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Illinois Pitching Coach on Being a Better Pitcher

Illinois Pitching Coach on Being a Better Pitcher...

Today Next Level Ballplayer got together with Drew Dickinson, the pitching coach at Illinois. In this short interview, we cover what advice Drew gives for ball players who want to take their game to the next level. He shares some very simple advice that every[...]
How Illinois' Head Coach Recruits HS Players

How Illinois' Head Coach Recruits HS Players...

Today Next Level Ballplayer got together with Dan Hartleb, the head coach at Illinois. In this short interview, we cover what Coach Hartleb looks for in the players that he recruits. He also shares some of the sneaky things he does to find out more[...]
Mike Martin's Favorite Hitting Drill

Mike Martin's Favorite Hitting Drill...

  Today Next Level Ballplayer got together with Mike Martin, the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. In this short interview, we go over Coach Martin’s favorite hitting drill. He shares a simple drill that is extremely useful and could really help take your two-strike[...]
Ned Yost On The Power of a Close Knit Team.

Ned Yost On The Power of a Close Knit Team....

NLB had the pleasure to speak with Ned Yost about the power of building rapport within a ball club not too long ago. Often times, the information that holds the potential for a transformative outlook on the game comes in the form of simple baseball[...]
Flordia State Coach Mike Martin on grades and driving to be better

Flordia State Coach Mike Martin on grades and driving to be better...

Today Next Level Ballplayer got together with Mike Martin, the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. In today's interview, you’ll learn what you can do to stand out as a ball player on and off the field. We cover the importance of getting good grades[...]

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Favorite Hitting Drills of Buster Posey and James Ramsey

Favorite Hitting Drills of Buster Posey and James Ramsey

James was an All-American at Florida State University and then was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft. We covered a lot of great material in our interview that we'll publish in the near future, but today we have a quick clip of Ramsey[...]
How To Increase Velocity & Arm Strength Through Long Toss with Alan Jaeger (video)

How To Increase Velocity & Arm Strength Through Long Toss with Alan Jaeger (video)

“What do I need to do to increase velocity… improve arm strength… throw harder… hit 90 mph on the gun…?” Those are the questions I frequently get from NLB players / parents / coaches.  Well, today we dive into exactly how you can increase velocity[...]
Reds’ Brandon Phillips Talks 'Golden Soldiers', Finding 'The Crunk Zone', Personal Baseball Goals and More...

Reds’ Brandon Phillips Talks 'Golden Soldiers', Finding 'The Crunk Zone', Personal Baseball Goals and More...

Today we get to spend some time with one of the best second basemen in the game who happens to have one of the best personalities in all of sports.  Of course, we're talking about the Reds' Brandon Phillips.  Brandon is in his 11th[...]
Are You Good Enough to Play D1 Baseball?  Here’s How to Know…

Are You Good Enough to Play D1 Baseball? Here’s How to Know…

Just about every serious high school baseball player wants to play Division I (D1) baseball. The reality is that most of them won’t.  My former college coach, Tracy Smith (now head coach at Indiana University), likes to say, “Every serious high school baseball player[...]
A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting

A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting

The other day I received this email from Indiana University’s head baseball coach Tracy Smith. Franco, Thought of you after drafting this email back to a parent today. You might be able to use this someway with your blog.  I think it could be a great[...]

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