How Driveline Gets Results
Good pitchers share some characteristics.
Throw hard enough.
Throw quality pitches for strikes.
Be strong and mobile.
Compete your tail off.
Pitchers who do that have long careers. We train them all simultaneously in a tightly integrated fashion. Our pitching program is built to help athletes do all of them better.
What is Driveline Baseball All About?
The Driveline Pitching Program uses weighted balls, max effort and submaximal throwing, including plenty of warm-up and recovery to train pitchers who succeed at the next level.
Throughout your career, your goals as a pitcher change — and the Driveline protocol will change right along with you.
Ready for velocity training that works? Get ready to work.
A Day in the Life of a Driveline Athlete
The Driveline Pitching Program is more than just velocity development. From morning to night, we followed a Driveline athlete as he showed us a typical training day at the gym, as well as the mentality of moving to Seattle for an extended period of time.
RISK-ADJUSTED PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
Matt began doing Driveline’s pitching program at Oregon State. Beginning in 2015, he worked at our facility to add velocity, ending in his call-up to the Majors. Before the 2016 season he worked to maintain his velocity and add a slider to his pitch mix. See more here.
Christian came to us in 2014 throwing in the mid-80’s. He opted to leave college to dedicate his time training with us for a year, eventually getting his velocity up to 91-95 mph and was drafted by the Indians in the 29th round. Read more here.
Dan used the 2015-2016 offseason to regain his pitching velocity to allow his secondary pitches to play up. We used weighted baseballs, PlyoCare throwing and pitch analysis in his pitching program. In 2016, he had one of the best years in his career. Read more here.
Post-Injury Return To Performance
Casey came to us following two elbow surgeries and a drastic loss of velocity. He was cut in Spring Training throwing 88 mph. Over the course of several months, Casey regained his fastball velocity and improved his command. In 2015-16, he pitched at 96-98, touching 100 with a much-improved walk rate. Read more here and here.
Trey trained with us following shoulder surgery rehab and his release. During a high-intent throwing screen, he barely touched 88 from a crow hop. He spent several months regaining shoulder fitness and remapping his arm action. He sat 95 mph in indoor bullpens and signed at the end of the off-season. See more here.
Trevor has worked with us at various times since 2013 to improve his mechanical patterns. The focus of much of his work here recently has been to iteratively develop his pitch mix, specifically developing a new two seam fastball dubbed as the “Laminar Express”. Read more here.
Caleb approached us in 2013 to work on developing velocity by changing his arm path. With improved, sustained velocity, Caleb made his Major League debut in 2015. Caleb’s plan shifted to maintaining that velocity and developing a better curveball. Read more here.
Tony came to work with us immediately after the 2016 season. The main focus of Tony’s visit was to develop some sort of off-speed pitch that tunnels well with his 95mph+ fastball. Through high-speed camera work coupled with TrackMan data, Tony better refined his splitter and developed the cutter that you see today. Read more here.
Brandon came to us in the 2016-2017 offseason wanting to get a general assessment of his throwing mechanics and better refinement of his pitches. Through the immediate feedback from our high-speed camera and TrackMan data, Brandon was able to make quick adjustments to each pitch.
I was trying to choose between a lot of pitching programs. When it came time to make a decision I thought about it like this, [other pitching coach] knows the program works. Kyle knows the program works and knows why it works. And that’s why I chose to train at Driveline.
“Kyle’s understanding of what movement patterns and training modalities lead to a healthy and durable pitcher is truly world class”
What Are the Facets of the Driveline Pitching Program?
Our throwing training modulates three key training periods by intent and uses a mix of training tools, fit your dedication levels and time of year.
- Training Days
- Velocity: Throw the hell out of the ball and learn that throwing hard means understanding how to sequence your body.
- Hybrid: Learn to throw and change your pitching mechanics. These days blend elements of command, velocity, efficiency.
- Recovery: Prepare for the heavy training days that lie ahead of you with an easy, low impact day.
- Training Tools
- Warm-up and Recovery: Learn to prepare yourself to train and recover from your work that day to get ready for tomorrow. Serious athletes take warm-up and recovery seriously — and it is well over 50% of our program.
- Weighted Balls: Overload and underload ball throwing helps both passively remap mechanics and recruit the ability to throw harder.
- Long Toss: Catch play of all types helps you transfer PlyoCare throws to a baseball-specific context
- Mound Work: Pitching to a Trackman unit in a competitive environment with 25 eyes on you is simply a better environment to throw hard and spot up in.
Strength Training and Analysis
Strength training is integrated into our throwing program. We optimize for rotational power, speed-strength, and transferable results to the mound.
- Free Weight Training
From conventional strength training to explosive constraint-led training, free weights are the foundation of our program. Building a good foundation of general strength complements and improves the throwing-specific work.
- Specialized Training
- Keiser Training: Gas-operated machines to develop rotational power, Keiser training is the gold standard in MLB weight rooms for both power development and rehab work.
- Sprint/Impulse Training: Elite athletes know how to move fast well. Our programs are front-loaded with explosive movement preparation and mixed with pure speed development depending on your strength levels.
- Isometric/Eccentric Training: Often neglected in conventional baseball training programs, eccentric and isometric training improve durability of our athletes.
Pitch Design and Analysis
With a Trackman and synced high-speed cameras, we set specific metrics for how you would like a certain pitch to behave then iterate on it, until you can repeat it.
Trackman, combined with our own in-house analysis tools, helps you understand if certain pitches in your mix are being over- or under-utilized based on how those pitches compare with other elite pitches of the same type.
- High Speed Video
Driveline utilizes our two Edgertronic cameras that shoot up to 17,000 frames a second to iteratively build better pitches. Analyzing, frame by frame, how a certain pitch comes out of the hand and the flight of the ball, gives both the athlete and trainer a clear visual on how to improve that pitch. Combined with spin rate and velocity data from Trackman, you can rapidly improve your pitch mix.
Who Is A Good Fit for a Driveline Pitching Program?
Individual responsibility is incredibly important at Driveline Baseball.
We at Driveline Baseball collect as much data on your throwing biomechanics and results as we possibly can.
Our trainers learn about you and can put together a risk-adjusted pitching program to help you become the athlete you want to be.
Driveline helps pitchers become independent by giving you access to your performance data and educating you on how to think about it.
- We train serious athletes who do not need to be reminded to consume sufficient protein, get enough sleep, or come in on time.
- It is your responsibility to not throw at high intent on your recovery days simply “because you feel good.”
- It is your responsibility to sign up for sessions that fit within your schedule.
- It is your responsibility to partake in the free supplements provided to optimize your nutrition and hydration levels.
- Driveline does not strive to create a relationship where the athlete is codependent on us as a coach. We seek to be a bridge for dedicated athletes to learn how to own their careers and their results.
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This Is Not for Everyone
Simple answers are for internet gurus who make promises of 10 mph in 10 weeks.
You can expect us to test everything we present you with and hold ourselves to the standard of being the best pitching training program. Athletes fly from all over the country and work terrible jobs to train here for months at a time.
We don’t guarantee results. Most who train here get better, although some do not. We work every day to ensure that our athletes get better results, but we do not offer a silver bullet. If you are comfortable with the risk and work required to get better, we want to help you train.
Training at Driveline Baseball requires a mind willing to think and not blindly accept answers handed down from a coach who “knows everything.” Trainers at Driveline Baseball will be the first to tell you if they don’t know, because complexity and unknown factors are things we embrace.