Why “Clustering” Is Important for Pitchers

By Mike Lembo (BS Exercise Science, Pitching Coordinator at RPP)

The Rapsodo Pitching camera provides an incredible amount of information by pitch type.  Just as relevant, however, is how each individual pitch behaves versus the others.  In evaluating our pitcher’s ball movement charts, we generally work with them to develop what we refer to as “clusters”. They form when a pitcher can consistently repeat the spin axis and direction by pitch type. Continue reading “Why “Clustering” Is Important for Pitchers”

6 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pitching Program

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS) and Bahram Shirazi (MBA, BSEE)

A few years ago, all you could expect from your pitching program was to help you with your mechanics. That’s just about what most people expected and looked for in a pitching program.

Fortunately, times have changed. Today, pitching mechanics are only a piece of the overall puzzle.  There is much more to training pitchers than simply teaching them proper mechanics.  Whether you’re looking for an off-season or a summer throwing program, in this two part article, we will review topics you should consider asking coaches before making a commitment to a program.

Here we go with six questions you can ask pitching coaches and some guidance on what to look for… Continue reading “6 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pitching Program”

Going to a Showcase Soon? Did you Hear…

Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Owner RPP)

During the past couple of weeks both PBR and Headfirst Honor Roll showcases have announced partnerships with Blast Motion, whereby participants will begin hitting with Blast sensors during their events.  Although they’re not the first to do this, more showcases are following this trend.  On the one hand this is great news for the game. Technology is changing baseball for the better and the data can be invaluable for both evaluation and training. On the other hand, although I have a ton of respect for both of these companies, there is an issue. Continue reading “Going to a Showcase Soon? Did you Hear…”

Case Study: RHP Sean Hard… Working with Rapsodo to Create a Change-up

By Eddie Lehr (Data Analytics Intern at RPP, Babson BS ’19) with assistance from Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-Owner RPP)

Rapsodo pitching cameras measure critical data points for instantaneous feedback. At RPP, we utilize this technology to further the development of the pitchers that train at our facility. Out of the numerous metrics Rapsodo measures, we specifically focus on three topics:

    • Spin Axis
    • Horizontal Movement
    • Vertical Movement

These metrics allow us to get a feel for how well a pitcher is able to manipulate the baseball and create movement among the different pitches in his arsenal. Continue reading “Case Study: RHP Sean Hard… Working with Rapsodo to Create a Change-up”

Pitching Lab… How We Merge Pitching and Strength Training

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

The Pitching Lab is a unique training program specifically designed to produce the “complete pitcher”. It’s 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 program.

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

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


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!

Continue reading “Pitch Design is Here to Stay! What Are You Going to Do About it?”

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.

Continue reading “Pitch Design and Development… The Pursuit of Abnormal Movement”

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

Continue reading “How We Assess Pitch Movement Patterns w/ New Tech?”