6 THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL FROM THE MOUND AND 6 THINGS YOU CAN

Uncategorized Jan 11, 2020

Pitching is arguably the most difficult position on the field. The pitcher is the only player that touches the ball on every play, all eyes are on him every pitch, and after the game he’s the one who gets a big “W” or “L” next to his name in the box score. There is already tons of outside pressure to succeed, so its important to not add more pressure on yourself. With all the variables involved with getting a W or L, it’s important to only worry about the things you can control. Below are six things you can’t control and six things you can.

Things you CAN’T control:

1. Balls and strikes

Sure, balls and strikes are generally your responsibility. But everyone knows umpires miss calls. Even the best ones do it. They’re going to call a strike on the corner a ball and they’re also going to call a low offspeed pitch a strike. Umpires are fallible, and you can’t control them.

2. Errors behind you

Whether you’re in...

Continue Reading...

THREE LESSONS FROM ‘FREE SOLO’ TO MAKE YOU A BETTER BASEBALL PLAYER

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2020

A few weeks ago my friend told me about a documentary about a guy who attempted to climb El Capitan in California…without ropes. Free Solodocuments the journey of Alex Honnold as he attempts to accomplish something no human has ever done–climb a 3,200 foot rock with only a bag of chalk to assist him. Interested in this freak, I began to google him and watched a few late night interviews and talks he had done at universities. Besides the amazing feat itself, probably the most impressive aspect of this guy’s accomplishment was his insanely detailed and disciplined training regiment. After watching the film, I noticed several principles regarding training in general that will serve you well to learn from. Here are three lessons we can learn from Alex Honnold that WILL make you a better ballplayer if you choose to put them into action.

VISUALIZATION IS VITAL

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Honnold mentioned that he had climbed El Capitan tons of times before with...

Continue Reading...

4 TIPS FOR OVERCOMING NERVES ON THE MOUND

Uncategorized Dec 21, 2019

Nerves will kill you. If you get on the mound and you’re nervous about your performance, haunted by a past failure, or you’re lacking confidence in any way, it doesn’t matter how hard you throw or how good your “stuff” is–you will lose. If you don’t lose in the short run, you will in the long run. I remember a few years back, when a college standout pitcher was projected to be the #1 draft pick. He threw 100 MPH and he had all his stuff going for him. Then I remembered watching him throw in the NCAA tournament, and he tanked. He overthrew his catcher several times, walked a ton of guys, and got his butt kicked. Why? I think it was because he let his nerves get to him–he just couldn’t shake them and it showed.

That’s the scariest place to be as a pitcher, and if you’ve pitched for any amount of time, you know what I’m talking about. So, here are some mental tools you can start using today to help you get over...

Continue Reading...

ROY HALLADAY: WHICH COMES FIRST, CONFIDENCE OR SUCCESS?

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2019

I recently got to sit down with my good friend and college teammate, Austin Davis, who got called up to the Phillies’ MLB club last June. We laughed about old times and talked about things we’ve both learned over the years. A big influence in Austin’s pro career was insight he gained from the late Roy Halladay, one of the newest members to the Hall of Fame.

Before passing away in 2017, Roy halladay was hired by the Phillies to help the development of pitchers in their farm system. Austin jumped at the opportunity to work with him and spent his first couple months of the 2017 Spring popping in and out of his office in Florida. In our conversation, Austin shared with me some of what Roy taught him, and I’d like to share that with you all here.

Roy asked him a simple, yet difficult question: “Which comes first, confidence or success?”

This seems like a trick question. Confidence, as I’ve been taught, is knowing you can do something because...

Continue Reading...

HOW TO USE VIDEO GAMES TO BECOME A BETTER BASEBALL PLAYER

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

What if I told you there’s a way to train while you play video games? I’m about to share a secret I learned one year during summer ball when I played in a city that the only things to do (if you didn’t want to do drugs) were work out, play video games, or binge watch Netflix. I did all of those things . . . a lot.

After several hours of training on off days, I’d get back to my apartment, switch on the PS3, and start playing MLB The Show. Like everyone else who’s played the game, I created a player and played on Road to the Show all night. When you’re a pitcher on Road to the Show, you see the whole game from the vantage point of the pitcher. It’s actually pretty realistic. One day I realized that I could use the video game as an opportunity to train, so I decided to create a player that was exactly like me. I made him a little shorter, and approximately the same build (buff). Instead of throwing five or six types of pitches, he only threw...

