Potential RBI Percentage (PRBI%)

Your batting average with runners in scoring position does not tell the whole story of a hitter’s productivity with runners in scoring position… Many runners are scored when hitters make outs. How about we keep a percentage stat of the …

The New Age of Receiving

Your #1 job as a catcher is to make sure that every strike is called a strike… (Umpires have the same goal.) In the big leagues, there are somewhere between 18-36 “stri-balls” every night. These are pitches on the edges …

6 Blocking Drills for Catchers

Blocking the ball in the dirt is an all-the-time thing (e.g., games, bullpens, and between innings). The catcher needs to do it right every time, all the time. The task requires a great deal of self-discipline, as well as mental …

One Pitch Call at a Time

Have you ever seen a catcher that seems to have a command of the pitching staff? The guys “love throwing to him” and have a high level of “trust” with this individual. It can be difficult to pinpoint what it …

How Catchers Should Prepare for Games

Have you ever wondered how to help your catchers stop wasting time during pre-game while waiting for the pitcher to be ready to throw? This is a crucial time to prepare and develop, leading to the creation of what I …

Holding Runners: Right Handed Pitchers

Holding runners is a lot more than stopping the stolen base. It’s also about keeping base runners off your middle infielders on double plays. It’s about keeping runners from going 1st to 3rd on base hits. It’s about stopping the …

11 Keys to a Competive Program

As baseball season is finally approaching, I wanted to share some notes and thoughts I came across when a fellow coach asked what our program looked like while I was the head coach at Sacramento City College… I spent 23 …

The Value of 1st Pitch Strikes

The statistical validation for 1st pitch strikes is irrefutable.  92.7% of first pitch strikes lead to an out or strike one; so that means that less than 8% of first pitch strikes become hits.  69% of strikeouts start with first …

Catchers: You Win with the Stri-Ball

Your goal as a catcher is to make sure that every pitch that is a strike is called a strike; plus you want a minimum of those 50/50 pitches (stri-balls) to be called strikes. There are somewhere between 18-36 stri-balls …