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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Protecting the UCL (Tommy John Ligament)

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

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A recent study in The Physician and Sports Medicine showed that 29% of youth baseball players up to the age of 12 reported episodes of shoulder or elbow pain.  Another report in the Journal of Arthroscopy noted 31% of pitchers up to the age of 22 have experienced an arm injury as well.  Over a third of Tommy John procedures performed are done on youth pitchers.

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Throwing 1x per Week Simply Doesn’t Cut it

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

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The pitching police tend to fall into one of 2 categories. You have those that believe:

  • there are only so many bullets in the gun “crowd”, and then,
  • there are those who believe you can load as many bullets as you need.

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Parents… Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 2

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

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When I wrote this article on ball players wasting their money, I didn’t think that there would be a Part 2 (click here for Part 1) or a Part 3.  But then we were provided with several years of showcase results and data by a showcase operator.  So, here we go with “Stop Wasting Your Money – Part 2” related specifically to pitchers (Part 3 will cover position players).

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Pitching Lab… How We Merge Pitching and Strength Training

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

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The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It is truly a merger of strength training (in the weight room) and pitching (inside the nets).  Most players that haven’t trained with us probably don’t appreciate how intertwined our strength training is with our pitching / throwing program.

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Training Explosiveness with Plyometrics

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

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When most of us think of what comprises a great strength training program, we think of training force production.  While this is crucial to enhance performance, the dissipation (absorption) of force is vital not only to performance, but for reducing the risk of injury as well.  We can’t talk about either force production or dissipation without talking about plyometrics. Numerous studies have shown that performing plyometric training:

  • Improves soft tissue quality
  • Helps reduce the risk of injury
  • Increases throwing velocity

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Training Athleticism in Pitchers – Part 2

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

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In Part 1 of this series on training athleticism in pitchers (click here for Part 1), we talked about some key points in the delivery as well as the importance of being able to identify some lower half and rotational issues I see in many young throwers.  Today, we’ll dive in a little further and look at some physical factors that come into play when designing a throwing/strength training program. [Read more…]

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Pitching Lab… Inside the Nets

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

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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…]

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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 Video Series

Change-up

(Pitching Lab Tip #1 – Change-up)

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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…]

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