Pitching Healthy Program

Professional Baseball Instruction‘s PITCHING HEALTHY PROGRAM for high school pitchers (grades 9 through 12) and youth pitchers ages 11-14 is back for the winter off-season training schedule.

Want to get your throwing arm healthy? And keep it that way? Want to develop both strength and increased velocity? At the same time?

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WHY THE PITCHING HEALTHY PROGRAM?
What makes a pitcher a winning pitcher? Good question! So much is said about velocity, but velocity alone won’t win any games. There must be control and command of the fastball first before a pitcher can focus on increasing velocity. Simple stuff – command the fastball, throw something other than a fastball in a fastball count, change speeds effectively. Did we say “simple?”

This is the formula used by the most successful pitchers throughout all of baseball from high school to the major leagues. Velocity is NOT what today’s pitchers should be chasing.

Here is the MLB way “HOW TO PITCH TO WIN”:

  •  Command fastball
  • Own a 2nd pitch that you can throw for strikes consistently
  • Develop a put ‘em away pitch
  • Change speeds off fastball effectively.

Industry-leading pitching coaches Steve Hayward (Boston Red Sox 1993-94), Artie Lewicki (Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks), Doug Cinnella (Orioles 1986-87, Expos 1988-89, Mets 1990-93, Yankees 1995), and Jack Winters (current NYU pitching coach) all make up the Pitching Healthy coaching staff. Current New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad oversees all aspects of arm care and health. Keith Cedro, New York Mets Major League Strength Coach (1986-97) will oversee all aspects of pitcher specific strength and conditioning.

Steve Hayward - Chris Ahmad

Steve Hayward and Dr. Christopher Ahmad

This program was developed for the advanced level pitcher. Pitching Healthy was collectively designed by the professional staff of PBI and the BHN, including legendary pitching coaches Leo Mazzone (Atlanta Braves 1990-2005) & Mel Stottlemyre (Mets 1984-93, Astros 1994-95, Yankees 1996-2005, Mariners 2008). Through our knowledge, experience, and research, we developed this program to fully prepare pitchers for their upcoming season. From a progressive throwing regimen, to a strength, conditioning, flexibility, and mental training, Pitching Healthy is guaranteed to improve your overall health and performance on the field.

PBI has been developing winning pitchers for over 20 years.

The PHP will meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays from December through February. Each session lasts two hours.

PROGRAM DETAILS
OVERVIEW – All pitchers will work at their personal developmental pace. There is absolutely no way to structure the program across the board for everyone on a schedule. This customized approach will guarantee superior results for all our pitchers. We will be using the “PRO MIRROR” video system along with the “SMART MITT” system as part of our overall pitching healthy program. Our goal is to allow each pitcher to find their own natural rhythm to maximize their efficiency on the mound.

NEW TO PHP – All players and their families will be able to track the progress of their workouts via the Smart Mitt system. All players will have their own profile on-line that will enable them to see their development during the course of the program and monitor the results of each workout.

EVALUATION – Each pitcher will be evaluated at the beginning of the PHP program and will continue during the course of our workouts. The evaluation will include a series of physical assessments to determine any injury risks, dysfunctions, imbalances, strengths or weaknesses that may be present, as well as create baseline for function and athletic qualities.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE – Each session will begin with a warm-up and movement prep. Followed by pitching specific training including mechanical, mental and conditioning drill work. We will conclude every session with a cool down.

NOTE – Training provided during the PHP will bring them to the doorstep of their opening day and guide all pitchers throughout their entire season.

HIGH SCHOOL PITCHING HEALTHY PROGRAM
DescriptionPriceLength
High School Pitching Healthy Program 1 Dec/Jan/Feb$1199.99 2 x week Dec Jan, Feb

(Click here for information on our Youth Pitching Healthy Program for 11-14 year-olds.)

