velocity development

Pro Baseball Summit, New Underload Baseball Record, Seminar Dates, Mariners’ Scout Team, and Wireless EXG Sensors – MaxVelo News

I’m going to try to make these posts a little more frequently since the 2013-2014 offseason is here, which means tons of action. Let’s get to it!
Pro Baseball Summit
Driveline Baseball will be hosting the first annual Pro Baseball Summit at our facility in SeaTac, WA from September 15th-21st. This seminar/group work session is open to all current professional pitchers, pitching coaches, and athletic trainers attached to a professional baseball organization. We will be covering a wide variety of topics, including – but not limited to:

Pitching Mechanics
Strength and Conditioning
Rotator Cuff Training
EXG Sensor Measurements – Muscle, Heart, and Brain Measurements (more on this later)
Command/Control Training
Velocity Development

If you are interested in attending, please contact Kyle Boddy for more information.

Confirmed attendees include Trevor Bauer (Cleveland Indians), Jack McGeary (Boston Red Sox), and Michael Boyden (Washington Nationals), with many other invites pending.
New Underload Baseball Record!
Resident flamethrower Julian Archuleta (Peninsula HS, 2015) hit 109 MPH on […]

By |September 2nd, 2013|Mechanics, Motion Analysis, Seminars, Training|0 Comments

Missed the Velocity Development Open House? Listen to the Audio!

If you missed the Velocity Development Open House for the 2013-2014 off-season, never fear, you can listen to a partial audio recording (redacted some of the colorful language as well as the in-depth analysis of our program – those are trade secrets not for public disclosure) on SoundCloud here:


By |August 5th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Frustrations with Fastball Velocity Gains: Understanding the Long Run

We’ve had a ton of success with our MaxVelo program, which just continues to be improved and improved upon (and always will be – the only constant is change). Athletes are getting a lot out of the program, but the rate at which athletes improve is not similar. The most common pattern for our athletes – backed up by the MaxVelo Study Data – shows a pattern like this:

First six weeks: Immediate jump in velocity. Arm feels fatigued.
Second six weeks: No gain in velocity. Arm durability goes way up, fatigue sets in less and less.
Next eight weeks: Very slight gains in velocity, if any. Arm durability trends sideways as the athlete is training 4-6 times per week.
Sometime after week 20: Another big jump in velocity.

Now, why this pattern exists is something I am trying to figure out (it suggests we might want to periodize our training in a different way), […]

By |May 23rd, 2013|Training|14 Comments

Velocity Development Program (MaxVelo) Study Data and Conclusions

All around the Internet, you can find people with pitching programs that claim to improve velocity and arm strength – including the MaxVelo program, which is our in-house program. However, most of the programs just have average velocity gains for a given population without a ton of detail given. I’ve always been a proponent of publishing as much data as possible, so I plan on doing just that today.

At RIPS Baseball, I was lucky enough to influence the throwing program for many of our athletes. Additionally, there were a group of athletes who followed their own throwing program, or didn’t do one at all. This gave me three groups of athletes to work with:

Control Group: Did their own thing (usually nothing, or very little)
Basic Group: Standard throwing program (detailed later)
MaxVelo Group: Advanced velocity training

The Control Group did their own thing. This was usually limited to bullpens, some band work, and their own weight lifting.

The Basic Group included athletes who did not miss more than 20% of their workouts, and performed basic strength, conditioning, and velocity development work developed by me. Here’s an example of a workout:

Warm-Up (Wrist Weights, Band Work, Foam Rolling, Dynamic Stretching, Boxing Bag Punches)
Resistance Training (Squat Variant, Single-Leg Work)
Plyometric Work (Skaters w/ Medball, Box Jumps)
Corrective Exercise (Pallof Press, Side-Lying External Rotation)
Throwing Program (Indoor Long Toss Variant, +/- 20% Weighted Baseball throws [4 and 6 oz])
Cardio Finisher (Kettlebell Swings, Tabata Timing)

Basic Group weighted baseball training rarely exceeded 9 oz. baseballs on the overload side and never exceeded 3 oz. baseballs on the underload side. (They performed a weighted baseball throwing routine that was very similar to the Free Weighted Baseball eBook that I published in 2011.)

The MaxVelo Group included our advanced velocity development training methods, which are well-documented throughout this site, as well as our extensive YouTube channel. Examples of training include, but were not limited to: Connection Ball Training, Advanced Deceleration Training, Plyometric Training, Reciprocal Stress Training, High-Speed Video Analysis, Rhythmic Stabilization Methods, etc. Again, only athletes who made 80%+ of their workouts were included, though none had to be cut from this group for qualification.


