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2020 just wants to pitch.......

LuvMyKids ·
Hello everyone, Been lurking for a while and just got up the nerve to ask for some advice. To give you a little background, I have a 2020 that started playing baseball about 3 years ago. At the time he was the chubby kid, not much talent but if he wanted it, his mom and I were going to support him. He was about 5'6" and weighed 200. He is an A student as well. He had never pitched before and because of his age during the upcoming season he was expected to pitch. We decided to seek out a...
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2x World Champ Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland talks pitching - Q&A

robinallemand ·
Hey Parents, I did an interview with Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland (he's awesome, btw) for my blog. If you have any follow-up questions for him, let me know, and we can do a part 2 to the interview! See the article here: Dave Eiland Talks Pitching - Q&A BR, Robin Allemand Coached App | Co-Founder | coachedapp@gmail.com
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Armory's "Rocket Launchers Road Show" Aug 10-11th at CBC

ThrowHarderFaster ·
Throw Harder Faster is a velocity development academy inside of Carolina Baseball Center and we are excited to bring you The Armory's "Rocket Launchers Road Show" August 10th & 11th at CBC. The Armory has developed 37 pitchers that have eclipsed the 90 mph barrier since its owner, Randy Sullivan, established academy in February 2011. Incredibly, six of these 90 mph pitchers just finished their freshman year of high school, class of 2016. As a licensed physical therapist and owner of...
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Addressing the pitcher's rubber

gpotts ·
A high school-level pitching question about addressing the pitching rubber. Runner on third (R3) and our RHP is on the mound, but off the rubber. While standing behind the pitching rubber, he decides he'll pitch from the wind-up position. He steps forward with his left foot, then with his right. Field umpire calls a balk. R3 scores. I ask for an explanation and ask if it was his hands or motion that was deceptive. Like, "did he start and stop". He tells me it is how he is "addressing the...
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External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

jimster ·
Check out my articles on the topic. ...
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Game Day Pitching Routine

FrankJP ·
Hello, My son(2020), age 14 this past March, is playing 14u this season and this is his first year where he will be a starting pitcher. He started playing baseball at age 10 through local in-house leagues, joined a "travel" team at age 13, that was a slight step above. He has pitched some over the years, but never more than an inning here or there, sometimes two, nothing consistent. I'd say he has likely not pitched more than 20 innings in one season, and that was age 12 I believe. He has a...
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UCL Tear?

AlexisLefty ·
Hi guys,   I am a senior left handed pitcher in high school. It has been difficult for me to pitch and do well throughout my high school career because of my elbow. During my 8th to late 9th grade year, I dealt with growth plate problems in my...
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Relief Pitching

CoachJackE ·
My LHP has been used very sparingly in relief in his last year of high school. When I say sparingly, I’m talking 13 innings in seven appearances prior to entering playoffs. I’ve noticed that his ERA is a respectable 1.56 after relieving an RHP (nine innings of data) and it is 17.5 (four innings) when following another LHP I’m not concerned about his college career since he has already committed. So my opinion would be that one should not relieve a LHP with another LHP in general. Is that a...
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Pitching Analysis// (In game)//Delivery Help.

LorenzoSupino ·
Thought's, Feedback and Criquting are welcomed! Thanks!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmIf4XADuPU
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Pitching Coaches

House of Bowden ·
I've got two lefty boys - 18 and 16.  Looking for a GOOD pitching coach in the Richardson, Plano, Dallas area.  I would love any suggestions!
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Pitcher's Elite Winter Training Camp by former MLB Pitcher Pat Ahearne

pkahearne ·
Pitchers Elite Winter Training Camp presented by former Major League Pitcher - Pat Ahearne   There are secrets to outstanding pitching mechanics. Few know them. Fewer teach them.   In my  Pitcher's Elite Winter Training Camp , I'll...
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The Dick Birmingham Memorial Sports Complex

cchiass ·
“The Birm” – features 6 full baseball fields of various age appropriate sizes for players ages 7-18, including 3 outdoor batting cages, newly renovated fields, fences, and dugouts. The Birm also offers delicious concessions, clean restrooms, large pavilions for parents and spectators, and a Marucci Pro Shop…but The Birm isn’t just another concrete filled cookie cutter park. We undertook the ambitious project of saving and restoring this classic baseball complex for the enjoyment of...
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The Armory's "Rocket Launchers Road Show" August 10th & 11th at CBC