Continue Reading...

WHY YOU NEED A THROWING PROGRAM

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2019

I’m in a few different Facebook groups for baseball parents, and one thing I keep seeing over and over are posts about arm care procedure. So many kids are injuring their arms and parents just want to know what to do to help with the pain, which doctors to see, and how to care for the arm after throwing. Do you ice? Heat? Rest? Throw more? Not enough conversation is had about how to prevent arm injury. I wrote another article about that.But I want to spend some time right now dealing primarily with the importance of a throwing program.

Simply put, a throwing program is a scheduled throwing routine that allows the arm to build strength and recover during any given week. If you don’t have a throwing program you’re not preparing arm for the stress that comes from intense throwing in competition. This is why I think most kids hurt their arm. It’s not because they’ve thrown too much—it’s because they didn’t throw enough,* and then* they...

Continue Reading...

6 TIPS FOR THROWING LONG TOSS LIKE A PRO

Uncategorized Nov 02, 2019

Want to train your body to throw harder? Long toss is a great tool. Not enough people know how to long toss properly, so I’m gonna take the time here to lay out some principles that will give you what you need to start making huge strides in arm strength. Here are 6 things you can do to start throwing long toss like a pro:

  1. Warm-Up - I am more and more surprised at how little guys warm-up before they throw. You NEED to start everyday by doing a dynamic stretch for your legs and core, shoulder warm-ups, and resistance band routines. Without warming up, your body won’t be ready for the stress of throwing a baseball at high intensity. Once you’ve gotten loose, it’s time to start throwing.

  2. Start slow - After a solid warm-up, you’re going to feel like you can launch the ball 300 feet right away. Don’t. Start close, and start by simple dart throws or rotational throws to get the arm and body working together. Move back as you dial in your throws....

Continue Reading...

HOW PITCHERS GENERATE 80% OF THEIR VELOCITY

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2019

Between 2005-2006, Tom House of the National Pitching Association did a study on velocity and found that 80% of pitching velocity comes from “hip to shoulder separation.” But what exactly is hip to shoulder separation?

Hip to shoulder separation occurs upon landing, when the hips rotate before the shoulders. This is when the “separation” occurs, creating a rubber-band like tension through the core. Just as a pulling two ends of a rubber band apart creates tension that results in velocity (when released), so does this aspect of the delivery. Thus, the more separation you can create in your delivery, the more torque you can generate. Increasing separation requires careful attention to detail, as you rewire your body to move more efficiently. It also requires more flexibility in the hips and core, as well as a strong core that can explosively release the energy created during separation.

Training for hip to shoulder separation proves elusive, but it can be done....

Continue Reading...

WHEN SHOULD A PITCHER START THROWING CURVEBALLS?

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2019

One of the most controversial topics in youth baseball, especially regarding pitching, is the appropriate age for pitchers to start throwing curveballs. It’s easy to take a simple approach and set a magic age when pitchers should start throwing curveballs and have that be the end all be all. But it’s more complex than that. Just as pitch count is not the only factor to preventing arm injury, there are several factors that need to be considered before a pitcher starts throwing curveballs:

Mature Throwing Pattern

Age is not the determining factor of maturity. Hopefully, as someone gets older, he/she becomes a better thrower. However, I’ve seen some 18-20 year olds who are crappy throwers, and thus throwing curveballs puts them at greater risk for injury. When I say someone is a good thrower, I mean he has a mature throwing pattern that puts his arm in a strong position to throw. A stronger position means less unnecessary stress in sensitive areas (like the ulnar...

Continue Reading...

5 Tips to Gain Velocity

Uncategorized Oct 10, 2019

Want to get some more velo out of your body? Here are 5 things you need for maximum velocity:

1. Lower half explosion

The kinetic chain for pitching (and hitting for that matter) starts with your legs. You need to be powerful and explosive in your lower half if you’re going to maximize your velocity. If you’re younger, start training your legs through air squats, lunges, and lots of jumping. If you’re in high school or college, load up the squat rack and do variations of front and back squats to increase power. Explosiveness requires the development of fast-twitch muscles, so everything you do should be focused on fast-twitch, even when building endurance. This means doing sprints rather than running long distances, or at the very least balancing long-distance running with sprints. Why? Long distance running elongates muscles in your legs and takes away from fast-twitch.

2. Rotational core strength

As your lower half increases power in your delivery, the energy...

Continue Reading...
1 2
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.