Dynamic Pitching Development Program

The details have been finalized, and I will be starting up an advanced, long-term development program for serious athletes.

The development program is designed to be a long-term program that will help recovery after the season, training-and-gaining in the off-season, and maintenance during the season -- with a focus on long-term, individualized development rather than short-term, cookie-cutter results.

This program builds on the lessons from the introduction program, and sessions will feature extended warm-up and cool-down routines, more advanced training tools, access to instant training feedback via radar and video, as well as focused attention on strength and mobility that simply can't be fit into the introduction program's 1-hour sessions.

The development program's 2-hour sessions are designed with an open-session concept. Athletes will have full access to the facility and our materials for the entire two hours, but there is no strict schedule in place. If you have a light day planned, you can probably be in and out in less than 1 hour, while a heavy throwing day with some corrective exercises or weight lifting might require the full two hours.

All sessions will run in partnership with Defy Gravity Speed and Agility Training at My Batter's Box in Prosper, TX on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Three options will be available: Monday only, Thursday only, or Monday and Thursday. The first 5-week block starts on Monday, January 4, 2016!

For registration details or other questions, please feel free to reach out to me through my contact form.

The Dynamic Pitching Introduction program will continue to run 1-hour sessions at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Monday and Thursday evenings.

See you in October

That title could probably be a rallying cry for just about any Major League Baseball organization, but in this case, it means this blog is going on hiatus. Given my random publishing schedule, most of you probably won't even notice that I'm gone.

As a part of my employment as a pro scout, I have been asked to cease blogging activity from now until October 1, 2011. The blog will not be taken down.

The PITCHf/x database will continue to run as it has for the past couple of seasons. Of course, thanks to this off-season's upgrades, it's now much prettier.

I'll be doing the normal scouting stuff, with half the number of teams of most scouts (to help me balance school and other work responsibilities), and I'll also be doing some video analysis. There's no telling what kind of impact I'll have, but I certainly hope it's big enough that my baseball career isn't one-and-done. Either way, it's going to be a fun season.

As you read this, I'm headed to (or already in) Phoenix, Arizona for Spring Training. My pro scouting adventure has begun.

Notes, news, and something else to read

I'm going to bury the lead here, but this is something you need to read. Over at Men's Journal, the light bulb just came on for Daniel Duane. Check out: Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie. (Hat tip to Tony Gentilcore for getting this article in front of me.)

Remember that Strasburg article I promised a while back? After having looked things over, I decided I don't have much of anything to go on, so I decided to scrap it. My apologies to anyone that was looking forward to it.

I've had a few things kicking around in my head. I dumped a couple of my PITCHf/x ideas onto the blog in December, but I have yet to make any progress on either front. My annual look at the Texas Rangers win-curve is on its way. I have another "Please, Don't Buy This" product to write about. An upcoming series will give an inside look at what college athletes (and their coaches) know and don't know about strength and conditioning. I also have a few additions planned for the PITCHf/x database. I don't know how much of this I'm going to get to because...

Between March 11, 2011 and September 30, 2011, I will be working as a pro scout for a Major League Baseball club. At their request, I will be on hiatus from my websites during that time. I have not been asked to take down the PITCHf/x database, and I do not expect to be asked to do so.

I'm excited about the opportunity and eager to see where it might lead. Now, let's see how much I can get done in the next 5 weeks.

Some news and updates for Fall '09

It's been quite a while since my last post, but new stuff is on the horizon. The transition back to college life has been interesting, and I'm finally settling into a schedule that will allow me to update with better regularity.

Part of what has kept me from updating is my work on my PITCHf/x tool. It's still under construction, so you'll see holes and bugs in a couple of places. New stuff will be added to that whenever I can find time to work on it. I've got a lot left in the tank for this.

I have also been working with the UT Dallas baseball team as an assistant pitching coach. Fall workouts are now over, freeing up about 20 hours a week for me to write.

In addition to my work with the baseball team, I've started serious strength training for the first time in my life. That's not to say that I've never been on a strength program before, but those previous plans lacked proper programming and weren't designed with any expertise.

To take nothing for granted, I started at the bottom. Kyle Boddy, of DrivelineMechanics.com, plugged Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore's Starting Strength, and I dove right in. I made a few small alterations to the basic workout plan, and along with a few small dietary changes - added lots of milk and an extra meal consisting of 2 peanut butter sandwiches (jelly optional) - I've been pretty impressed with my results to this point.

This winter, I will also be looking into NSCA's CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification. Hopefully, my brain can keep pace with my ambition.

News and other things

I don't have a new article for you, but I have a few things to throw out there. First up is what I've been spending most of my free time on lately. I'll describe it fully when the beta test is ready, but for now, here's a sneak peak of F/X by TexasLeaguers.com.

Next on the menu is a couple of decisions that I've been turning over in my head for a while. I will be returning to school this fall to take pre-med classes and begin my pursuit of a career in sports medicine. With my return to school, I have spoken to the head baseball coach about working with his pitchers. A formal meeting will take place this week.

For those interested, here's what I have planned for the coming weeks:

  • Torn labrum: a case study on myself - details of the injury, repair procedure, and rehab with photos taken by the arthroscope
  • Biomechanics: ulnar collateral ligament (Rewrite) - I've been putting this off for a while, but I will be focused on finishing it up.
  • Delayed Internal Rotation (Revisited) - This was written based on conclusions from the UCL article, so it also needs to be revisited.
  • Texas League Scouting Series - This is something I probably should have been all over since early April, but for some reason, it never crossed my mind. These will be more pure scouting reports, with more focus on tools and skill and less focus on mechanics.

Finally, two pretty good mechanics articles popped up this weekend, and I want to share them both.

Over at AZSnakepit.com, Jim McLennan has published an article about labrums aptly called "Everything you wanted to know about labrums [but were afraid to ask]." Consider it a crash course introduction to what I've been planning regarding my labrum injury.

Kyle Boddy at DrivelineMechanics.com offered his analysis of Chris Perez, the recently traded relief pitcher who is now property of the Cleveland Indians. Kyle and I share pretty similar beliefs when it comes to mechanics, and I think his analysis of Perez is spot-on.