ThrowHarderFaster ·
Throw Harder Faster is a velocity development academy inside of Carolina Baseball Center and we are excited to bring you The Armory's "Rocket Launchers Road Show" August 10th & 11th at CBC. The Armory has developed 37 pitchers that have eclipsed the 90 mph barrier since its owner, Randy Sullivan, established academy in February 2011. Incredibly, six of these 90 mph pitchers just finished their freshman year of high school, class of 2016. As a licensed physical therapist and owner of...
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

SultanofSwat ·
Are you advocating forearm 'flop/lay back' backwards with your forearm at 90 degrees? Is that what MLB pitchers do? In video 3, you are advocating using weighted balls to increase your range of motion in external rotation. Why does my ROM need to increase? What is the ideal ROM angle?
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

jimster ·
Essentially, yes. And depending on what major leaguers you look it, it is what I tend to see. I would like to promote more of a focus of 90 degrees with the angle of your back, but there are guys that very on this part of mechanics. I have found that when my external rotation is at its max potential, the rest of my mechanics are where I want them to be. I will address the rest of your questions in two ways. ROM can refer to both static and dynamic ROM. A good way to tell the differences is...
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Ohio Dad ·
Just to add two cents, most of the players I work with have too much external rotation and not enough internal rotation. Most players that develop elbow issues have this exact imbalance: Internal Rotation Deficit. Not trying to be negative or argumentative in any way, but just what I have seen over 20 years. Not sure why a player would want to create that type of imbalance of ER to IR. additionally, it is not just the shoulder (glenohumeral joint) that allows these folks to get into these...
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jimster ·
Do you have an example of a pitcher who has that issue? I'm curious to see an example of a pitcher with that issue. Throughout the process of changing my arm action and overall mechanics, I was pretty consistently told that I have good internal rotation, when my external rotation was poor. So that is something I have little to no focus on that part of my mechanics. I also did very little research on internal research in general, so I am not very knowledgeable about the issues associated with...
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SUAWTG ·
Jimster- The DriveLine article you reference in your write up talks about the IR issues. Specifically the Sleeper Stretch. This is all new to me but has become a hot topic in my household since my son has developed scapular issues. He has very limited IR on his throwing arm compared to his non-throwing arm. This is typical of throwers acording to his Physical Therapist. Also he has been doing Jaeger bands 3 times a week for 2 years now and they are great for the rotator cuff, but don't do...
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

jimster ·
I remember the part the article a little. Is internal rotation lack of ROM just referencing a static stretch comparison or you're mentioning? Or is their something when those pitchers throw that show an issue too. I have read about pitchers having the issue your son is having, but I have not heard of any issues in the actual pitching motion. Similar to how I talk external rotation. You can see the level of external rotation you achieve. Is there something that you can see when you look at...
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

SUAWTG ·
I am not sure of a way to tell in the actual throwing motion. I am just a dad and know very little about this. The PT showed his lack of IR by comparing his IR via the Sleeper Stretch on both sides. His throwing side would not rotate without his shoulder blade moving forward with it. He had done normal stuff (only 14) not heavy lifting. Pushups and light weights etc.. Unfortunately if your scapular muscles are not activating then instead of these exercises making them stronger your body...
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

jimster ·
If you're interested in finding exercises to work those muscles you can search http://exrx.net/ . A great resource for anything related to working out. And free too. That's the best part. Also check out the body map here http://exrx.net/Lists/WtMale.html You click on the areas of the body that you want to find workouts for and it will show you stuff that you can do. If you are having him do push-ups, then you can add other body weight exercises to work the upper body as well. Pull ups and...
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

