Till I Collapse -My Journey to D1 Baseball and Beyond


Got released from the White Sox in spring training as soon as I was “cleared” to throw again after a shoulder injury last summer. Wasn’t given the opportunity to throw live or get on the radar gun. Arm now in shape. Sitting 94 touching 95 on flat ground.

97 off the mound here I come.

Stay hungry.


Hate to hear it Ben. Been reading about your journey for the past few years. I know you have the perseverance to get back. Best wishes and hope to see you back where you belong soon!


You know your plan and path…no one will change that. Love your attitude!


Did you happen to play for the Winston-Salem Dash?



More confident than ever in my ability to get to where I know I belong.

My arm will have to explode in a million pieces before I let go. All comes down to sticking to my process, trusting in the training and learning from my mistakes.

Let’s do this.


Good luck, update?


I’ll release more details when all is said and done. But the mission is on track now more than ever. 96-97 on flat ground last week. Nothing under 96 off the mound my first time off the mound in months. Throwing more strikes than ever.

One day at a time.

Don’t count me out.


Thanks for the update! Can’t wait too hear more. Keep us posted.


97.7 last week off the mound. Bunch of 97’s, nothing under 96.

One step at a time.


Sat 97.4, hit 97.7 twice. Only 4 out of 20 pitches under 97. Keep it coming.


For those who don’t know, january 2017 (about 15 months ago), I had a TJ alternative called an internal brace procedure for my UCL at Andrew’s Institute in Birmingham. I had been working through a nagging on and off ligament sprain for 6+ months prior to electing to get the surgery (had not responded to 3 months of rest and rehab). It was a minor sprain that I could throw through but was nagging and wouldn’t go away. This alternative surgery is supposed to be a 6 month recovery, and 5 months after surgery my ligament felt as strong as ever and I was right on track for the rehab throwing timeline (where I was sitting 96-97+ in June in the previous posts). For me, the issue was the nerve transposition where I was putting an incredible amount of stress through that nerve which was the weak link as it needed time to re sheath and strengthen after being moved during the surgery.

I believe that process is close to being done, and I am ramping back into higher effort throwing. I was really hoping to be ready for this season but that’s just not in the cards.

I’m 26, obviously a low slot lefty, and having shown the ability to sit upper 90s indoors in turfs I am still quite confident that the long term plan is in place. I’m looking forward to my body holding together so I can get back to regular pens and get back to throwing my offspeed (my 78-82 mph slider from pro ball should get a nice bump now that I’m sitting 5+ mph harder).

Just putting an update here to let you guys know the journey continues!

By the way, realized I didn’t ever post video here, so here’s some footage from one of the summer bullpens. I refused to watch my own mechanics over the summer and had my training partner filming these pens, but he lost most of the footage when his phone broke. Here’s what I’ve got: https://youtu.be/-NIvwbT2U2E


Great to see you back here, Lanky. Would love to hear more about the procedure you had.


It’s called the UCL Primary Repair. It’s a relatively new procedure aimed at cutting the recovery time from TJ in half. It’s had good (but not perfect) results so far, so some surgeons are hesitant to jump on board. They don’t take a tendon from your body, but rather use a strong reinforcement “tape” to buffer the partially torn ligament. It’s not an option for fully torn UCLs or if there is significant enough fraying that the surgeon deems TJ to be the best option.

While my ligament was “back” 4.5 months after surgery, I had the nerve complication which took some time to go away, and I’ve had some chronic back and knee issues which is why I haven’t been able to return yet.

I’ll keep you guys posted when anything exciting happens. For now, our remote training company Tread Athletics has been growing like crazy and keeping me busy!