Those of you that have trained with us previously already know the breadth and depth of our training programs. Given our recent move to Paramus, NJ, for all of our new friends and neighbors in north New Jersey, I would like to personally give you a welcome to one of the most comprehensive facilities for training and developing pitchers and baseball players.
This off-season is already off to a fast start. With athletes from middle and high schools all over, and professional ball players from various MLB teams (including the Twins, Padres, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rockies, Reds and Devil Rays) already having joined us, I would have to say this is going to be our best off-season yet.
By Eddie Lehr (Data Analytics Intern at RPP, Babson BS ‘19), with assistance from Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, Co-owner RPP) and Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)
In my previous internship before RPP, part of my responsibilities included watching Minor League baseball games. After my first few games, I noticed a recurring trend, every player wore a Blast Motion sensor during the game. As I saw more organizations’ Minor League teams, not all had their players wear the sensors; however, the idea behind it was simple, data collection.
At RPP, we use Blast Motion sensors for the same purpose, and this allows us to help identify and develop athletes’ inefficiencies. The only difference is we do not have the ability to collect data from athletes’ in-game at-bats. Therefore, we collect data from batting practice at our facility and are still able to get a good picture of what an athlete does well, and what they struggle with.
I wanted to bring to your attention a recent Podcast that I participated in with Patrick Jones Baseball. Patrick is one of the premier hitting coaches in the US and he has been running a podcast for quite some time. We covered a wide variety of topics but here are a few that stand out:
Using strength / mobility to help adjust mechanics
Velocity-Based Training (VBT)
Reading kinematic sequence charts and related information
Mechanical differences between loose and tight movers
For eons hitting coaches have focused on mechanics, bat position, elbow position, among other topics related to hitting. As technology has weaved its way into many aspects of the game, it’s now apparent that there are two fundamental topics that determine a player’s ultimate potential at the plate: Continue reading “Two Musts for Maximizing Hitting Potential”
A poor post-up can be caused by several things. A big one is hip mobility. The other is a tight posterior chain, particularly when it comes to the hamstrings. Sometimes this lack of mobility in the hips and tightness in the hamstrings can be improved by improving stability somewhere else for example the pelvis/lower lumbar and core. Continue reading “2 Great Exercises to Help You Post-up”
So in this final Part 3 of our 3 Part Series on Pitchers Strength and Mobility (please click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2), we’ll cover the last two “big bangs” for the buck for maximizing arm power and health. Being that this article is about arm care, you may be surprised as to what our final two topics are about. But remember, the site isn’t always the source.
Today we’re going to cover Part 2 of this 3 Part Series on Pitchers Strength and Mobility. In Part 1 (please click) we touched on a bit of anatomy of the cuff musculature trying to explain, not only its function, but also to show you which parts of the delivery they are responsible for. We also reviewed some things you can do to help maximize their potential. But like all good relationships it takes two (in this case 5) to tango. So without further ado, here are two of the remaining major players involved in the grand scheme of all things related to throwing gas. Continue reading “5 Musts for Pitchers Strength and Mobility — Part 2”
Imagine this, a pitcher’s body that throws a baseball at 80-90+ mph achieves that speed from hand break to finish in 1.5-2 seconds. That’s comparable to some of the fastest Italian sports cars out there. How you could NOT get pitchers physically prepared for this type of explosive movement is frankly beyond my comprehension. In looking back and reflecting on young athletes and arm care, I think a lot of folks don’t totally understand what to do. Let me give it a try. Continue reading “5 Musts for Pitchers Strength and Mobility — Part 1”
In a scouting and recruiting world driven by metrics, there are many things that can prevent a player from getting into the best position to succeed while stepping up to the plate. I thought of some things we could do to help correct them in the weight room. In this article, I’ll go over 6 topics that I consider paramount for generating a high bat speed. Continue reading “6 Musts for a High Bat Speed”