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.

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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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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 – 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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