GET PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK ON THE MECHANICS OF PITCHING FROM A WORLD SERIES CHAMPION PITCHER, AND IVY LEAGUE HEAD COACH!
If you are in 8th grade or younger, you can now have Yale Head Baseball Coach John Stuper analyze your pitching video and give you tips!
I have been working with pitchers for almost 40 years, from the pro level to 6 year olds. I have been the Head Coach and Pitching Coach at Yale University since 1993. I have seen every mechanical flaw you can possibly imagine. I have seen gimmicks come and go. Some are legitimate. Some are not. If I have learned anything during all these years it is this: KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Too many kids, coaches, and parents get bogged down with the intricacies of the pitching delivery, and then the young pitcher’s mind is distracted from what he is trying to accomplish: to execute the pitch. I keep things simple so that they are useful for pro guy, but can be understood by a 7- year old.
My program of video review will allow the pitcher to see his delivery, make changes, and learn to “repeat” that delivery to enable him to throw strikes. Repeating is exactly what you think it is: doing the same thing over and over. It is the absolute key to throwing strikes. MLB pitching coaches talk about it. Scouts talk about it. A pitcher is of little value if he cannot throw strikes. It gives your team a chance.
This is how it works: you send me a video of your child actually pitching in a practice setting. (not game). I ask that you send me film of 25 pitches: 15 from right behind him; 10 from the side with him facing the camera.
Coach Stuper is a World Series Champion pitcher for the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals. He was managed by Whitey Herzog and Pete Rose in the big leagues. Not coincidentally, he lists them as two of his biggest influences. “I watched how they ran a game. Their knowledge of the game, work ethic and preparation were second to none.”
Stuper pitched in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds from 1982-85, appearing in a total of 111 games. He posted a 32-28 overall record with a 3.96 earned run average. His most memorable performance came with the Cardinals in the sixth game of the 1982 World Series. With St. Louis trailing the Milwaukee Brewers three games to two in the best-of-seven series, the right-hander helped the Cardinals even the series with a 13-1 complete-game, four-hit victory. St. Louis went on to win the Series the following day. Sports Illustrated listed his World Series performance among the 10 best by a rookie pitcher in the history of post-season play.
The 13th head coach of Yale baseball, John Stuper is the winningest coach in the Bulldogs’ storied 150-plus year program history — and he continues to take the program to new heights. In 2018, the Bulldogs won the Ivy League title for the second season in a row, posting a 15-6 league record. That was their fourth Ivy title under Stuper. The Bulldogs’ 3.01 ERA in Ivy games was nearly a full run better than any other team, and their Ivy opponents hit just .246 against them — also a league-best. Five Bulldogs received All-Ivy honors, three were named All-New England and one (junior infielder Simon Whiteman) earned Academic All-America recognition. Stuper has seen 44 of his players sign professional contracts. Most recently, Richard Slenker (28th round, Astros) and Harrison White (31st round, Marlins) were drafted in 2017.
Not surprisingly, some of Stuper’s top pupils have been pitchers. Brandon Josselyn, the 2009 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year (6th player to earn that distinction under Stuper), was drafted in June 2009 by the Seattle Mariners. Left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow, the captain of Yale’s 2002 squad, has spent 12 seasons on a Major League roster and currently is the director of pitching for the Chicago Cubs.