STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of December 18, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

  1. Are Weighted Balls a Wave of the Future? (by Lindsay Berra, MLB.com)
  2. #30 Days of Arm Care (by Eric Cressey, Cressey Sports Performance)
  3. Pitching Instruction: Form vs. Function (by Lantz Wheeler, Baseball Think Tank)

Off-Season Training Results So Far

Our Dynamic Velocity off-season pitching training groups have welcomed over 39 pitchers. One of the main things we are focused on is collecting as much objective data on our pitchers as we can. Throwing velocity is obviously one of those data points that we collect and analyze. After analyzing the data from 39 pitchers we have seen every pitcher gain velocity – with an average MPH increase of 5.5 MPH. In our high school pitchers we have seen an average MPH increase of 6.4 MPH as the chart below shows.

In the chart below, you’ll see the MPH differences from when they entered the training group (shown in light gray) and their current MPH (shown in green).

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Our youth pitchers – which includes all pitchers in 8th grade or below – have experienced on average a 4.7 MPH increase.

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In the chart below, you’ll see the MPH differences from when they entered the training group (shown in light gray) and their current MPH (shown in blue).

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Overall, we are encouraged by these results. The differences between the velocity increases at the youth and high school levels could be explained by the amount of time we spend at the youth level on biomechanical changes compared to the high school pitchers. Meaning, we want youth players to focus on motor control over velocity. As the players mature into high school players the emphasis moves up the developmental pyramid to speed, strength, and power which is why I think we see a high average velocity increase in the high school pitchers.

 

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of November 20, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

  1. “Core Training” – What It Is and How to Progress It – Part 1 (by Ryan Faer, Driveline Baseball)
  2. New Wisconsin Study Claims Single-Sport Student Athletes Suffer Far More Injuries (by Cam Smith, USA Today)
  3. 3 Tips for Improving Shoulder Health and Performance (by Eric Cressey, Cressey Sports Performance)

WORDEKEMPER JOINS PITCHING INSTRUCTION TEAM

Eric Wordekemper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Tom Oldham Baseball staff as the current pitching coach at Creighton University. An 11-year veteran in the professional ranks, Wordekemper was drafted by the New York Yankees following the 2005 season, pitching at the A, AA & AAA levels for the Bronx Bombers.  Wordekemper pitched at the AAA level for the Yankees in 2006 (Columbus) as well as from 2009-11 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Sidelined by Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2013, Eric returned to Creighton to complete his undergraduate degree (2015) in leadership studies. As Wordekemper worked to return to the professional ranks, Coach Servais saw an opportunity to help a former player as well as his current squad by bringing Eric on as an undergraduate assistant in for the 2014 season.

You can read more about Eric by visiting his bio page.

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of October 10, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

  1. 3 Ways To Improve Throwing Velocity By Enhancing Lower Body Force Production (by Mike Reinold)
  2. How Can Pitchers Ever Be “Elite” If They Take Time Off from Throwing? (by Eric Cressey)

  3. Why Do Plateaus Occur? – Part 1 (by Ron Wolforth)

EDUCATIONAL CLINIC

Developing Pitchers in the Off-season

On Sunday, September 25th at 7pm I’ll be hosting an Educational Clinic for player, parents, and coaches. The clinic will be focused on how to develop pitchers in the off-season. The clinic will be held at Athletes Training Center (13809 Industrial Road, Omaha, NE) and there is no cost to attend.  To register for the free clinic visit my Facebook event page by clicking here.