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Friday, February 11, 2011

Axford's Mechanical Remedy Described at

I wrote here previously that Brewers closing pitcher John Axford found success after adjusting his mechanics on advice from a coach. ESPN's Buster Olney wrote yesterday that Lee Tunnell, a minor league pitching coach for the Brewers, suggested in 2009 that Axford copy the delivery of former AL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. The change involved a lower arm slot with more athleticism in his delivery, fixing a hitch in his mechanics that developed after Tommy John surgery in college. He literally found instant success with his new delivery, noticing increased pitch control within ten pitches of a subsequent bullpen session. Axford went on to make seven appearances with the Brewers in 2009 and then, of course, became the everyday closer once Trevor Hoffman struggled out of the gate in 2010. Click here for Olney's entire article.

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