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Tool Time: Best Mechanics

Drew Miller

It is hard to spot good mechanics. The truth is you don't notice it because it is so smooth and the ball leaves the hand so naturally. These San Diego Padres' prospects have that look – so look a little harder next time you see them on the mound.

1. Mike Ekstrom Hit your checks – Ekstrom does it all. The right-hander is smooth mechanically and has an effortless and repeatable delivery, giving him success because each pitch is controllable by him. His fingertip and wrist movement are consistent – giving him the knowledge and understanding of how each pitch will react. Nothing strays during his windup and he can get full extension on...

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