Pitching Lab… Inside the Nets

By Robbie Aviles (Pitching Lab Coach, RHP, Cleveland Indians organization)


As we get close to the start of the Pitching Lab, I am getting really excited to put to work what we have mapped out for our pitchers.  The Pitching Lab allows for 19 sessions of training inside the nets.  That means we will throw and pitch a good amount.  It will encompass everything from pitching correctives, to simulated long toss and extensive instruction on how to throw different types of pitches in different situations.  We will work on a variety of pitches including 4-seam fastball, 2-seam fastball, change-ups and breaking balls. [Read more…]


Pitching Lab Video Series

Lower Half Engagement

(Pitching Lab Tip #4 – Lower Half Engagement)

Pitch Tunneling

(Pitching Lab Tip #3 – Pitch Tunneling)

Sliders vs. Curveballs

(Pitching Lab Tip #2 – Curveballs vs. Sliders)


(Pitching Lab Tip #1 – Change-up)


Training Athleticism in Pitchers – Part 1

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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In order to effectively train a pitcher as a complete athlete we first need to:

  1. Understand the key points in the delivery and how to develop effective power by training it in the weight room
  2. Identify and fix energy leaks (mechanics / disconnects)
  3. Be able to assess what “type” of pitcher we are dealing with in order to effectively train them to produce optimum power to throw a baseball

In the next two articles, we’ll review each of these independently. Let’s get started. [Read more…]


Training Strength / Throwing… It’s All About the Right Place Right Time

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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The increases in pitching velocity and the distance guys are covering when they go yard tells one thing for sure… Guys are getting in the gym and getting bigger, faster and stronger. Period.

That’s great. As a matter of fact, nothing could make me happier as a strength and conditioning coach. But let it be said, with training comes a responsibility on educating athletes as to how and when is the best way and time to incorporate it. This gets especially tricky when it needs to be integrated with a throwing program. What I’m really saying is that a great program should incorporate throwing and strength training as ONE program and not viewed as two separate entities. This is the premise of the closed loop training which we provide at the Pitching Lab here at RPP. Let me try and briefly explain why one hand washes the other. [Read more…]


Top 10 Things to Look (or look out) for in Selecting an Athletic Training Facility

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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I work with athletes and train guys who are really serious about getting bigger, stronger and faster. That’s what I am passionate about. Granted, there are five million strength coaches who flip tires, train with CrossFit and run boot camps with ladder drills and cone drills and call it strength training. Well, I’m here to tell you that it needs to be better than that if athletes are to get to the next level. [Read more…]


The Top Secret Part I Left out from the Secret Sauce

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)

Top Secret

My prior article on our Secret Sauce at RPP (click here) ended with this “Oh, and making our pitchers as strong and explosive as we can, in all the right places”.  In this article, I would like to go a little further and review why and how we have been successful in training high performance athletes. The truth is, it’s all about mass customization.  Strength training is science but it’s also art. I have heard my partner, Nunzio Signore, say to clients a million times “the body is connected in all parts and ways, a potential issue in one location may very well be due to an issue somewhere else”.  The reality is that every athlete that walks into our facility needs a different road-map to be the best they can be.  So here we go with the Top Secret stuff… [Read more…]


Early Trunk Rotation and Losses in Velocity

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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While I whole-heartedly agree that a “late” arm at foot strike is definitely an issue from an injury standpoint (and should be addressed), early trunk rotation which can create an “early” arm action is an issue as well from a velocity standpoint. The key is finding what is causing this early rotation, training it and putting the arm in its “sweet spot”. [Read more…]


You’re Projectable… But What’s Your Trajectory?

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)

Projectable Player

Projectable…  How many times have we heard this term from coaches, showcase operators and scouts. Let’s be blunt, it means you are a player with potential but you are expected to grow and you are expected to fill out.  But here is a simple question… What’s your trajectory?  Imagine, two 14 year-old players with equal talent, equal height, equal weight and equal metrics, do they have the same trajectory? [Read more…]


Interview with Pitching Lab Coach and Cleveland Indians RHP Robbie Aviles

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, NASM, CPT, PES, FMS)

Robbie Aviles - Pitching Lab

We are here with right-handed pitcher Robbie Aviles with the Cleveland Indians.  We are very excited that he is joining us at the Pitching Lab.  By way of background, Robbie is from Suffern.  He was a high school phenom having received multiple offers from multiple colleges for multiple sports, including football, basketball and baseball.

At graduation from Suffern, Robbie was ranked 21st overall in the country by Perfect Game and was gunned at 94 mph just prior to graduation.  He was also 2010 Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All-American.  He was on his way to being a 1st Round draft pick.  However, unfortunately just before the 2010 MLB Draft, Robbie found out that he would need Tommy John surgery.  He was ultimately drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 7th Round where he has been playing for the past seven years.  Robbie is the real deal and he knows his craft. [Read more…]


Ramsey’s Ryan Vatcher… Doing What it Takes to be Exceptional

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

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Most highly motivated and highly skilled athletes are generally also very bright. So, when it comes to learning and “buying in” to their training regimen, they’re all ears. This is called “athlete education” and nothing can be more rewarding than watching them “do what it takes to be exceptional”, while reaping great results at the same time. [Read more…]