Pitch Design is Here to Stay! What Are You Going to Do About it?

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

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Note: This article was published in Inside Pitch Magazine (Official Magazine of ABCA, July/August 2019 issue).  If you’d like you can get a hard copy by clicking here.

We’ve all heard it, “pitching wins games”.  Well, some pitchers are about to win a lot more games. For eons, pitching coaches have talked about mechanics, command and control.  Then came velocity and threw out all the old adages and wrecked the house.  Today, it seems like everyone wants velo first, and then everything else as well.  I am here to say that things are about to change again!

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Summer Throwing Program; A Look at Pitch Design

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

Our Summer Throwing Program has many components, including pitch design.  For pitchers looking for more than just velo, we incorporate a Pitch Design component in the program to help improve their overall movement pattern.  The program not only teaches you the science and data analytics that go into pitch design but also how to implement it on the mound. Continue reading “Summer Throwing Program; A Look at Pitch Design”

Pitch Design and Development… The Pursuit of Abnormal Movement

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

The article below is from a righty pitcher’s viewpoint.

A while back we wrote about a topic titled “What is Relative Movement? And Why is it Important?” (click here). This article looks to further refine that concept, and it’s a topic that all high-level pitchers should consider at all levels of the game.

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How We Assess Pitch Movement Patterns w/ New Tech?

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

Note: All reference to ball movement in this article are from a righty pitcher’s viewpoint.  If you’re a lefty just flip the charts over (side-to-side).

The introduction of new tech like Rapsodo cameras is changing the landscape for pitchers at all levels. Until recently, most pitchers would focus on their pitching mechanics and strength training.  Now, technology is bringing a whole new realm to pitching at the point of release and we have a third leg on the stool that can’t be ignored:

    • Pitching Mechanics
    • Strength and Conditioning
    • Point of Release

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Pitch Design Articles

1. Pitch Development and Design… Basics

Tomorrow’s elite pitchers have to learn and take advantage of the implications of data analysis.  Advancements in technology have brought data to the doorsteps of commercial baseball facilities and the future will be never be the same.

When pitchers are moving at rapidly increasing speeds, observing and evaluating a pitcher’s movements with high speed data capture can be truly eye opening. The amount information can be overwhelming at first, but as you begin to grasp it, the aha! moments begin to accumulate. We are discovering things about pitchers that were unfathomable just a year ago without this technology.  Pitch Design is here and it will change how tomorrow’s pitchers will be trained… [click here]

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Pitch Development and Design… The Elusive Cutter – Part 6

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-Owner RPP)
Robbie Aviles (Pitching Lab Coach)

Today’s article is on cutters, the same pitch Mariano Rivera made a nice living with, even though his opponents knew it was coming nearly 90% of the time.  Cutters or cut-fastballs move differently than every other fastball.  But before we go any further let’s establish what we consider to be a cutter and there is no better place to go than Rivera’s pitch… Continue reading “Pitch Development and Design… The Elusive Cutter — Part 6”

Pitch Design… Grips, Seams, Spin Axis and Movement

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

Seams and grips matter, so let’s put that to rest.  But how is spin axis generated?

Before we begin, let’s cover a relevant but important topic.  As it relates to ball movement, there are two different topics that sometimes get thrown in together as simply “movement”.  They are… Continue reading “Pitch Design… Grips, Seams, Spin Axis and Movement”

Pitch Development and Design… Pitch-by-Pitch

1. Pitch Development and Design… Basics

Tomorrow’s elite pitchers have to learn and take advantage of the implications of data analysis.  Advancements in technology have brought data to the doorsteps of commercial baseball facilities and the future will be never be the same.

When pitchers are moving at rapidly increasing speeds, observing and evaluating a pitcher’s movements with high speed data capture can be truly eye opening. The amount information can be overwhelming at first, but as you begin to grasp it, the aha! moments begin to accumulate. We are discovering things about pitchers that were unfathomable just a year ago without this technology.  Pitch Design is here and it will change how tomorrow’s pitchers will be trained… [click here]

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