It would be helpful to have had a chance to see Britton pitch multiple times over the years and document his mechanics throughout his time in the minors.
As far is if my observation would likely be seconded by others, I doubt it. From my experience, every scout has slightly differing views on mechanics. The Project Prospect mechanics stance tends to be a lot more aggressive toward injury risk than most scouts and publications. And the fact is that we're dealing with a lot of uncertainty with mechanics still.
I think most scouts and player development people are going to generally have a positive stance on players. He could become this. We could develop him into that.
We could go back and forth on pitching preferences for a while. But in the end, we're going to have some different views and reasons for holding them.
My main hesitation with Britton is his armsey delivery. He's not getting a lot of his lower half involved. I'd rather see a guy who generates power with his hips and brings his arm along for the ride than a guy who gets his velo and movement by whipping his arm toward the plate. His stride actually isn't as short as I initially took it for.
Britton could go on to have a long, healthy career. Or he could break down under the stress of a starter's work load next season. No one really knows yet. And a lot more goes into durability than mechanics. He hasn't had any significant injuries that I'm aware of so far in pro ball, either, which is a great sign.
I've debated mechanics with probably one hundred scouts + fans over the last year. In the end, different people have different beliefs and it's hard to really prove or disprove any with the tools and information that's currently available, which isn't to say that trying to make progress isn't productive. I'd be happy to discuss mechanics any time (email@example.com
) or if you ever bump into me at a ball field. I just am hesitant, from previous experiences, to get too engaged in mechanics debates online. People act a little differently in forums.