The Complete Guide to Pitching

The Complete Guide to Pitching

by Derek Johnson
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The Complete Guide to Pitching by Derek Johnson

There is more to becoming a great pitcher than sound mechanics, a blazing fastball, and a live arm. A pitcher must know how to pitch—what to throw, when to throw it, and where to locate it. He must have a me-versus-you mind-set, that unique blend of confidence and determination that fuels a passion to set the tone of the game, own the mound, and shut down the opponent.

The Complete Guide to Pitching is the most comprehensive pitching resource available. Derek Johnson, one of the game’s premier pitching coaches, takes you inside the art and science of pitching. You’ll discover these strategies:

• Upper- and lower-body pitching mechanics

• Most effective arm and shoulder strengthening workouts

• Shutting down the opponent’s running game

• Developing a potent pitching arsenal, including the splitter, curve, and changeup

• Creating a pregame pitching plan

• Situational strategies and recognizing hitters’ weaknesses

• Fielding the position

• In- and off-season conditioning programs

• Windup, stretch, and follow-through

From pregame warm-ups to cultivating the pitcher–catcher relationship, it’s all here in this one-of-a-kind book and DVD package. Featuring skill instruction, development drills, exercises, personal insights, and instruction on every aspect of pitching, The Complete Guide to Pitching is a must-have for every pitching coach, pitcher, and baseball fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736079013
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 209,914
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Derek Johnson, named college baseball’s National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2004 and National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, is widely considered one of the top pitching coaches in the country. In October 2012, he accepted a position with the Chicago Cubs as their minor league pitching coordinator. Before his appointment with the Cubs, he spent 11 years as pitching coach at Vanderbilt, three as associate head coach. While at Vanderbilt, four of his last five staffs led the Southeastern Conference in earned-run average (ERA). His staffs were also ranked nationally at number 15 (2003), 7 (2004), 17 (2005), and 13 (2007). More than 25 of Johnson’s past pitchers have been drafted.

Under Johnson’s tutelage, Vanderbilt participated in the College World Series in 2011, led by eight players who would later be selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including first-round picks Sonny Gray and Grayson Gravin. The 2011 pitching team led the Southeastern Conference in ERAs and strikeouts. In 2010, the Commodores allowed the fewest home runs in the league, led by Sonny Gray, who was named Baseball America’s Summer League Player of the Year (the Commodores’ third win in five years). For his efforts with this team, Johnson was named the ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year.

Johnson's 2007 crew led the SEC in eight statistical categories, including ERA (3.55), strikeouts (632), opponents’ batting average (.238), complete games (7), and runs allowed (266). Vanderbilt hurlers also threw a school record 606.2 innings in 67 games with 13 saves. Six pitchers from that 2007 staff were drafted and signed into the professional ranks, led by number-one overall pick David Price (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and the eighth overall pick, Casey Weathers (Colorado Rockies).

Johnson lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Part I The Science of Pitching

Chapter 1 Foundation

Chapter 2 Pre-Mechanics

Chapter 3 Upper-Body Mechanics

Chapter 4 Lower-Body Mechanics and Finish

Part II The Art of Pitching

Chapter 5 Developing an Arsenal

Chapter 6 The Role of the Catcher

Chapter 7 Pitching With a Plan

Chapter 8 Fielding the Position

Chapter 9 The Mental Game

Part III Conditioning for Pitching

Chapter 10 Arm Strength and Injury Prevention

Chapter 11 Total-Body Conditioning for Pitchers

Chapter 12 In-Season Throwing Routines

Chapter 13 Year-Round Programming

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"[W]ithout question one of the best resources ever on pitching... Every pitching coach and pitcher in the nation should get a copy of this marvelous book/DVD.”

Collegiate Baseball

“[T]he most comprehensive pitching resource available.”

Baseball The Magazine

"Derek Johnson epitomizes the role of a pitching coach, and he applies that passion to Complete Guide to Pitching."

Tim Corbin— Head Baseball Coach Vanderbilt University

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This book is an awesome find. Derek Johnson did and excellent job of capturing the important area of become a successful pitcher. As a current pitching coach on the college level I would recommend this book to all. It hits on youth, high schools and college aspect. The one thing that's really impressive to me is the fact that there are video to show guided practices of some exercises and drills. It also has a section on the mental aspect of pitching. Having a masters in sport psychology i can say this was very rewarding to see. If your a baseball coach that works with pitchers I 100% recommend this book.
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