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Back Leg Ground Force + Throwing Velocity

Back Leg Ground Force + Throwing Velocity

Obviously everyone wants to throw a baseball hard but some don’t really know how to go about that. Today I want to highlight a major component in the throwing motion that directly correlates to throwing velocity.

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Wrist Weight Counter Balance

Wrist Weight Counter Balance

Today I want to talk about a little experiment that I did the other day in regards to counter balance training and why this might be beneficial for some.

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Counter Balance

Counter Balance

For most of you who have followed me for some time you know that i’m a huge advocate for what’s called “Counter Balances” and today i’ll break it down

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Marcus Stroman’s Windup Breakdown

Marcus Stroman’s Windup Breakdown

We all know Marcus Stroman for being one of the games best personalities as well as one of the games best "Pitcher Athletes." Stroman is known for his unique variations he displays in his windup. He's one of the first guys to incorporate hesitations and quick pitches...

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Jacob deGrom Mechanics Breakdown

Jacob deGrom Mechanics Breakdown

In my opinion Jacob deGrom has one of the cleanest deliveries in all of Baseball. You’ll notice in this breakdown the fluidity of movements that lead to extreme power output.

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Arm Drag – Arm “On Time”

Arm Drag – Arm “On Time”

Hey guys so today I want to talk about "Arm Drag" or "Arm Being Late" whichever phrase that you've heard in your development. You'll see a couple different videos below on the matter. For me this is a crucial piece to optimizing the Pitching delivery to not only...

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Chris Sale Competitive Misses

Chris Sale Competitive Misses

This is going to be a really good example of what it means to make "Competitive Pitches" that even though don't result in a strike call can still be extremely beneficial for the ultimate goal of getting the hitter out as you'll see Chris Sale do just that!  ...

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Max Scherzer Pleads To Stay In Then K’s Votto

Max Scherzer Pleads To Stay In Then K’s Votto

Can't express how much I love this..Not much more to say about this dude than I frickin love watching him go out there n compete. Sometimes this is what separates the decent pitchers from the great pitchers.. is the mentality.. the dog mentality that wants the ball no...

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Gerrit Cole Sticking With The Heat

Gerrit Cole Sticking With The Heat

Huge fan of this sequence here. If the hitter isn’t going to show me he’s on my heater.. why switch it up - obviously there’s a multitude of ways to look at it but I love the mindset shown by Gerrit Cole here.      Like That? Want More?      Check...

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Domingo German Efficient Arm Action

Domingo German Efficient Arm Action

  Taking a look at Yankees pitcher Domingo German and his efficient arm action that I see is a big indicator of high velocity throwers.     Book your analysis today Click Here   Podcasts on Pitching Mechanics Ben Brewster - Tread Athletics - What...

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Mike Clevinger Rhythm In Delivery

Mike Clevinger Rhythm In Delivery

  Taking a look at Mike Clevinger and his pre-pitch antics here which may be perceived as a bit goofy but always remember that once you identify what it is going to be that allows you to perform at your very best then there’s absolutely nothing that should stop...

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Chris Sale Pitching Mechanics Breakdown

Chris Sale Pitching Mechanics Breakdown

  Although extremely unorthodox Chris Sale still does a lot of things extremely efficient within his pitching delivery and today I want to break that down for you.   Book your Mechanical Analysis today Click Here       I think the biggest step...

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Andres Munoz – Breaking Down 102 MPH Pitching Delivery

Andres Munoz – Breaking Down 102 MPH Pitching Delivery

Andres Munoz, for those of you who don't know the name, has an average Fastball Velocity of 100 MPH! In his most recent outing he hit 102 MPH multiple times. I want to breakdown some of the things I see him do extremely well within his delivery to maximize his power...

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Mechanical Analysis Preview

Mechanical Analysis Preview

Wanted to give you guys a little preview of what my Pitching Mechanics Analysis Service looks like! Obviously it varies per individual but it highlights the importance of first identifying any deficiencies that you may have. Enjoy!     Book your analysis...

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Lucas Giolito – Changeup Breakdown

Lucas Giolito – Changeup Breakdown

  Today we'll take a look at Lucas Giolito's Changeup and why it's been such an effective pitch for the All-Star right hander. We'll hear from Giolito himself on how he holds the pitch and what he's trying to accomplish when he throws it. I'll include some...

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Pitch Sequencing – Bauer vs Votto

Pitch Sequencing – Bauer vs Votto

  Love these matchups! Phenomenal dude at the dish.. phenomenal dude on the bump.. I encourage you next time you sit to watch a ball game to start really trying to identify how Pitchers are trying to setup the Hitters. You can learn a lot I’m telling ya!  ...

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Pitch Sequencing – Paddack vs Bellinger

Pitch Sequencing – Paddack vs Bellinger

  Who doesn’t love when the game brings us matchups like this. Chris Paddack vs Cody Bellinger.  Rookie Phenom Pitcher vs League Leading Hitter! Watch how Chris Paddack sequences these 3 pitches to make it extremely tough on Cody Bellinger.     Paddack...

