Testing and Training the Complete Pitcher… Power / Elasticity – Part 2

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

With the season beginning to get underway, I thought it would be a great time to emphasize that while practice is great for your “technical” work, improving your throwing velocity, exit velocity and first step quickness all start by improving and maintaining power and elasticity. These are developed in the gym and are the topics in Part 2 of this 3 Part series on training the complete pitcher (click here to read Part 1). [Read more…]

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Data is Changing Pitcher Evaluations… Pitch Development and Design – Part 4

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

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This is Part 4 of the Series on data analytics and pitching (click here for Part 3, Part 2 and Part1).

Tomorrow’s elite pitchers have to learn the implications of data analysis and put it to their advantage.  Advancements in technology have brought data to the doorsteps of commercial baseball facilities and the future will be never be the same (what!?). [Read more…]

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The Art of Training In-Season

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

At this time of the year, after a full off-season of strength training, upcoming tryouts and practices, erratic throwing schedules, sitting on the bench in a kyphotic posture, waiting to get your reps on the mound are a few of the variables that can wreak havoc on an athlete’s body and more importantly his arm. [Read more…]

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Testing and Training the Complete Pitcher… Where do You Fall? Part1

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

Different types of race cars produce speed in different ways. They also switch gears in different ways to reach top speed.  Well, so do pitchers. In this 3 Part series, we’ll take a look at some of what I believe to be six of the biggest topics when determining and/or training a pitcher’s athleticism. [Read more…]

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Data is Changing Pitcher Evaluations… Total Spin vs. True Spin (simplified) – Part 3

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

Today in Part 3, we’re going to cover the topic of Total Spin vs. True Spin.  At the tail end of Part 2 (click here), we briefly reviewed how all spin is not alike, as some spin works for you to create movement and some spin doesn’t do anything at all.  At any given moment, a baseball is likely spinning along all 3 axes at the same time.  We’re talking a little bit of:

  1. Left or right,
  2. Backspin or topspin, and
  3. Spinning around in one, or the other, direction (like a football spiral spin).

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Single Most “Over-Looked” Factor to Increase Performance

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

Let’s face it, baseball is all about being explosive. To excel in this sport, remain healthy and stay at the top of your game, you must be able to move explosively through space. To do that requires an optimal level of power (a solid amount of muscle) and a minimal level of dead weight (fat). This muscle to fat ratio is known as Lean Body Mass (LBM) and it is today’s topic. [Read more…]

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How to Build a More Powerful Delivery through a Stronger Core

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

Anterior core strength deeply affects lumbar extension, which in turn affects the position of the trunk/ thorax (rib cage), which is the “center of the universe” for a pitcher. This serves as a stable platform for the shoulder blades, ultimately affecting the position of the scapula, ensuring great “ball and socket” congruency and a better arm position at ball release when moving toward the plate. [Read more…]

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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.

[Read more…]

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Interview with Andrew Eng, Ridgewood Grad and Binghamton University Outfielder

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

We are here with Andrew Eng, Ridgewood high school grad and currently a freshman at Binghamton University.  Andrew started training with us during his senior year at Ridgewood and I have to say that there aren’t many like Andrew Eng.  He is one of the most athletic and explosive athletes to ever train at RPP.  He still holds the triple jump record here.  Last winter, he was also the Most Improved Athlete at our gym.  Andrew joined me for a brief interview this holiday season when he was home for the break.

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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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