By |May 1st, 2013|Research, Training|15 Comments

Merry Christmas and A Look Back

From everyone at Driveline Baseball (all one of us), we wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

2012 was a landmark year for many reasons, not the least of which were:

Joe Marsh gaining 13 MPH on his fastball in five months (he came in last week and ended up throwing 97.7 MPH with the 3 oz. baseball, so he’s still got it)
Merging with and moving into RIPS Baseball
Moving RIPS / Driveline into our new SeaTac location (which continues to be a process!)
Debuting our velocity development program: MaxVelo (name to be changed in 2013, so keep an eye out)
Growing our client base – both local and remote training

Speaking of our MaxVelo program, here’s a quick update on the RIPS clients who have signed up and been tested in their first six-week cycle:

That’s an average gain of 6.7 MPH over six weeks, and every pitcher in the program self-reports significantly healthier […]

By |December 25th, 2012|News|0 Comments

Supramaximal Training with Weighted Baseballs

I’ve just found out through some of my contacts that a few notable coaches are no longer using heavy baseballs in their velocity development training programs, so I asked around to confirm it. After doing a bit of research and questioning, I decided to make a video on why we’ll continue to use heavy and light baseballs to replicate game stress that can’t be found in a training facility or your long toss fields (generally).

Take a look and tell me what you think!

By |July 30th, 2012|Mechanics, Video|0 Comments

Making the Sabermetric Argument for Increasing Fastball Velocity

In talking with major league executives, I often tell them: “What would it be worth if you could restore the velocity of guys who are dropping off, or improve the velocity of organizational players?” They all respond with: “Oh, a lot. For sure.”

However, I never could get a dollar figure out of them, and I hadn’t done any research myself, so I decided to roll up my sleeves and do a little educated guesswork on my own. Here are the given variables for a starting pitcher in the major leagues (loosely based off a former pitcher in the last 5 years with middling/decreasing velocity who ended up out of baseball last year):

FIP Constant 3.12
Pitcher is a right-handed starter
Peripherals: 24 GS, 255 FB, 28 HR (11% HR/FB), 50 BB, 2 IBB, 7 HBP, 120 K (7.2 K/9), 150 IP (6.25 IP/start) – 5.02 FIP 
Park Factor = 100 (neutral)
League Average FIP = […]

By |May 12th, 2012|Sabermetrics|5 Comments

Free Weighted Baseball Training Program!

The title says it all – we released our free Weighted Baseball Training Velocity Development Program.

Go pick it up!

By |December 29th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Life, The Fastball Training Book, and Plans for 2012

I said in my last post that I hoped to update this blog twice per week. Sadly, with my more-than-full-time day job consuming many hours per week and my nearly-five month old son demanding much of my free time (not to mention running the Elite Baseball Training program), this is going to be nothing more than a pipe dream. I’m primarily making this post so I can outline a few major things for current and future readers to take into account:

Blog updates will be sporadic at best, but I am working on a series of permanent articles called The Basics that covers simple concepts about weight training, speed/agility work, pitching mechanics, and so forth.
I’m formally announcing that I am writing a comprehensive fastball velocity development book, scheduled to be completed mid-late 2012. Unlike most popular baseball training books, it will have a very specific workout regimen that covers weight training, […]

By |December 10th, 2011|Fastball Training Book, News|0 Comments

Training the Throwing Shoulder Eccentrically to Reduce Injuries and Increase Velocity

Last year I spoke with Dr. Murray Maitland at the University of Washington about all things baseball, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. My primary interest in a meeting with Dr. Maitland was to talk about his study that he performed while at Florida State University – comparing FSU varsity pitchers against Dr. Marshall’s clients. (I never did get a copy of his unpublished study, as neither Dr. Marshall nor Dr. Maitland’s old assistant could dig it up.)

However, Dr. Maitland and I spoke at length about pitching mechanics as well as training the shoulder to withstand the immense stress placed on it during the baseball throwing motion. He said that he really loved Dr. Marshall’s concepts of training eccentrically, referring to Dr. Marshall’s use of wrist weights:

(That’s Tyler Matzek performing the drop-out windup wrist weight exercises at Lon Fullmer’s training facility. Lon and I don’t get along personally, but I respect his […]

By |October 24th, 2011|Injuries, Training|0 Comments