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deGrom Executes, Still Gives Up A Hit

deGrom Executes, Still Gives Up A Hit

  One huge aspect about being a Pitcher is that sometimes you do everything right and don’t get rewarded. We just call it Baseball! Sometimes a hitter smashes a ball but it goes right at someone.. Happens.  You’ll see deGrom execute a really good 2-2 Changeup...

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Pitch Tunneling – What does it mean for pitchers?

Pitch Tunneling – What does it mean for pitchers?

  This was a really cool display of Pitch Tunneling that the Astros did during their broadcast.  If you’re someone that’s wondering how to get better at this or to even know where you stand I would encourage you to get one of your teams best hitters and ask him...

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Brad Keller – One Seam Fastball

Brad Keller – One Seam Fastball

Today we'll highlight Brad Keller, Pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, and his One-Seam Fastball. The reason I want to highlight a guy you've probably never heard of is because he was on MLB Network talking about this pitch, The One Seam Fastball. It's always cool to...

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Zac Gallen – Use of Different Weapons

Zac Gallen – Use of Different Weapons

  Be Unpredictable    I gotta say I watched Zac Gallen throw his first Pro bullpen after he got signed by St. Louis and I couldn’t be more of a fan lol.  His ability here to showcase multiple offerings in any count make for an extremely tough AB as you see...

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Zack Wheeler – Importance of Pitching In

Zack Wheeler – Importance of Pitching In

Establish Inside In an era in which we are seeing more n more off speed offerings it is extremely important for Pitchers to establish the inner part of the plate! There’s so many benefits to be had to those who have the ability to locate their heater in.  This not...

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Tommy Kahnle Efficient Force Application

Tommy Kahnle Efficient Force Application

When it comes to the way I personally look at efficient lower body mechanics from a Pitcher I first see if the pitcher is efficiently applying force into the ground (ground force). The next part is what gets lost in my opinion. Just because we've applied force into...

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Slow em down, Speed em up – Max Scherzer

Slow em down, Speed em up – Max Scherzer

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "Slow him down, Speed him up." It's a classic line when talking about how a Pitcher can sequence his stuff against a hitter. Remember, hitting is all about timing. As Pitchers, our job is to disrupt that timing. You'll see in this...

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Aaron Nola – Curveball

Aaron Nola – Curveball

It's not often that a Starting Pitcher throws his Curveball at a greater rate than he throws his Fastball but that is exactly the case looking at Aaron Nola's 2019 Season thus far. What I'm not going to do in this breakdown is decide whether that is "good" or "bad"...

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Hyun-Jin Ryu – ERA Leader Averages 90MPH

Hyun-Jin Ryu – ERA Leader Averages 90MPH

  Well what the heck.. We all know that Velocity is an absolute must in order to be a good Pitcher, right!?... If we know that then why is the MLB ERA Leader averaging 90 MPH on his Fastball? Shouldn't he not be doing good? Actually, shouldn't he not have a job...

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Chris Sale – Slider

Chris Sale – Slider

No secret whatsoever that Chris Sale has one of the best Sliders of All-Time. Today I want to hear from the man himself as to how he throws it and I'll also include some of my own personal commentary on some things to look for.     If you're somebody that is...

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Zach Britton – Sinker

Zach Britton – Sinker

Today we'll take a look at arguably one of the best Sinkers in the MLB from Zach Britton. If you follow baseball you know that Zach Britton just a few years ago was regarded as one of the best Relief Pitchers in the game much in large part due to his...

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Jake Arrieta – Changeup

Jake Arrieta – Changeup

We're going to take a look at Jake Arrieta's Changeup. If you really dive into Arrieta's Pitch Statistics over the past few years you'll see he's been using his Changeup a lot more this year (2019) than he has in the past. Below you'll see a video in which he explains...

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Max Scherzer – Changeup

Max Scherzer – Changeup

Today we'll discuss Max Scherzer's Changeup. We'll hear from Scherzer himself on how he throws the pitch as well as what he's "feeling" when throwing his Changeup. Be sure to turn your volume on for the videos below because they will have commentary on some things to...

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Justin Verlander – Pitching Mentality

Justin Verlander – Pitching Mentality

We all know Justin Verlander for being arguably this generations best MLB Pitcher. We know he's got the repertoire, the high velocity, the banging curveball, and much more.. right? Well what about his mentality? Watching his outing vs the Brewers it was clear to me...

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How To Get Borderline Calls

How To Get Borderline Calls

David Price is known for getting a lot of strikes called on pitches that don't appear to be strikes. Well.. how does he do it? Is it simply because he's a nice guy? No.. but there is a reason this happens consistently and you can accomplish this too!     I...

