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[16 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
What’s in a Mound Visit?

When things start to unravel on a pitcher and an innings begins to get away, coaches will call time out and make their way out to the mound to speak with their pitcher.  There may be a list of things not going as well as he would like, but a visit from the pitching coach seems to calm things down.  Some coaches will move with a slower pace while other may be on and off the field before you know it.  The art of the mound visit can make a pitching coach look really smart …

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[12 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Components of Calling a Game

Brandon Tormoehlen
Bellarmine University
Should I let my catcher call the game or should I? This is a question that every pitching coach or head coach has to answer. Some coaches like to have more control of the game; others enjoy teaching their catchers how to call the game; and for some it’s a way we can still compete. This article will highlight a few of the factors that go into each pitch call throughout the course a game. Pre-series scouting reports, an opposing hitter’s swing, pitcher’s stuff, and adjustments will all be examined.
Pre-series scouting reports, whether …

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[6 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Games or Showcases?

As coaches are making decisions on what events to attend and where to see the prospects they covet, choices must be made to decide the venues and events to see them in.  Some coaches prefer to see more talent in one place in a showcase setting while others like to see the pitcher in a more meaningful competitive game that will usually have far less talent on the field.  With that, we want this weeks panel of coaches to share with us which scenario do they prefer to see.  A less meaningful inning or two …

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[4 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Pitching Mechanics from A to Z

By Joey Seal
Norfolk State University
From day one when I get a pitcher in my system, I ensure they understand the most imperative concept to mechanics is the ability to repeat them.  I am not big on encouraging every pitcher to be the same.  After all, sometimes the quirks and unconventional motions in a pitchers motion are what make him most effective.  The base of my philosophy is if the mechanics allow for effectiveness, are not putting the risk of injury out there, and are repeatable, I will not change a whole lot. However, there are …

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
What is the No. 1 Factor when Recruiting a Pitcher

As the summer recruiting season is now upon us coaches from around the nation will be out at tournaments and showcases trying to find the next great weekend starter or the final piece to a bullpen that will carry them to Omaha.  As coaches try to beat the bushes to find these prospects we wanted to evaluate what characteristics were most important to the coaches recruiting them.  For this weeks balls and strikes we asked our panel of coaches to look at this process.  While there are many factors that go into offering a pitcher …

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[28 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Building a New Staff from the Ground Up

By Rob Smith
Creighton University
In my eleven years as a division one pitching coach I will not have as much turnover as our staff will have this year.  We lose all three-weekend starters along with three of our four-bullpen guys.  We will return about 75 innings total from this year’s staff.  That in many ways is a very scary thought.  Experience goes a long way in this game and to face the prospects of completely over hauled staff can be very daunting.  On the other hand, one could look at it as a new challenge and …

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[23 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Texas A&M named Top Pitching Staff in the Nation

2012 has been another quality year for pitching in college baseball.  There are have been several great pitching staffs that have produced tremendous results.  In 2011 we introduced the InsidePitching.com National Pitching Staff of the Year award to recognize the top staff in the country for their regular season result.   In choosing the top pitching staff, we look at several factors.  The most common and at times over used metric is earned run average.  We also examine where each team ranks nationally in hits per nine, walks per nine, strikeouts per nine, WHIP (walks + …

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[21 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Wake Forest named Pitching Staff of the Week

As the 2012 college baseball season has wrapped up many teams were looking to make a push for conference tournaments, regional bids, and regional seeding.  In some cases teams were in must win situations to keep their post season hopes alive and the Wake Forest pitching staff answered that call this past week.  The Demon Deacon pitching staff helped lead Tom Walters club to a 4-0 week with a midweek contest against Charlotte and a surprising weekend sweep of Clemson.
Game one of the week saw Wake Forest put up 18 runs as the pitching staff …

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[20 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Evaluating Post Game Peformance

By Ryan Fecteau
Bryant University
I believe part of becoming a successful pitcher is to evaluate and reflect upon your performances.  Reflecting on performance allows us to look at our tendencies and identify strengths and weaknesses by compiling results for each pitch thrown. We use a few different charts to help evaluate our pitcher’s performance. Our pitching chart gives us our most valuable information, allowing us to look at the following information:
–        Pitch Sequence
–        Strikes & balls
–        Swings and Swings and Misses
–        At bat result/Spray chart
We record each individual pitcher’s performance into an excel sheet where a …

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[16 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Managing the Staff Late in the Year

By Mike Ranson
University of Delaware
Preparing your guys for the grind of the college baseball season is something all of us go through year in and year out.  At the Division I level, getting your kids ready for a 56 game regular season schedule and hopefully a post season tournament birth takes both time and dedication from you, as well as your pitching staff.  I am a firm believer in throwing, in some way, as much as possible.  I feel kids break down earlier due to a few things (emphasis on velocity, poor base mechanics, …