Bulldog 19 ·
Anybody want to take a guess on how many baseball players I've stretched into external rotation of the shoulder? Volleyball hitters? That's right--- Exactly ZERO. They already have excessive ER and by stretching it, all I would do is stress the already stressed joint..
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Re: External Rotation-What it is and how to improve it

jimster ·
Not everyone has excessive or complete external rotation nor am I promoting static stretching of it. Or any type of stretching. My article talks improving arm action so external rotatiom(that naturally occurs)can happen. I don't really understand the purpose of your post and it seems kind of combative. If you have seething to add to the conversation, please do. But please add comments that relate to the topic on hand. Thanks!
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Re: Pitching Analysis// (In game)//Delivery Help.

Truman ·
It's a difficult angle to see much detail. For the most part, the mechanics look good to me. However though, in your wind up you get in a good position on the back side, but it doesn't look like you're getting the "separation" you should (the angular difference between the alignment of your hips and the alignment of your shoulders) when you take your stride forward. And from the camera angle, this looks to be because the way you're using your left leg when you bring it down into an almost...
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Re: 2020 just wants to pitch.......

PWPW ·
Another thing to think about is how much kids mentally and physically change from middle school to their senior year. It sounds like he has just gone through puberty with the way you described his body changing. Usually it takes a good year or so for a kids hand eye coordination to catch up to his new body. Hitting has a lot to do with hand eye coordination. I would give it a few more years and see how he develops at both pitching and hitting.
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Re: Relief Pitching

cabbagedad ·
Well, that opinion has some merit but there are a whole lot of other things to consider. 13 innings is a really small sample size to draw too much from. Typically, in HS, you would want to give your opponent a different look with a reliever. But so many variables. Maybe lefty #1 was very effective but hit a pitch count. Maybe opponent has a bunch of LH hitters. Maybe the two lefty pitchers have different styles, pitch types and velos. Maybe the opponent runs well and a LHP can help shut that...
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BOF ·
ERA's are not a good of a measurement for relief pitchers since they often assume runners from other pitchers. 13 innings make the statistic even more meaningless and when talking about 4 innings, well it is a complete waste of time. (On top of that HS statistics generally are meaningless) It is what it is and when he gets to college his coaches will put him where he best fits their needs. Relax and enjoy the rest of his HS season.
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CoachJackE ·
The replys were kind of expected and I agree with all of them. The only thing I can say for sure is that so far my LHP hasn't needed any ice and all the LHP's utilize the same pitching coach. Thx
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TPM ·
Why is a senior not getting playing time?
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MKbaseballdad ·
Follow-up question to this - 2016 has turned into the team's closer this year (when he had been a starter last year) and has been very effective. His D3 school's season is over and they want to come see a game and asked him for his schedule (when we visited a few weeks ago). Outside of the obvious challenge in that he's never 100% sure when he'll pitch - how should he frame it up to the HC or should he even worry about it? Most of their games have been close so he's been highly utilized (7...
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Re: 2020 just wants to pitch.......

