Hello all, I’m a freshly minted 17 yo, junior, RHP out of Oklahoma. Recently I’ve experienced the hardest year of my life thus far. I became severely depressed to the point of not wanting to be seen by my own family, due to a horrible and unexpected breakout of acne. This breakout resulted on me beginning the drug Accutane, and losing any confidence or self-esteem I had previously possessed. Through all of this my love for baseball never faded. Baseball was the one bright spot in a rather dark life. Fast forward from summer 2012 to winter 2013. I finally finished Accutane and regained my face. Things were starting to look better, baseball was coming together and my life was starting to become somewhat enjoyable again. My pitching command has always been a struggle. Ive never had trouble throwing hard but I’ve never been able to find my command. My coach pledged to work with me throughout the winter when all of the other pitchers were shutting down, just so I could work on mechanics and command. Unfortunately though I pushed myself to hard and ended up with a very strange injury. After pitching through the pain I was feeling in my shoulder, I began to notice my velocity drop significantly. I decided to shut it down and figure out was wrong. Fast forward to today, after two months of physical therapy, I finally worked out the kink in my arm. Turns out I had somehow experienced some sort of minor tear to my supraspinatus and when it healed, there was edema left over which was causing pain in my shoulder and decreased motion. My arm is finally back but as a result I’ve sat out my junior season of baseball. Unfortunately I’ve lost alot of valuable time sitting around this year and I would like to make it up.
- 5’11 195
- i would say about 15-18% bf
- Velocity (from my first bullpen back today)- 80-82 top out at 84. Same as last summer…
- Grade 3.3 gpa (would be higher if I decided to not take AP courses)
My goals for this summer:
-Add 5 or more mph to my fastball
-Work on my mechanics
- Gain lean muscle mass and cut BF
- Finally and most importantly, prove to myself that I can do it
I was inspired to pursue this goal after reading LankyLefty, Seanbaseball14 and countless others stories of success. You guys are awesome and I wish you all continued success in baseball and life.
I will be pursuing this goal with the help of TuffCuff, the weighted baseball program outlined in TuffCuff and help from a local pitching coach. I’m really sorry for the long post and sloppy grammar. I hope to get to know some of you better along this journey.