Pitching Healthy Program 2019/2020

For high school pitchers - players will attend two days per week in December and January.
PROGRAM #DAYDATETIMEREGISTER
PHPWednesdayDecember 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 47:00 - 9:00 PMREGISTER ONLINE
PHPSaturdayDecember 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2911:30 AM - 1:30 PMREGISTER ONLINE

PBI’s PITCHING HEALTHY STAFF

DOUG CINNELLA
doug-metsCurrently scouting for the Cincinnati Reds. Veteran of 9 professional seasons. Participated in Major League spring training with both the N.Y. Mets (1993) and the N.Y. Yankees (1995). Doug has pitched over 1,000 career innings as a professional with an ERA of 3.17. Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 1986 Major League draft, he was the 97th player picked in the nation! Voted the NY-Penn League MVP in 1986. Doug established a NY-Penn League record in 1986 by pitching 2 no-hitters, a record which still stands today. After being traded to the Montreal Expos in 1988, Doug made the 1988 Florida State League All-Star team. He was also chosen as the Topps Player of the Month for May 1988. His manager while playing for the Expos was Felipe Alou. Doug credits much of his coaching techniques to Felipe. After becoming a free agent in 1990, Doug signed with the N.Y. Mets. He played as a player/coach in Double-A with the Mets until he was promoted to AAA Tidewater. Played in Tidewater for 2 seasons. Played college ball at Seton Hall, was selected as New Jersey’s college MVP for 1984. Holds SHU pitching record for most strikeouts in a game (17 in 7 innings). Doug played high school baseball for Paramus where he was an All-League, All-County and All-State player. Doug also serves as fellow-PBI coach Jeff Remo’s pitching coach at Mahwah High School.

STEVE HAYWARD
staff-steveSteve attended St Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale where he played football and baseball. In his junior year he was voted most valuable player of the football state championship and the Bergen County Baseball Tournament. After high school, he accepted a full baseball scholarship to Seton Hall University. In 1992 Steve pitched for the Cape Cod League Champion Chatham A’s. In 1993, Steve was selected as a 1st Team All-Big East pitcher, 1st Team All-State Pitcher and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. After pitching professionally for 5 seasons, he joined Professional Baseball Instruction and has been training youth, college and professional pitchers for over 15 years. Steve was the pitching coach at St Joe’s High School for 13 years and was the head coach at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey for 2 seasons. He is an expert on biomechanics and throwing arm injuries. Steve, along with current New York Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad has lectured and educated doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and coaches of those very topics. Steve has been rehabilitating players from various throwing arm injuries and surgeries for the past 10 years. He is also an associate for the Mid-Atlantic Regional scout for the Tampa Bay Rays.

DR. CHRISTOPHER AHMAD
ahmad1Christopher S. Ahmad, MD, specializes in shoulder instability and labral tears, rotator cuff pathology, ACL injuries, Tommy John surgery, and advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques for sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. He is the Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees and a member of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. He is also Head Team Physician for the 17 varsity teams fielded by the City College of New York as well as for several high schools in Manhattan and New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Ahmad serves as a consultant to local metropolitan gymnastics and swim teams.A recipient of several awards for outstanding research in the field of Sports Medicine, Dr. Ahmad conducts ongoing research in the areas of biomechanics of the elbow, ACL injury prevention and screening, and surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair.

ARTIE LEWICKI
Lewicki MilBArtie Lewicki joined the PBI coaching staff following his first season of professional baseball where he pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps in the Detroit Tigers organization. A native of Wyckoff NJ, Artie had a stellar high school career at St. Joseph’s in Montvale where he was a four-year varsity player. In his senior year, Artie posted a 6-3 record with a 2.00 ERA. He was named first team all-league honors in 2007 and selected second team all-county in 2009. Artie attended the University of Virginia and pitched all four seasons. Collegiate highlights include an outstanding performance in the 2014 College World Series in which he earned wins in each of UVa’s first two CWS victories, working two innings in wins over Ole Miss (6/17) and TCU (6/19). He did not allow an earned run in 23 1/3 innings of the NCAA tournament, including 13 innings of the College World Series. Artie was drafted in the 8th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. He made his MLB debut with Detroit on September 4, 2017. He is currently with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.