Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Introducing Tim Gustafson to the CSP Family

In light of my recent Indians announcement, I wanted to follow up and let everyone know who we’ll be bringing on board to help finish the rest of the off-season when I head to Spring Training on February 15th. I alluded to the fact that we had someone in mind, but now we’ve finalized that

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Saying Thanks to Friends and Mentors

I’ve always enjoyed reading those articles that start popping up this time of year, generally titled, like, “Things I learned in (insert year)”, or something of that nature. So this year, I figured I’d give my own take on it. In light of my recent Indians announcement, this seemed like a good time to show

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Big Changes Ahead for 2016

Now that the contract has been signed and the ink has dried, I’m honored to be able to announce that I’m going to be joining the Cleveland Indians Organization for the 2016 season. I’ll be taking on a player development role as a Pitching Coordinator helping to oversee their Minor League system of development. This

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Pitch-A-Palooza Brain Dump

For those of you who are unaware, this past weekend was the 3rd edition of Lantz Wheeler’s Baseball ThinkTank seminar called “Pitch-A-Palooza”. This annual event is held in Nashville and has included some of the world’s best baseball coaches/instructors/theorists, etc. and this year was certainly no different. I might even go as far as to

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Increasing Velocity Through More Efficient Landing Positions

In today’s article, we’re going to look at a high school prospect, who was demonstrating some classic inefficiencies in his throwing motion. This will allow us to discuss some changes he made to his landing position, which helped him improve both his command and velocity in a relatively short amount of time. For starters, I think

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Matt Blake: The Man Behind the Y-D Arms

(Written by Y-D Red Sox Beat Writer, WESLEY SYKES (@Wesley_Sykes), and originally run on the YD Red Sox Home Page)   The arms of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox rest on the mind of Matt Blake. No, this is not a lesson in physiology — I would not be the person you’d want to consult on that

Monday, May 25th, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Memorial Day Musings

In light of it being Memorial Day Weekend, and the unofficial start of Summer, I figured I would take a second to reflect back on some thoughts I’ve had over the Spring season, and in particular this past weekend’s events. For those of you who may not know, we recently had another long-time Cressey Sports

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 | Post Author: Matt Blake

Projecting the Development of High School Pitchers: Training Habits Matter

It happens every year. Inevitably, I talk to college coaches about players with whom I work, and without fail, the conversation always comes back to the question: “what type of kid is he and how hard does he work?” These are two loaded questions and they’re becoming incredibly important in the evaluation process for college

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | Post Author: peter

Timing Adjustments and Their Impact on the Pitching Delivery: A Case Study

Courtesy of Cressey Sports Performance I recently Tweeted out a picture of some mechanical changes a pitcher had made and it received a lot of responses. As such, I decided I would follow up with a little more depth and context to this particular picture to help shed some light on the thought process that

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | Post Author: peter

Long-Term Baseball Development: Part 1

Long-Term Baseball Development: Part 1 Courtesy of Cressey Performance Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I assume you’ve heard that there seem to be a lot of pitchers getting hurt lately. Well, in light of the media spotlight recently shining on the injury epidemic we’ve been watching evolve over the last few years, I

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