D1 Baseball Coach Shares The Intangibles He Looks For When Recruiting

 

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Wow, it’s been a crazy month in the baseball world. A few congratulations are in order before we get to today’s article.

1. Congrats to Vanderbilt for winning the 2014 CWS. Coach Corbin is a great coach who has built a juggernaut in Nashville.

2. Congrats to my college coach Tracy Smith, who after leading Indiana to another great season, took the head coaching job at Arizona State. Best of luck at ASU skip! If you haven’t read it yet, here’s an article I wrote on the 10 Life Lessons I Learned From Tracy Smith.

3. One other thing. For you high school baseball players looking to play college baseball, stay posted for a huge NLB announcement next week.

Without further ado, here’s today’s article…

If you are reading this article, you probably have aspirations of one day playing college baseball. If that’s true, than understanding what college coaches are looking for becomes very important.

When most players and parents think about getting recruited, they think about throwing hard, running fast and hitting the ball far… They don’t understand that it goes way beyond that for most college coaches.

When it comes to being recruited College baseball coaches look for more than just talented players, they also take a serious look at the intangibles… especially at the D1 level where there is a lot of competition for each scholarship.

Today we are privileged to be joined by one of my favorite college coaches, University of Washington coach, Donegal Furgus.

Coach Furgus breaks down the intangibles that they look for at UW and the importance of keeping an open mind while going through the recruiting process… Enjoy.

 

 


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Want a Deeper Focus In the Batters Box? Make This Simple Adjustment In Practice

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Many players and coaches assume that when a hitter is struggling the plate the culprit is a mechanical or mental problem. Very seldom is the question, “is the hitter seeing the ball effectively” asked.

“Sure they’re seeing the ball…their looking right at it!” So they may be thinking.

You’d be surprised just how much information is not picked up when trying to judge rotation, spin, velocity and pitch plane effectively.

In this video with Jason Stein from the Cleveland Indians, he’ll share a few quick ideas on how you can develop the “vision” aspect of hitting a baseball!

I hope you enjoy this quick baseball interview clip.

 


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Most Effective Way Catchers Can Improve Pop Time (Answer Might Surprise You)

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“Pop Time” is a very sexy term in the world of catching. Every catcher with aspirations of playing at the next level probably knows their pop time and has goals in place to help improve that time.

Most people immediately think arm strength, but today’s guest goes a different route when I ask him about the most effective way for catchers to improve their pop time.

Enter Columbia University Baseball Coach, Coach Boretti. Coach Boretti was a stud catcher in his own right (Davidson Baseball Hall of Fame), and has continued to develop catchers as a coach since his playing days in the Indians organization came to an end.

Special thanks to Coach Boretti for spending some time with us and sharing his catching wisdom.

 


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How a Gold Glove 3rd Basemen Cut Out 5-10 Errors Per Season

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Throwing the baseball across the diamond is something a lot of infielders take for granted.

It can be done without much thought, but if you are passionate about making it to the next level, you know by now that attention to the fundamentals is a must.

“Gripping the baseball” seems like a simple conversation, but being able to consistently get a four seam grip takes practice.

Today, Gold Glove 3rd Baseman Chase Headley takes a few minutes to show the adjustment he made a few years back that helped him become known as one of the best defensive 3rd basemen in the game, how he practices making good throws, and how it translates into games.

If you are an infielder, take the 3 minutes to watch Chase’s video and start perfecting your four seam grip until it becomes second nature.

Cheers to getting better today,

Franco

 

 


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One Trick To Hitting High Velocity Fastballs

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Sometimes one adjustment in your hitting approach can make a BIG difference in how productive you are at the plate.

Having the right information to help you decide what adjustments to make and how to go about doing it, could be a huge advantage for you as a hitter.

That’s why I take the time to hunt down major league all-stars to spill the beans on how they do what they do and what steps they take to continue doing it throughout their entire baseball career.

Listen to Zack Cozart (Reds’ SS) speak about the importance of getting your front foot down early and how that helps him hit higher velocity pitching… and he shares his ENTIRE approach that allows him to be consistent.

It’s a great piece of advice, that I’ve heard from the mouth of many different big league ballplayers.

Now you have no excuse to not being a fast-ball hitting machine!

Enjoy the video.

 


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Having Fun In a Game of Failure and More with Adam Dunn

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Hey what’s up guys, hope everyone is having a great week.

If you are a fan of long home runs, you are automatically a fan of the White Sox’s Adam Dunn.

Dunn is in his 14th big league seasons and has 443 (and counting!) home runs to his name.

Despite being one of MLB’s most feared home run hitters in the last 15 years, Dunn is a very down to earth and nice guy.

He was more than willing to spend some time with Next Level Ballplayer to talk about the importance of having fun while playing a game of failure, why “hitting mechanics” are a scary thing, and his best advice to ballplayers who want to make it to the next level.

Special thanks to Adam Dunn for hanging out with NLB… enjoy this insight from one of the top power hitters in the game.

 

 

 


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