Golfman25 ·
Actually, he is at the age when teams start to look to add players who are "pitcher only." But he better like sitting around a lot. Depending on circumstances he may only get one game for a typical tournament week end.
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LuvMyKids ·
Yes.... This is something we need to discuss.
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TPM ·
JMO but from my experience players should not be pitcher only until they reach varsity in HS. Why the rush? Mine was one of the top middle school pitchers entering HS. He passed up most of his freshman year to play varsity and remained as a utility guy. When not pitching he played other positions. But during summer after that year he was a pitcher only on any travel team and HS team until senior year.
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LivingtheDream ·
At 12 or so my son thought he would like to be a PO. He wasn't having the success batting that he wanted and was frustrated. But, his team had 11 players so a PO wasn't an option(and we wouldn't have supported it at 12 anyway). So, he worked on his batting and by freshman year he had a pretty good bat. Now he is a sophomore playing varsity as a primary pitcher but will also play in the field as well. Because his bat is too good to put on the bench. Do you think his desire to PO is in any way...
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TPM ·
The OP explained he plays other positions but loves to pitch and wants to be a PO. Should he be? No. JMO
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Go44dad ·
This is what I have seen. At his age, a lot of travel teams want PO's, or kids who mostly pitch, but the orgs themselves do not work pitchers in practice like they are pitchers only. The put them through positional fielding and batting practice. If a PO, pitcher specific conditioning, bullpens, long toss, pitcher drills come outside of the org's practice. So just something to consider in how your son's travel team is set up.
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Re: 2020 just wants to pitch.......

baseballmom ·
I remember these words of wisdom..."there's only so many bullets in the holster". Since your son has seen such good progress with a pitching coach, have you considered that he may have the same or better success with a hitting coach? He's average now (as are most 14 yr olds)...a few hitting lessons could take him to above...or exceptional...or...? And, there's not quite the risk of overuse/injury/pressure. And, playing multiple positions, developing as a hitter...provides more options in...
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TPM ·
Great advice coming from another pitcher's mom.
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joes87 ·
Im of the mindset that he should continue as a two way player at this point. Things may change once he makes the V team at HS but until then leave all your options open. I am going to use my 2017 as an example... Up until this past off season he was a 2 way player. P, IB and some OF. Going into the off season his HS coach mentioned that next (this just started) season he most likely would be primarily a P on Varsity and play some 1B in the JV games (if he wanted to play a position). His...
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LuvMyKids ·
Yes..... He has not had the success at the plate as he's had on the mound. It's not that his hitting is that bad, I think it has more to do with his pitching is very good and his hitting doesn't compare.
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LuvMyKids ·
Thanks everyone..... All the feedback has been fantastic!
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LuvMyKids ·
Thanks for sharing...
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2020dad ·
He should do what makes him happy. But my approach would be to let the game tell you when it's time to be a PO. When the coach stops putting you in the line up then it's time to be a PO! In the meantime he can of course direct his efforts to improve more in the pitching area. Kind of what my son will do with basketball. Simply doesn't have any more hours in the day to give basketball a max effort. So he will play in high school for fun til the coach cuts him. If he plays four years great. If...
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CaCO3Girl ·
I also have a 2020 and I have to say I am confused by your post. Does your kid love baseball or not? It's all well and good to have a preference for a favorite position but playing on a team is suppose to entail the whole concept of "Yes sir, wherever you need me to play". We all gravitate to what we are good at, but your son will have more baseball options open to him if he can broaden his knowledge base. If he loves the game and wants to continue he should learn all that he can and become...
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Florida State Fan ·
I don't see a problem with your wanting to pitch only. His talent as a pitcher will determine whether he can do that or not.
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roothog66 ·
My son only became a PO when he became part of a team in which his bat simply wasn't as good as the rest of the lineup. This is summer ball. In high school, he will likely be hitting middle of the lineup. It doesn't bother him and we haven't spent a lot of time on hitting over the past couple of years, simply because it has been obvious for awhile that any opportunities to play beyond high school are tied firmly to pitching. the point is, I guess, that he didn't choose when to become a PO,...
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TPM ·
+1
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LuvMyKids ·
Thanks for the response
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kandkfunk ·
At that age, he still has a lot to learn about the game. Scenarios, plays, defensive strategies, etc. Do you think he will learn at the same rate watching from the bench as he would being a part of the action during each game? I know a couple kids your son's age who might do ok with that task, but the vast majority would not. My 2018 LHP son learned so much about baseball between 7th and 9th grade that I can't imagine him taking this route. I guess I would just be thinking about his overall...
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