Logan Carman deserves credit for helping New England’s top prospect in the Class of 2022 to recognize his potential at the high school level.
Carman, a strength trainer and pitching coach for Winnacunnet High (N.H.) pitcher Joe Allen, joined the New England Baseball Journal Podcast to talk about his four-year experience of working with New England’s top high school pitcher.
“When Joe first came to us (at East Coast Evolution baseball training facility in Exeter, N.H.), he was probably throwing in the mid-70s, which is still really good for an eighth-grader,” Carman said. “He made pretty significant jumps by his freshman year, and he was creeping up in the mid-80s that spring. At the WWBA World Championship that summer, he hit 90 mph a few times late in a game, and it really impressed college coaches that he could maintain that velocity throughout an outing. Every school in the country wanted to talk to him.”
Carman, who is business partners with former UConn and professional pitcher Carson Cross, continued to work with Allen through the pandemic. Carman and Cross lent gym equipment to their athletes while their Exeter, N.H., facility was closed and continued to provide free throwing and strength programs to over 400 athletes. Allen continued to add strength and velocity while reshaping his body. He came out of quarantine as a healthier, stronger pitcher.
“At a certain point, Joe probably was up to 255 lbs.,” Carman said. “Now, he probably sits around 220 or 225 lbs. It’s a much better body composition. A lot of it came down to nutrition. He started very simply during his sophomore year. I always preached the importance of nutrition to him, and he bought into it. Everything he puts in his body is a benefit toward hitting his goals. That’s a great way to look at it.”
Last summer, Allen served as the lone New England selection on the USA Baseball 18U National Team. He flashed a fastball that topped out at 95 mph with a plus changeup and slider during big-time events like the PDP League, East Coast Pro Showcase, Area Code Games, 18U National Team Trials and the USA Baseball Friendship Cup.
Carman and Cross will open another training facility in Woburn, Mass., next week.
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