The most recent guests on The Base Path Podcast can help prospects add 4-12 mph to their respective fastball velocity. For hitters, they can help add 10-20 mph to their swing velocity. The guests — John Miller and Jamie Aldoupolis — are from The Winning Pitchers Academy in Framingham, Mass.
By using video technology to help pitchers make mechanical adjustments, they can help prospects achieve their goals in terms of increasing velocity and harnessing command of multiple pitches.
“The main thing we see with most pitchers is that they’re out of sequence in their landing,” Miller said. “We say that 80 percent or more are not timing it correctly when their foot first hits the ground. Their arm is not in the right position, or their hips or torso are not delivering in the most efficient way. When you do that, you’re putting a ton of pressure on your arm. The thing that starts the delivery that we find sets up a lot of people for failure is not leading with your hips.
“As you come down the mountain, you want to lead with your hips by 15 to 28 degrees. That’s setting you up for success and good weight transfer on the mound.”