Everyone Said He Wasn’t Good Enough. Then He Made a Phone Call.
You can’t cookie cut pitcher development but you must have a process!!!!
Developing ability in pitcher is an incredibly complex endeavor. Ever pitcher is different–an individual snowflake with his own unique set of attributes and constraints. So there is no way a one-size-fits all approach can possibly work.
But if you’re going to develop pitchers, you must have a process for evaluating each guy, and you’ll need a tool box full of drills and exercises to correct any inefficiencies you may find.
And of course, you have to constantly work on building the explosiveness and pitcher-specific athleticism that provides the foundation for progress.
At The ARMory, we have developed that process. And the evidence is clear. Our system works. Since we opened our doors in February of 2011, we’ve helped 55 pitchers achieve a 90+ mph fastball. Over 200 have added more than 5mph to their velocity.
Here is our process in a nutshell.
1) Build a pitcher specific motor
2) Assess each pitcher for possible constraints in development
3) Target the training with drills and exercises designed to carve away the constraints
4) Conduct the entire process on the foundation of cutting edge motor learning principles
5) Add in a healthy dose of world class mindset training
Then get out of the way and watch the magic happen
I have written in great detail about the process in our Engineering The Superhuman Pitching Machine Series of books and videos.
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You’re probably thinking 90 mph, or even adding 5 mph to your arm is an unrealistic goal–that you’ll never be able to do it. Well that’s exaclty what Cody Martin was thinking last January when he called me just before his 11th grade high school season began. It was the day before our very first weekend Rocket Launchers Training Camp
Here is a transcript of that conversation.
Me: “Hello. It’s Randy.”
CM: “Hey Coach, looks like I won’t be coming to that camp tomorrow. I got cut.”
CM: “I got cut from the team.”
Me: “Wow. I didn’t see that coming. You were on the team last year. I never expected that. What did they tell you?”
CM: “Nothing much. They just said they had better pitchers than me.”
Me: “I said, ‘Good’, Cody. This is the best thing that could have happened to you.”
CM: “What do you mean? I love baseball, I can’t believe I don’t get to play any more.”
Me: “I understand how disappointed and heart broken you must be right now, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and this is going to turn out to be a great thing for you.
CM: “I don’t understand.”
Me: “Listen, Cody.You’re a great kid. When you started training with me 2 weeks ago, I could see you have a lot of potential. But right now your fastball is topping out at 81 mph. If they had kept you on the team, you probably would have only gotten about 5-10 innings for the entire season. More importantly, during the season you wouldn’t be able to improve your ability enough to be able to draw attention during the most important time of the college recruiting process–the summer befor your senior year. For the next 5 months while all your buddies are wasting their time hitting fungos and shagging flies at practice and playing in a bunch of games that really have impact on the rest of their lives, you’ll be able to train every day and get better. We’ll have you throwing 90 mph by the summer, you’ll go out on the travelball circuit, attend some showcases and light up the radar gun, and someone will offer you a scholarship to play college. Your grades are good, so if you can flash 90 mph on the mound, someone will want you on their team. And when its all said and done, you’re going to be able to tell a story that will give others hope. You will change people’s lives.”
CM: “I never thought of it like that. Do you really think I can do it?”
Me: “I have no doubt. If you come to our camp this weekend and learn everything about our process and then work hard every day to apply what you learn, you will throw 90 mph and you will become a college pitcher. This is not the end for you. This is only the beginning..”
CM: “OK coach, I’ll be there”
Now, some of you may be thinking “Great. Nice sales job. You gave that kid false hope and he gave you money to attend your camp.”
I totally understand that thought. But if you know me at all, you know that if I didn’t believe in our system–if I wasn’t completely sure I could help guys like Cody–I wouldn’t do it. For the last 7 years, I have spent thousands of hours and too much money to count researching and developing the process that has helped so many guys. I sleep about 3-4 hours every night, because there is still more work to be done. And we are getting better every day. I run a thriving Physical Therapy Practice that has been in operation since 1993. We do pretty well there. And while studying and developing basball player development is my passion, trust me when I say, there are plenty of easier ways to make money.
I do what I do at the ARMory because it feels good to help change people’s lives. PERIOD. EXCLAMATION POINT! END OF TEXT.
