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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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[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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[25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Does Size of the Pitcher Determine Injury?

As we are nearing the last 1/3 of the college season the wear and tear of pitch totals can certainly begin to show up.  It is no secret that the teams who will prosper in the post season are usually the ones who can stay healthy.  Further more, the teams who are most healthy on the mound will win at an even higher level.  When trying to project future injury coaches will look at several different things such as mechanics, pitch totals, previous heath among others.  One specific thing that is always considered is size. …

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[14 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
How Vital are Scouting Reports?

In all sports, knowing something about your opponent can be huge advantage.  In the world of college baseball there is limited television coverage so teams rely on each other to obtain information about upcoming opponents.  With this, you will get some good information and maybe not so good information.  For this weeks balls and strikes, we want our panel of coaches to give us their opinion on scouting information as it applies to the college game.  Is it useful or over rated in regards to winnings games.  How can it be applied an ultimately how …

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[7 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
In Season Running – Distance or Sprints?

Now that we are in season pitchers will be doing recovery work in between starts.  There has been much debate in regards to the use of long distance running for pitchers.  Some coaches are advocating the use of sprint work because they recover quicker from it and it also mimics the short explosive movements pitchers do. Some Pitchers and Pitching Coaches feel the idea of using distance for “flush” or stamina building is useful in training their athletes.  For this weeks balls and strikes we asked our panel of coaches what they believe is best …

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[17 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Can Extension Be Taught?

One of the hot topics in the coaching of pitching recently is the concept of extension.  It is certainly not a new concept to pitching, but one that has been getting more and more attention as of late.  In some cases, complete drill sets and pitching philosophies are based around the idea of getting better extension.  Some pitchers make it look effortless, while others appear to need more help getting it.  Some argue better extension will help with “perceived” velocity while others feel that trying to over teach it can lead to much bigger problems. …

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[4 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Can the Strikeout be Taught or is it Just Talent

The strikeout can change the complexion of a game in big situations.  Having pitchers who can knock hitters out this way can be a huge advantage.  Some pitchers have the knack for being able to strikeout hitters while others just can’t seam to make hitters swing and miss.  Many pitching coaches might contend this is a talent issue, while others would disagree and feel you can teach a strikeout mentality.  For this edition of balls and strikes we asked our panel of coaches to give their opinion if they believed this ability to strikeout  hitters was completely …

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[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Are High School Stats Useful in Recruiting?

Recruiting has long been considered the life blood to college programs.  More specifically, the ability to recruit quality pitchers into a program can make or break the success of a team.  When looking at all of the factors that go into choosing a pitching staff from year to year, coaches have to determine which pieces of information to hold most important.  In this weeks Balls and Strikes, we wanted to explore the importance of high school statistics.  We asked our panel of coaches to give us their opinion on how much merit they put into …

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[12 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Pitchers Off Season –  Keep Throwing or Shut it Down?

In conjunction with our previous series on the off season we wanted to poll our InsidePitching.com coach’s panel about pitchers throwing in the off season.  Many professional clubs recommend their pitchers take several weeks off from throwing.  Some colleges prescribe to this practice as well, while others take the opposite approach using long toss programs or weighted ball routines.  Some coaches also buy into the idea that the arm only has so many bullets so pitchers should not throw during the off season.  In this weeks installment of Balls and Strikes we pose the question; …

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[1 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Which Side of the Rubber should the Pitcher Stand On?

This version of “Balls and Strikes” was inspired by an emailed we received earlier last week.  In the spirit of this website, our readers are now beginning to seek out information they need to help make their pitchers better.  If you have a question you would like answered, or you are just looking for various opinions on a particular topic, please email us at aparks@insidepitching.com.  The question asked by our reader was “What side of the rubber should pitchers stand on”.  While this topic may not be as controversial as some we have had, it …