Inverted L

This is a term used to describe the position of a pitcher's throwing arm as he picks up the ball during the cocking phase of a pitch.

In the Inverted L, the pitcher picks up his throwing elbow leaving his hand and the ball below his elbow.  In this position, the elbow does not move above the shoulder. The throwing arm resembles an upside-down 'L', so this position is called an inverted 'L'.

This position is very similar to the Inverted V but puts less stress on the glenoid labrum and the anterior capsule of the shoulder.

Some examples are below. Visit Chris O'Leary's Death to the Inverted L for more information.

See also: Inverted W.

Rangers prospect Kyle Ocampo showing an inverted L. (Source: Jason Cole, LoneStarDugout.com)

Rangers prospect Kyle Ocampo showing an inverted L. (Source: Jason Cole, LoneStarDugout.com)

Rangers prospect Tim Murphy, inverted L (Source: chrishwish, flickr.com)

Rangers prospect Tim Murphy, inverted L (Source: chrishwish, flickr.com)