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April 14th, 2013 by davecoggin

Are you where you want to be? Are you around others that are going to help you get there? Baseball season is over half way done and its time to focus in on getting where you want to be. Come in this month for a free workout and see why PFA training has helped the most baseball players in So Cal get into college. Training/lessons/recruiting/contacts I am fortunate to have some of the top resources in the country helping me get players to the next level and I want to help you out. Each player gets a free Fieldlevel recruiting profile with videos and assessments.
Thank you
Dave Coggin

Weekend Pitching Tip 3-24

March 25th, 2013 by davecoggin

I have benn doing lessons on the weekends for about 5 years, and have seen what a difference in pitchers that put in the extra time and effort over the weekend to get better than those who just wait til their one bullpen during the week at school. In 5 straight years those pitchers have been the MVP pitchers in 4 diferent leagues. It’s this extra work that I believe sets them up for long term success and good work habits. With 6 days in between starts it becomes even more important to get on the mound and throw and long toss.
Anyway, this weekend I started telling my pitchers about how to create the right mind set for finishing off pitches. And the cool thing was it really helped out guys on giving them a visual thing to relate to, so they could get great timing and tempo. What I told them was, I want pitchers to think of a delivery like a person making the natural and smooth transition of walking-jogging-running-sprinting. I told them to think about if I told you to start walking, then jog, then run and finally sprint. Your body would go from one to other smoothly and easily with you finally finishing with an all out sprint. I wanted them to picture this and substitute their delivery as that sequence with their arm (release point) being the final sprint. What happened was amazing! Each one totally nailed it and responded with instant feed back, and great results. Guys stayed calm and built up their tempo perfectly. Instead of going really slow (walk) to really fast and out of control before release point (sprint). Which some guys tend to do when trying to overthrow without getting their tempo matched up with their throws. I espeacially liked it on flat ground when we worked on shuffling into change up throws. I never once saw all weekend a pitcher slow their arm down. On the mound I’m always saying “see how easy you can throw hard” which really means I want them to be patient till they release (sprint). Wow, what a difference!
Athletes are visual learners and sometimes they respond by using other sports for comparisons, this one I think is a phrase (walk-jog-run-SPRINT) that I will use for a long time. I hope this helps.

Be PFAstrong!

DC

What side of the rubber do I pitch from?

March 5th, 2013 by davecoggin

Pitching from one side of the rubber or another is more about efficiency for each individual, rather than a stock one size fits all mentality. Telling a pitcher to do something, even as small as what side of the rubber to pitch from can change many things in a pitchers ability to be successful. This common teach of right handers to the right side and left handers to the left side always had me questioning the reasons. Some coaches will tell you something on the lines of “the angle of the pitch gives hitters problems,” or “you can hide the ball from hitter.” Ok…..where do I begin?

First of all and most importantly is a pitcher should ALWAYS pitch to your strength! Let me explain, if you have trouble or are uncomfortable pitching from one side or the other than you have to go to the side you can command the strike zone, espeacially the away side of the plate with your fastball. Ask any coach what the most important location and pitch command is and they should tell you “fastball down and away” if a coach is telling you to pitch on the opposite side of the rubber and you have to strain and struggle or worse change your mechanics to get to that pitch, then it may not be right for you. Before I go too much further you should know that when I went over last years National league All Star pitchers, there were only 2 out of the 15 pitchers on the roster that pitched from their arm side (Kershaw and Papalbon) all the others were completely opposite side of their arm or center of the rubber.

Secondly, the notion that a pitcher hides the ball better and creates angles are exaggerated, unless you are a freak like Jarred Weaver and can throw across you body, which in turn puts a ton of stress on your body, then good luck. But, I have asked lots of hitters about this and they always say the same thing, pitch selection and location is what gets them out. Also, along the same argument, coaches like to have their cake and eat it too, because you can’t have it both ways. Let’s say for argument sake that it is tougher to pick up the ball from the pitcher if it is a righty on righty, then it must be easier for a left handed hitter on right hand pitcher to see the ball because they have longer to see it come out of their release point. Look at lefty righty match ups and you can see that numbers don’t lie.

