Till I Collapse -My Journey to D1 Baseball and Beyond


#881

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.


#882

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!


#883

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


#884

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


#885

Yessir!

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.


#886

Good luck, update?


#887

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.


#888

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


#889

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

One step at a time.


#890

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


#891

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


#892

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