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.

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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… The Glute Load – Part 1

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

With our Pitching Lab right around the corner, I just finished video analysis on all of our pitchers, of all different ages and size. Of those, 80% of all pitchers I analyzed lacked sufficient use of their lower half. [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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Weighted Ball “Holds”… Oh No, Not Again!

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

It’s time to start throwing and sure enough, here come the videos of pitchers performing weighted ball holds using mechanics that don’t come close to resembling proper throwing mechanics, no lay back, no whip action and poor hip rotation at finish to name a few. So why do many pitching coaches do them? [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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Analyzing Spin Rate and How to Incorporate it into Training Pitchers

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

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There is no doubt that the pitching world is begin taken over by new information.  MLB’s Statcast system, Trackman radars and Rapsodo cameras and devices are showing up everywhere measuring velocity, spin rate, spin axes, among other things.  And pitchers and coaches are digging in to see how to include all this information in their preparation and training. [Read more…]

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