05
06
2018

A Closer Look at Sport Specialization

During the draft of every major sporting event, the topic of “sports specialization” is guaranteed to come up. You’ll probably end up seeing plenty of graphics like this: Undoubtedly, there will be people who point out that many top-draft picks were multi-sport athletes, and because of that, you sho...

02
15
2018

The Pitfalls of 2D “Biomechanical” Analysis

Everyone wants to do what they can to prevent baseball injuries. With the increase in different technologies (wearable technology and high-speed cameras) and decreases in prices, there has been a shift in what coaches and players can do to examine their performances. Of course, as helpful as this te...

12
28
2017

Pulldowns: The What, Why, and When

Though controversial pulldowns are a staple of our off-season program, we see them as vital pieces to train athletes to handle the stresses of pitching. But, like everything, they can be misunderstood when not done in the proper context. The What Pulldowns, otherwise known as Running Throws, Crow Ho...

12
26
2017

Coaches Series: Off-Season Training Focuses

This articles was written by former Driveline trainer and now Head Coach at Lake Erie College, Cam Castro, detailing how to individualize programming to a players needs over the different parts of a season. Around this time last year, and in my first blog post, I wrote about how we were training our...

12
21
2017

Plyo Velocity, Weighted Balls, and Replication

The benefit of science is that it continues to grow and develop. More weighted-ball studies have been published, and more will come out. So what we know about baseball training (weighted ball or not) in three, five, and ten years from now will be far more than what we know now. One thing that we don...

12
20
2017

Coaches Series: Year-Round Programming

This post from our Coaches Series was written by Justin James, Assistant Coach at University of California, San Diego. He took over there in January 2017, having coached the previous seven seasons at Point Loma Nazarene University.  In previous posts, I covered implementing Driveline Protocols to a...

11
16
2017

Scaling Velocity & Useful Spin in Offspeed Pitches

We still don’t know a whole lot about spin rate. While we certainly know more about how to use it under certain situations, we don’t know that much on how to develop better spin. Because of this, we are running smaller experiments to get a better idea of what to test and what to look for. The idea i...

11
08
2017

Pitch Grips and Changing Fastball Spin Rate

We still don’t know much about why pitchers can spin the same pitches differently, and we don’t know that much about ball flight either. But in working with a variety of pitchers on pitch development, we’ve seen some interesting differences in spin rate with our athletes. Some of these differences a...

11
06
2017

Data Collection at the Small College Level

This article was written by former Driveline trainer and current Lake Erie Head Coach Cam Castro. Cam details how to track different pitching metrics at small college level to help pitchers develop. (Twitter: @Castro_Turf) When I worked at Driveline, I was spoiled. Trackman, Rapsodo, Motus, biomecha...