Data is Changing Pitcher Evaluations… Putting Analytics to Work – Part 2

By Robbie Aviles (RHP Cleveland Indians, Pitching Lab Coach)
Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-Owner RPP)

In Part 1 of this series, we wrote about how data and analytics provided by new equipment such as Rapsodo Baseball cameras is changing the way pitchers are getting evaluated and trained.  In Part 2 and Part 3, we’re going to dig a little deeper into:

  • What it (spin) all means,
  • How movement is generated,
  • Different types of spin and related info,
  • Advantages of having access to the data,
  • Why it’s important to understand the ramifications, and
  • How we can use it to our benefit.

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Analytics is Changing Pitcher Evaluations… You Better Get Ready – Part 1

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

As much as some people don’t want to admit it, baseball is turning even more into a numbers game run by machines such as Statcast, Rapsodo and Trackman, to name a few.  The ordinary fan watching a game on TV is getting a glimpse of this when they see Aaron Judge’s exit velo, launch angle, projected distance and exit velocity pop on the screen, or, when they’re watching Aroldis Chapman and instantly see his velo, extension, spin rate, and horizontal and vertical movement.  Whether we like or not, data is changing the landscape for baseball players.  And I can speak to this first hand, from my own experience with the Indians over the past 7 years. [Read more…]

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Addressing and Treating Trunk Tilt at Foot Strike – Part 2

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

In Part 1 (click here), we the concept of an excessive trunk tilt, how to identify it and some things physically that could help cause it. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at why it can be harmful to the shoulder and elbow and some things we can do to help get us a little more on the “straight and narrow”. [Read more…]

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Engaging the Lower Half to Create Power… Ground Reaction Forces – Part 2

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

In Part 1 of this series (click here), we talked about the importance of loading the lower half to help avoid a “quad dominant” delivery, some of the mechanical disconnects associated with quad dominance and certain things we can do to help get that ever elusive hip hinge.  Today, we’re going to look at early hip rotation and its effect on maintaining force into the ground longer. This is a big disconnect we often see which ironically begins with the inadequate glute load we talked about in Part 1. [Read more…]

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The Best of 2017 – Strength and Conditioning Articles

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CSCS, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Here in Part 3 of this 2017 “Best of” series, are this year’s most popular articles on strength and conditioning… [Read more…]

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The Best of 2017 – Pitching Articles

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CSCS, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

As we get closer to a new year I would like to look back and get a bit reflective. A few years ago, I started a series in which I posted the most popular blogs of the year. These are the articles that received the most traffic, according to our hosting statistics. It seems to be a favorite of everyone, so here we go again with Part 1, covering the top 5 most popular pitching-related articles. [Read more…]

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The Best of 2017 – RPP Articles

By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CSCS, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)

Here, in Part 2 of this series, are this year’s top 5 most popular articles on miscellaneous topics, including wasting money, showcases, secret sauces and our year-end review for 2017 and beyond… [Read more…]

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How to Maximize Your Training… The System is Flawed

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

As coaches and trainers, we have a big responsibility to fully develop our athletes, so they can perform at their best.  At the same time, we are expected to keep them healthy to give them the best chance to play at the highest level. But, while arm injuries continue to rise in baseball players (specifically pitchers), we’ve come to realize that pitchers are the worst prepared athletes to step on an athletic field. Take note I didn’t say worst athletes, I said worst prepared. Bottom line, the system is flawed. [Read more…]

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Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

By Nunzio Signore and Bahram Shirazi

As we get closer to the end of another year here at RPP, it seems like a good time to reflect back on 2017, and provide you with a glimpse of where we might be headed in 2018. [Read more…]

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Addressing and Treating Trunk Tilt at Foot Strike – Part 1

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

Many times, when analyzing video of our young pitchers, I’ll come across what I call trunk tilt at foot strike. It’s quite common in younger throwers and is characterized by an excessive lean (tilt) contralaterally towards your left side at ball release (if you’re a right-handed pitcher and vice versa). The head becomes tilted, facing away from the driveline and gives the appearance that the athlete is getting ready to launch the ball over a three-story building. [Read more…]

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