Cody Showed up at our Rocket Launchers Training Camp along with 27 other pitchers (ages 8-26) on Saturday morning at 9:00 am sharp. During my introductory presentation, I was discussing how the world tries to put us all in little boxes and tries tell us what we are and are not capable of doing. But at The ARMory, we don’t let others define us. We decide our own destiny, and we never allow others to decide our future by labeling us or squashing our dreams. I made eye contact with Cody and almost lost my composure when I saw a single tear making it’s way down his left cheek. By the time our first mindset video was finished, Cody was ignited.
For the rest of the weekend Cody was laser focused on learning the material. He took notes when we blended in nearly seven hours of multimedia presentation outlining the science and the steps to implementing our process. During the hands on drill training, he was attentive and totally locked in, doing his best to understand and get the drills right. And when we executed our two Superhuman Pitcher Specific Motor Building workouts (one on Saturday and one on Sunday), he attacked the exercises with a ferocity I had never seen in him before. When we did his head-toe-assessment and video analysis we found several significant opportunities or improvement.We used that information to write his training plan to perform daily for the next 21 days. He was pumped up!
He had a plan.
By the time I showed the last mindset video on Sunday afternoon and made my final motivational presentation, Cody and I were both in tears. As he left, he hugged me and said, “Thank you, Coach. I’ll be here training Monday afternoon.”
So now if you’re like me your thinking, “So what happened? How does the story end?”
Well, the truth is, the story will never end. Cody is still writing his story every single day, but here is an update. Cody trained with me 3-5 days per week from the day after the Camp ended until today. It wasn’t easy. He hit several plateaus and roadblocks along the way. He had a few minor episodes of pain we to navigate around, but by June he had added 9 mph to his arm and had thrown his fastball 90 mph. His ability was definitely climbing, but there are always other factors to consider.
Cody joined an elite travelball team, but didn’t see a lot of action on the mound. The scholarship offers he had dreamed of did not come. As the summer turned to fall, even though he was frustrated, Cody kept working hard. Then came the big tournament-The Perfect Game WWBA Championship in Jupiter, Florida in late October. For players entering their senior year in high school, this tournament is the big kahoona. If they haven’t already landed a scholarship by the time Jupiter rolls around, it will be their last chance to show their stuff. Cody was ready. His fastball had crept up to 93 mph and he couldn’t wait to show the hundreds of college recruiters in Jupiter what he could do. The trouble was, Cody didn’t make out the lineup card. The tournament ended with his team eliminated in the round of 16. He played some right field, and got some at bats, but with all those scouts in attendance, he pitched exactly zero innings.
When he got home, he was crushed. I talked to his dad and to him and said, “I’m not a big advocate of everyone going to show cases, but for a like Cody who hasn’t gotten the attention he needs, it’s really the only remaining option. Looks like Cody is going to have go light up the radar gun at a showcase.”
The first showcase Cody attended was held at The University of Tampa in November. Cody was red-hot and popped 92 mph on the radar gun! He had gained 11 mph on his fastball in about 11 months! And finally, someone noticed. The head coach of the defending NCAA division 2 National
Champions, The University of Tampa Spartans called Cody and offered him a spot on the team.Cody had always dreamed of playing at UT, and he accepted the offer. Cody recently set a new personal record at 94.6 mph, and I haven’t seen him throw a pitch less than 91 mph in over 4 months.
So now this kid who was cut from his team in January has skipped high school baseball completely and is headed to college to pitch for one of the best programs in the country.
And now my question to you is this.
Why not you?
Imagine if you added 11 mph to your fastball over the next 11 months?
Would that change baseball career?
Would it change your life?
But maybe you’re hesitant to come to a camp during the baseball season for fear that you’ll throw too much and your arm will be worn out when you return to your team.
Well I have good news.
We have intentionally modified the format so that even if you are currently playing for your high school team,or in a spring league you only need to actuallythrow as much as you want.You can control the volume of your throwing during the camp, and you’ll still learn everything you need to learn.
So now there is nothing to hold you back.
and start the countdown to your own ignition.
The college recruiters and pro scouts are waiting, but they won’t wait forever.
I promise you, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you attend our camp and aren’t completely satisfied, I’ll refund all your money. No questions asked.
Until Next Time,
Hope is not a plan, but a plan gives you hope.