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- What One D1 Baseball Coach Looks For When Evaluating Catchers (w Columbia Head Coach Boretti)
- Duke Pitching Coach Shares New Pitching Tips!
- Ben Zobrist on Why His Hitting Approach Completely Changes Each April
- A Professional Hitter’s Batting Tee Routine You Should Steal (With Matt Murton)
- Why Angled Front Toss Is Logan Forsythe’s Favorite Hitting Drill
- Indians’ Trevor Bauer Shares His “Wacky” Pitching Philosophy, How He Deals with Failure, His Mound Mentality, and More (Video) (2)
- How Josh Beckett Was Taught to Throw His Nasty Curveball (1)
- Swiping Bags with a Smile... & More with Dodgers’ Dee Gordon (1)
- Why Too Many Pitchers Never Reach Their Potential (With Pitching Coach Dan Spencer) (1)
- The “Best Way to Condition/Train Pitchers” w KU Baseball Strength Coach (1)
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Today we are joined by Columbia Head Baseball Coach Boretti to talk catching.
Coach Boretti was a big time catcher himself at Davidson College where he eventually was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame.
After a little bit of time in the Indians organization he began his coaching career before taking over as head coach at Columbia in 2005.
Catching is clearly a passion for Coach Boretti, and I appreciate him giving us a few minutes of his time to break down what he looks for when evaluating catchers, what “receiving the ball well” means to him, and more
Many thanks to Coach Boretti for sharing his helpful insight.
So you want to be a collegiate pitcher. Well what should your mind-set be if and when you get the chance?
How are you going to adapt quickly to the players with a higher level of ability.
What will be the best way to perform while holding up to the traditions and expectations of your new baseball program?
That’s what you’re going to learn a little bit about in this interview.
We have a GREAT interview w/ Duke Pitching Coach Andrew See.
In this post, Coach See talks a bit about the core principles he strives to instill in each new class of Duke pitchers that aspire to thrive at the collegiate level.
Coach See offers priceless advice so if you’re a pitcher getting ready for the season, this is a must watch/listen.
Ever wonder what MLB All Star hitters work on in the pre season?
Today we are joined by Rays All Star Ben Zobrist, to break down his pre season hitting philosophy and how that translates into in season success.
Hint: Working on hitting away in practice helps Ben pull the ball better in games.
Zobrist explains everything himself in the quick video…
Definitely consider incorporating this into your practice as well… Enjoy.
If you are a hitter who wants to make it to the next level, you hopefully understand by now that it’s going to take hard work.
With that being said, two other crucial factors of being a great hitter are
1. Knowing your swing
2. Having a hitting work routine that you trust
Matt Murton has hit everywhere he has gone. From hitting .385 as a Freshman All American at Georgia Tech, to hitting .286 in five MLB seasons, to going to Japan and breaking Ichiro’s single season hits record… Murton rakes everywhere he goes.
It’s been awesome working with him this off season and getting a front row view of his work ethic and routine (Plus he’s an awesome person).
The dude clearly has a plan and knows what he needs to do to continue to get better every day.
If you are a hitter, I can’t recommend strongly enough- WATCH THIS VIDEO!! of Matt walking you through his exact hitting routine and explaining the why throughout.
Then my challenge to you becomes this- Create your own routine. Feel free to start with Matt’s routine and then tweak it here and there until you have a great routine that works for you.
Oh, and by the way, be sure to watch to the end for Matt’s free 30 second Japanese lesson! Priceless.
Also, if you want a little more Matt Murton in your day, check out this video of him breaking Ichiro’s single season hits record in front of a crazy crowd.
A lot of times I hear players talk about a certain hitting drill they like to go back to when they are struggling a little bit, but rarely do I hear a hitter talk about a specific drill he likes to do when he’s feeling great.
Today we are joined by big leaguer Logan Forsythe to talk about the drill that he loves to do both when he’s struggling, and when he’s going good… angled front toss.
Check out the 2 minute video below of Logan talking about the drill and then showing us how it’s done (while I make perfect flips!).
Hat tip to my boy Matt Murton for taking care of the introduction!
Today we dive into the importance of pitchers being able to stay in the moment while on the mound.
Our minds seem to always be tempted to dwell on the past or the future. The best ballplayers learn to train their minds to consistently stay in the moment.
Today we hear from the Washington Nationals first overall 2013 draft pick (which came in the 2nd round), Jake Johansen.
I met Jake a few years back while he was pitching for Dallas Baptist University. He is a great person with tons of physical talent, but almost all our convos over the years ended up being about the mental side of pitching.
Going from a 45th round draft pick out of HS to a 2nd rounder four years later was a mental toughness journey for Jake. He had one of the best pitching coaches in the country to help (Wes Johnson).
Jake finished his first season of pro baseball w a 1.92 era in 12 starts.
In the video below, Jake talks about his mental side of pitching, the specific phrase he says to himself before every start, best advice for aspiring pitchers, and more.