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Arm Path Overhaul – Lucas Giolito Breakdown

Arm Path Overhaul – Lucas Giolito Breakdown

For the average Baseball Fan you’ve recognized the season Lucas Giolito is putting together thus far in 2019.. On the verge of being labeled a “bust” he went thru a complete overhaul of his arm path as highlighted here that has led to a dominating year so far. Today I...

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Kirby Yates Splitter

Kirby Yates Splitter

If you don’t know who Kirby Yates is I suggest you watch a 9th Inning of a San Diego Padres game. This dude has been unreal thus far. Much in large part to this ridiculously disgusting Splitter that you'll see in this blog. Today we'll take a dive into the analytics...

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Blake Treinen’s Sinker

Blake Treinen’s Sinker

  I think everyone who follows Baseball and the MLB can identify Blake Treinen with the guy who has an absolutely filthy Sinker. I mean some dudes are just blessed with having the ability to not only throw extremely hard but also have movement on such pitches. ...

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Adam Ottavino Slider

Adam Ottavino Slider

  In today's breakdown I want to highlight Adam Ottavino's Slider. For me personally it's fairly well-known league wide to be a major weapon in Ottavino's arsenal. I want to take a look at a couple different videos of the Pitch in action, a video of the man...

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Corbin Martin – Why I Love His 4-Seam Fastball

Corbin Martin – Why I Love His 4-Seam Fastball

Instead of all the typing that maybe 2% actually read. I do a FULL 4-Seam Fastball Breakdown in this 6-Minute Video below.   4-Seam Fastball Pitch Profile - 95.7 MPH Avg - 2411 RPM Avg - 9.2 vMOV Avg - 198 Degree Spin Axis - 2564 MAX Spin Rate - 94.91 Avg...

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Sonny Gray – Regaining Form Via Nasty Breaking Ball

Sonny Gray – Regaining Form Via Nasty Breaking Ball

For those of you that follow baseball or follow Sonny Gray you will know that he publicly stated his opinion on why his time with the Yankees was, statistically speaking, not a great time for him. The once very highly touted pitcher who matched Justin Verlander pitch...

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Chris Paddack Breakdown – The Hype IS Real!

Chris Paddack Breakdown – The Hype IS Real!

I'm not going to lie.. I've been really looking forward to doing this one ever since I saw Chris Paddack pitch in Spring Training. It's funny because I just really wanted to do a breakdown on him because: A) The dude rocks Stirrups like an absolute G (I, too, am a...

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Trevor Richards Changeup Breakdown

Trevor Richards Changeup Breakdown

I don't think it's a secret anymore that Miami Marlins Pitcher Trevor Richards throws one of the games best changeups. I'm going to treat this breakdown a little bit differently due to the fact we can actually just hear from the man himself. Richards did an interview...

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Pitching Drills – What’s The Goal?

Pitching Drills – What’s The Goal?

A hot topic when it comes to Baseball Instruction is “What drills should I be doing?” I want to first and foremost talk about the goal of anything that you do when it comes to Baseball and working towards improving your skill.. I think often times youth athletes will...

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Marcus Stroman – Curveball

Marcus Stroman – Curveball

   I wanted to update this blog due to the fact Stroman replied to my Instagram Post and said this pitch is indeed a Curveball.      The biggest thing for me that sticks out is Stroman's ability to throw this pitch with intent. When it comes to the...

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Kevin Gausman Splitter

Kevin Gausman Splitter

 This is going to be a fun one. Like I said in the video I personally love the Splitter. I started throwing mine when I was about 14 or 15 years old. It's funny because my dad never wanted me throwing curveballs or sliders growing up but he gave me Roger Clemens...

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German Marquez Breakdown

German Marquez Breakdown

I wanted to do a breakdown on German Marquez because the dude almost just threw a No-Hitter and I don’t believe it was a fluke.  After the All-Star game last year Marquez dominated. That says a lot too knowing that he pitches in Colorado. In 14 starts after the...

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Trevor Bauer Changeup Breakdown

Trevor Bauer Changeup Breakdown

Today I'll give my personal breakdown on this Trevor Bauer Changeup. Once I get some footage of him talking about the grip I'll be sure to update this blog. But for now the videos that I do have can pretty much show the grip. Enjoy!      View the Instagram...

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Corbin Burnes Cut Fastball Breakdown

Corbin Burnes Cut Fastball Breakdown

   Click here to view Instagram Post on Corbin Burnes Cut Fastball I will start by saying I’m not sure if Corbin calls this a “cutter” or just his fastball but I’m going to assume it’s his fastball due to his usage during his 2019 debut. I love breaking down...

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Jacob deGrom Slider Breakdown

Jacob deGrom Slider Breakdown

    This is my full breakdown of Jacob DeGrom's slider from his Opening Day Start against the Nationals. What really impressed me was how hard and late this pitch was. I know deGrom has always had a hard slider that many would almost perceive as a Cutter but...

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