How Good Are Your Misses?

When you take the mound, whether a bullpen or game, you’re bound to throw an excellent pitch, even if it’s by mistake. But, for most of us, we don’t have 80 command. Therefore, to some degree, most pitches are misses. How good those misses are is a direct reflection of how well the pitcher understands…

A Spiraling Delusion, The Amateur Pitcher

In an industry where millions of amateur players fight to get selected in 40 rounds of the MLB draft, the ideology of ‘draft or bust’ seems to be a confusing point of emphasis for many amateur pitchers. While there is no doubt that the average velocity of professional pitchers has steadily increased over the last…

Finding the Root of the Problem

One of the most common problems I see in pitchers while going about their bullpens, throwing program, etc. is the inability to find the true root of what they feel when throws feel “different” in a negative way.  After a poor throw or pitch, I will see pitchers do a simple, dry, recap of what…

The Importance of a Flatground/”Touch and Feel” Bullpen

While flatground/”touch and feel” bullpen (TAFB) work has become popular throughout all levels of baseball, we may not be getting the most out of it.  A flatground/TAFB is a minimal effort exercise meant to create a greater feel for your delivery.  It should not require a great amount of physical exertion and this should be…

How Much Should You Throw?

When professional pitchers enter the off-season and do not throw for an extended period of time, once they do start a throwing routine, in preparation for spring training, it is gradual.  Times per week, intensity, and distance are all structured accordingly, allowing the pitcher to ‘build-up’ stamina and get back in to good throwing shape. …

Pitching Inside

With all that is said about pitching inside, you would think that most of your outs come from inside pitches.  This is NOT the case.  Most outs are gotten with your quality ‘stuff’ on the outer half.  With that being said, the respect you gain from the hitter helps you do that.  So how do…

‘Clearing’ Your Front-Side

Previous posts of mine have touched on the importance of gaining rotational acceleration through ‘release’.  Building on this, I want to touch on the importance of ‘clearing your front side.’  In today’s pitching realm there is a misrepresented preaching of keeping your glove so tucked against your chest that it essentially does not allow your…

Let Natural Happen

In today’s baseball society, there is so much of an emphasis on “throwing strikes” from a very young age.  Young pitchers are competing on teams where the stress is on winning at all costs with a lack on emphasis on actual development.  If an 11 year old pitcher “throws strikes” at that age, chance are,…

‘Extension’

The term ‘extension’ is thrown around a lot but is commonly used without a true understanding of what it actually means. First, it should be noted that maximizing extension begins with the ability to ‘stay back’ the correct way.  A crucial part of extension is mindset.  The mindset for pitchers should primarily consist of throwing…

Give Yourself a Guarantee

One of the most underrated aspects of pitching is playing catch.  Playing catch should not be done to just get your arm loose.  There are too few times when you actually get to be on a mound for a bullpen or game situation.  But you likely play catch 4-7 times a week.  So, let’s become…