Player Profile: Steven Jennings, RHP Pittsburgh Pirates

I get to see a lot of pitchers.  Most throw two pitches.  Even if both those pitches are plus, they are still destined for a bullpen role.  A lot of the starters I see throw three pitches but that 3rd pitch is fringe and the biggest developmental need facing the player is refining that third …

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Thursday in the Therapy Room: New York State of Mind

Greg Bird looks healthy.  Saw 4 at bats in Extended Spring Training.  He faced 20-year-old RH Albinson Volquez 3x and LH Chase Johnson-Mullins in his final AB.  Volquez got Bird to hit two weak grounders to second in his first 2 ABs before Bird was able to drive a pitch up and away from him …

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Thursday in the Therapy Room: Confessions of a Prospect Junkie

I never thought I would see the day when I got more out of watching minor league baseball than MLB.  While going to games and being outside is much preferable to sitting on my couch, I knew I had a problem when I delayed a chance to see Avengers: Infinity War to see Bryse Wilson.  …

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A brief overview of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and baseball pitchers

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) in the overhead thrower is a rare and potentially career ending pathology.  Due to the violent nature that pitching places on the surrounding soft tissue structures of the shoulder and neck, hypertrophy of the surrounding tissues can cause compressive forces on the neurovascular structures.  Symptoms include pain, weakness, fatigue, numbness in …

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Josh Donaldson has a dead arm. But what does that mean?

The rumors that Josh Donaldson has been dealing with throwing issues surfaced nationally on opening day.  Donaldson continually exhibited weakness in throwing across the diamond. His throws lacked the velocity and accuracy required to play 3rd base. As fans and media alike wondered what was going on with Donaldson, both he and manager John Gibbons …

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Shane McLanahan’s pitch sequencing against Fordham 2/23/18

Shane McLanahan of the University of South Florida has been lights out to start the season.  The redshirt Sophomore has thrown 18 IP with 32 K's and 7 BB.  5 of the free passes came on opening night against University of North Carolina.  While Fordham and Columbia, the next two opponents he dominated are not …

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