How would Mach 1 have benefited you as a high school athlete?
I️ think Mach 1 would have been big for me in terms of potential injury prevention. I️ don’t think I️ took the best care of my arm growing up, and when I️ started to really gain velocity I️ wasn’t ready to handle the stress. I️ would have loved the ability to get in the weight room whenever I️ wanted as well as a good weighted ball program.
How much do you workout?
I’m on a four day a week lifting and shoulder care plan. Plus as much pick up basketball as I can find.
What do you like to eat post workout?
Post workout I️ usually snack on Fairlife chocolate milk and Siggi’s yogurt. Depending on the timeframe post workout I️ will also try to get a big meal (chipotle).
Do you track meals or have a specific plan when you eat?
I️ try to keep a good log in my head of thing I️ eat in my head but I️ don’t write anything down for the most part. I try to eat 500 plus calories every few hours, which requires a plan when you are not at home all day. I’m down about 15 pounds since my surgery so I’m just trying to maintain what I️ think is a good weight as throwing gets closer and closer.
What does the day after you pitch consist of?
The day after throwing always has a heavy total or lower body lift. I’ll do some sort of longer sprint work and hit the Marc Pro for an hour or so. I️ usually get my hips realigned as well as some sort of soft tissue work on my shoulder/back. Probably a three hour process at minimum after each start.
How do you throw hard?
Besides being the most asked question from the 14-15 age group, you throw hard because you practice throwing hard. It may sound dumb, but no one wanted to play catch with my buddy and I️ because we would finish each day throwing flat grounds to each other at 95-100 percent effort. Even before you start tweaking your mechanics, trying to throw the ball hard is a must.
Did you play any other sports?
I️ played and still play basketball as much as I️ can. If you have the time and the ability to play more than one sport at a high level, do it. All of the best baseball players I️ know are good at multiple sports. I️ don’t know all the science (is there science behind it?) behind it, but learning how to move your body and do it well is a big part of becoming a good pitcher.
Big thanks to Matt for letting me hop on the blog for this week and for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Mach 1 Program. It’s been an eye opening experience learning how to coach and help out during this offseason and I️ am grateful for that.