Hey everyone at LTP. I’ve been a member since 2007, and read the forums daily but I finally decided to get serious about keeping a log on my further progress. Here’s a little about my self.
I’m a 19 year old second semester freshman at DII Flagler College, but didn’t make the squad this year (I’ll explain a little later about that). I’ve always had a passion for pitching and its what I love to do. In the fall of 2009, I was a freshman at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and I hoped to walk on to play. However, due to some unfortunate circumstances, I had to leave the school and I was forced to take the rest of the semester off. I enrolled at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and the first thing I did once I got on campus was talk to the head coach of the team about possibly trying out. I wasn’t able to since the tryouts were in the fall, which was a huge bummer. But I started hitting the weights and tried to get myself in top physical shape so I could try out this fall. I also started taking lessons with former Chicago Cubs catcher Rick Wilkins, who helped changed my mechanics.
Once the fall semester came around, I felt as confident as I have ever been. Once I stepped on the mound to pitch during the Intrasquad game, I zoned in and did awesome. During the game, each of the pitchers threw to five batters, no matter if they all got hits or all struck out, or anything in between. To my five batters, I only allowed one baserunner and had two K’s (which was the best out of all 14 pitchers who threw, including returners) and thought I had a great chance of making the team. Once coach put the cut list on the dugout wall and my name wasn’t on there, I was absolutely crushed. For days I didn’t say or do much at all… All I could think about was that I had done something wrong, didn’t work hard enough… Once I had a few days to think to myself, I made a promise to myself that I didn’t play my last game, and I vowed I wouldn’t give up on playing collegiate baseball. I’ve worked way too hard, put in so much effort for it to not pay off in the end. So the next week, I went to the gym and started my started my quest.
I’ve been using Tuff Cuff for a long time now, but a few weeks ago, I started using Eric Cressey’s Maximum Stength and I am now a believer of the program… I’ve only been through the first phase, but I have seen gains I never though imaginable… 75lbs more on a 4 rep box squat and I’m deadlifting 315 x3, which is up from my 1 rep max of only 215…
Anyways, I just recently joined a Wood Bat League in my hometown of Jacksonville and I’m getting some good work in. I know I’m going to see the gains in the weightroom translate over to the diamond.
Now… on to my first post
Had a double header today and started the first game. I pitched possibly my greatest game of my life today.
7 innings (CG), 9K, 4BB, 3H, 2 ER.
I felt absolutely on fire. I had total command of all of my pitches and could, and did, threw every one in any count. The walks were were because of not getting a couple of blatantly obvous calls, and trying to over throw. Not sure on the top Velo, but I would have to guess in the 81-85 range. Second game, played center and didn’t get a single ball hit to me (Don’t you just hate standing out there and not getting an action?). Lost 8-6, but we all hit the ball extremely well today.
Anyways, I’ll be sure to post my numbers and progress I up in the gym tomorrow, as well as my meals, protien, ect… I also hope to get some recent video at our next game and post a couple of previous videos to get some eyes and check out the things that are going right for me mechanically wise.
Time to catch some z’s… :forwardroll: