Home Baseball Content How Each Pitcher Creates (or Loses) Velocity Differently

How Each Pitcher Creates (or Loses) Velocity Differently

Written on November 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm, by Eric Cressey

If you’ve read my baseball content on this website for any length of time, you’ve surely noticed that I’m a firm believer that no two pitchers are built exactly the same.  Rather, they all develop velocity via different combinations of athletic qualities – or miss out on velocity gains because they don’t possess some of these qualities.

To that end, a while back, I gave a presentation down in Texas to a group of a few hundred pitching coaches on this very topic, and it’s now being released.  Check it out:

Pitching Whip: What it is and How to Get it

Both electronic versions and DVDs are available, but only for a short time – and at the current 75% off discount. So, don’t delay; check it out here now.

Also, on a related note, for those who don’t know that I publish a free baseball-specific newsletter, you can subscribe to it in the opt-in box below (you’ll receive a free copy of the Cressey Performance Post-Throwing Stretches, too):

Name
Email
  • Seth

    Should the eccentric phase of an exercise be as fast and explosive as a concentric? Should you complete your reps of an exercise as fast as you can or lower with control and explode only concentrically? I’m a high school pitcher looking to increase velo and I’m under the impression that I need to complete my reps as fast as humanly possible to increase explosiveness, making both the eccentric phase and concentric phase fast and explosive, not just slow and controlled down and fast up. So is it slow and controlled down and fast up? or fast up and fast down?

  • Seth,

    No, the eccentric shouldn’t always be fast. In fact, doing so will in many cases increase the risk of injury. In most cases, you’re best off with controlled down, explode up.


LEARN HOW TO DEADLIFT
  • Avoid the most common deadlifting mistakes
  • 9 - minute instructional video
  • 3 part follow up series