Today we’ve got another one in the “Best of 2022” series, featuring :
- Corey Muscara (Wake Forest)
- Jerry Weinstein (Colorado Rockies)
- Jeremy Sheetinger (Georgia Gwinnett)
Lots of knowledge in this one including:
- Non-negotiables for Freshman pitchers on Day 1
- Breaking through egos with young college athletes
- How to developing the “best version of yourself”
Continue reading “Podcast #69: Best of… Coaches Jerry Weinstein, Corey Muscara and Jeremy Sheetinger”
Today we sit down with Ron Wolforth, founder of the Texas Baseball Ranch and consultant to many collegiate and MLB Organizations. Topics include:
- Origins of the ranch
- Creating the famous ranch model
- The Dura-throw system
- Off-season shut downs (or not!!)
Continue reading “Podcast #68: Creating Systems with Texas Baseball Ranch CEO Ron Wolforth”
Jack Greco, Junior at Susquehanna University, joined us this past summer as a part of our Summer Throwing Program. His goals for the summer were to improve his strength and power to help him gain additional velocity on the mound. Jack’s summer began with a complete assessment, including a movement screen, strength and power testing, and a mechanical breakdown of his delivery combining both motion capture and video analysis. When he joined us Jack’s velo was sitting 84-86 mph. He finished the summer sitting 87-89, T 90. There is no other way to say this… Jack put in the time and got after it!
How did he do it?
Continue reading “Athlete Highlight: Susquehanna Sophomore Greco Gained 4-5 mph, up to 87-89, T90 mph”
Tyler Hmielewski, infielder for Susquehanna University, joined us last summer for the 3-month college hitting development program. His objectives were to improve his overall performance at the plate by becoming more explosive while improving his adjustability to help make more consistent contact for extra bases. In June, Tyler started the program at 5’9” and 148 bs. His Rotational Acceleration was 6 g(s) and his bat speed was 59 mph. By the end of the summer, Tyler weighed in at 162 lbs. (a 14 lbs. increase), his Rotation Acceleration had improved to 16 g(s) and bat speed was up to 68 mph.
How did he do it?
Continue reading “Athlete Highlight: Susquehanna Infielder Hmielewski Gets a 9 mph Pickup in Bat Speed”
Right about this time every year, as fall ball programs wrap up, pitchers and position players alike are faced with a few decisions about their upcoming off-season training. At the top of the list is a potential shutdown period at the end of the season. Should you or shouldn’t you? Well, like all things pitching the answer is, it depends.
Continue reading “A Complete Shutdown or NOT?!”
We recently had the pleasure of taking a trip down to the University of South Carolina to assess and evaluate their entire pitching staff. Today we’re sitting down with Bill Anderson, Director of Sports Performance at the University of South Carolina and revisiting the process. Topics Include:
- What is strong enough
- Plyometrics, the missing link
- Mobility and its relationship with mechanics
Continue reading “Podcast #67: Assessing and Profiling Pitchers in the SEC with South Carolina’s Bill Anderson”
Pitt Baseball commit LHP Antonio Doganiero (Class of 2024) started remote training with us here at RPP in October of 2022. At the time, he was 6’ and 167 lbs., sitting 83-84 mph. Fast forward to this past August, he was weighing in at 177 lbs. (10 lb. gain) and his fastball is now sitting 87-89 and T90. After nearly a year of gains, it was time for a re-assessment.
Continue reading “Pitt Commit Doganiero (from 83-84 to 87-89, T90)… Power of Assessing and Re-Assessing”
Today we’re sitting down with Matt Swope who was recently appointed Head Coach for Maryland Baseball. Coach Swope is no stranger to the “Terps culture”. Topics include:
- Using caution when making mechanical adjustments
- When to use tech and when not to use tech
- Key points when examining “character” during recruiting
Continue reading “Podcast #66: Staying Authentic and True to Yourself with Maryland Head Coach Matt Swope”
Today, I’m going to start pulling apart a few gems from some of the best received podcasts to-date. The first of this series includes gems from some of the best in the business:
- Randy Sullivan – Owner Florida Armory
- Nate Yeskie – Pitching Coach at LSU
- Zach Dechant – Strength Coach at TCU
It was great re-listening to these guys spread their knowledge across different areas of player development. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Podcast #65: Best of… Randy Sullivan, Nate Yeskie and Zach Dechant”
It’s no great secret by now that playing baseball year-round is not such a great idea, mentally (burn out) or physically (velo drops / injury). When we first started training baseball players around 10 years ago, just about everyone who played ball began their training in January. Athletes would show up desperately trying to get their velo up…. IN JUST 8 WEEKS! Back then trying to convince high school athletes to begin lifting weights in November was like pulling a cow through a keyhole. A few pitching coaches we worked with didn’t even believe in strength training for baseball players at all. Times have changed. Nowadays, more and more athletes begin their training right after “fall ball”, in November.
So, here we are, ready to rock the boat once again.
Continue reading “Why You Should Begin Your Training in the Fall for the Next Season?”