Third, the angle argument has some flaws in my point of view, and maybe this is why opposite side hitters have better batting averages against pitchers who are pitching opposite of their side. Coaches will tell you the trajectory of the pitch from the right hander (vice versa) on the right side of the rubber into the left handed hitter will give him trouble because of its angle into him, but when you see most pitchers their ball usually tails to the arm side back into the hitters barrel, which eliminates some of that angle.

I’m not saying pitchers should never pitch from their arm side, I’m just saying make sure it fits your strength and that it doesn’t effect your ability to command both sides of the plate. What may work for one pitcher may not work for you. My advice is to find out where your stride foot lands and make sure it lands on the center line from the middle of the pitching rubber to the home plate. If you feel comfortable pitching from one side or the other than go for it.

Weekend Pitching Tip

February 17th, 2013 by davecoggin

I talked today about pitch combo selection in your bullpen and how to practice it. Typically coaches will have some sort of point system or they may work on percentage of strikes in bullpens. That is good way to keep pitchers accountable about what they are doing in their bullpen, but sometimes we miss opurtunities to work on pitch sequences. Specifically change up after curveball. This pitch combo is one of the best combos to be efficient in. Hitters will always be geared up waiting for a fastball if you missed with a curveball, so by getting confident with throwing a change up in this scenario it will make you very effective. But unless you work on it in the bullpen you won’t be as ready as you could be. Next bullpen alternate curveball change up. Don’t worry about throwing a bad curveball, in fact that will make your practice more game like if you follow a bad curveball up with a good change up. Now when this situation comes up in a game you have already prepared yourself and it will just seem natural.

Good luck! Be PFAstrong!

2013 PFA Season Notes

February 16th, 2013 by davecoggin

I have said since I started this 5 years ago, that this was the year I was waiting for. This year will be the first year all of my original players who started and trusted me to train them. They were only sophomores in high school and are now juniors in college and closing in on their dreams of playing professional baseball. I thought before I update players I will try and compile a list of pre season honors from PFA performers. It’s the largest and most talked about group ever in my 5 years.

PFA has….

5 players rated in the top 100 in the country eligible for the draft
Adam Plutko UCLA
Scott Frazier Pepperdine
Chris Kohler Los Osos HS
Andrew O’Brien Corona HS
Ryan Olson Western Christian HS

2 Pitchers rated in the top 100 JUCO players in the country

Tanner Kiest RCC
Cortland Cox RCC

4 Pre Season NCAA All Americans

Adam Plutko UCLA
Scott Frazier Pepperdine
Andrew Vasquez UCSB
Adam McCreery ASU

Matt Whitehouse UCI

13 High School Players on the LA Times Top 100 to watch list

Scott Burke Glendora (UCLA)
Jonathon Olsen Damien (UCLA)
Erik Cha Ayala (uncommitted)
Andrew Eppenbach Bishop Amat (SDSU)
Gabe Gentner Roosevelt (UCR)
Grant Hockin Damien (UCLA)
Ryan Kayoda El Toro (Fullerton)
Chris Kohler Los Osos (Oklahoma)
Angel Landazuri Redlands (UCR)
Erik Martinez South Hills (uncommitted)
Ryan Olsen Western Christian (USD)
Jon Reid Bonita (Pepperdine)
Scott Hurst Bishop Amat (Fullerton)

Names not on the list but absolutely should be on it are…..

Tyler Witt Claremont (Oregon)
Andrew Bernstien Claremont (UCSB)
Solomon Bates Sera (USC)
R.J. Bates Sera (USC)
Ryan Mota Kieser (uncommitted)
Jermey Conant Alta Loma (uncommitted)
Johnathon Buckley Ayala (uncommitted)
R.J. Peace Serano (uncommitted)
Kyle Robeniol Los Osos (uncommitted) offers from Oregon, USD
Jeff Kross Upland (uncommitted)
Kale Morton Glendora (uncommitted)
Mike Gomez Upland (uncommitted) offers UCSB, POLY
Kyle Wade Chino Hills (uncommitted)