryan Chaffee and Michael Roth, but pitchers with multiple release points have to learn subtle nuances to find success in multiple platforms. Most can't do it at an elite level and this focus on just one release point.

Mahle's numbers are great and it's no coincidence the Angels took a very long look at him in the Spring. If he can keep locating his pitches and keep hitters off balance then he can use the full arsenal.

Lol so if no one can do it at the major league level, then is it actually uncommon? 

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