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The Fix with Angel Borrelli
hosted by Joe Janish

Information, Solutions, and Troubleshooting for the baseball pitcher

We want your questions, so...

If there is any question that you want asked/answered on our program, please e-mail me personally at angel@gymscience.com.

The intent of this program is to provide immediate strategies and solutions for our pitchers so they can avoid becoming part of the injury crisis that is so prevalent in baseball. This program is for youth pitchers, professional pitchers, parents of pitchers, and coaches. I promise food for thought with a new and refreshing approach. It's full of insights, education and information, training tips, and more.
 

About my fantastic host, Joe Janish
Joe is the founder of FixingPitchers.com, a resource helping baseball pitchers understand why injuries occur and how they can be prevented. He also writes for ESPN's SweetSpot Network and is a baseball instructor at Akadema’s ProPlayer Academy in Hawthorne, NJ. Joe earned NCAA Division 1 All-American honors as a catcher for St. Peter’s College and was the pitching coach for St. Peter’s most successful season, when the team was MAAC champion and made its first and only appearance in the NCAA Regionals. Through the years, Joe has coached several players who went on to play pro ball, including a few lucky enough to make it to MLB.


 Podcasts

Episode 3, May 10th - 2018 Season

This Week

In this episode, Joe Janish and baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli speak with Bellarmine University Head Baseball Coach Larry Owens about five things that pitchers can do to improve their performance.

One by one, Larry details five pillars of pitching performance that many coaches and pitchers already are familiar with. After Larry explains the importance of each -- i.e., "the why," Angel describes ways that pitchers can approach and practice them -- i.e., "the how."

Angel "closes" the episode in the "Ninth Inning" segment, asking and answering the question "should a pitcher go as fast as he can down the hill during his stride?"

Episode 2, April 23rd - 2018 Season

This Week

In this episode, Joe Janish and baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli discuss the 4 most critical adjustments for power pitchers. Just like a race car needs constant tune-ups, baseball pitchers need to be regularly reviewing and correcting their mechanics to remain at peak performance. Angel goes through the four most common adjustments she makes when working with high-velocity pitchers.

In the "Trending Topics" segment, Joe relays to Angel a comment by MLB Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who said that the split-finger fastball or forkball is the pitch that causes the most elbow pain and elbow injuries. Is it true? Angel answers, based on science.

In the final segment -- "The 9th Inning" -- Angel "closes" the show by answering a question posed by a listener regarding youths who pitch and catch in the same game.
 

Episode 1, April 4th - 2018 Season

How Joe DeMers Pitched a Perfect Game - Tips on Preparation, Training, and Making Adjustments In this episode, Joe Janish and baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli speak with Joe DeMers, ace starter for University of Washington and author of the 27th perfect game in NCAA Division 1 history. DeMers has been Angel's client for the past eleven years, keeping him injury free through his entire career and ensuring that his strength training and mechanics stay in check. DeMers shares the training and mental preparation necessary to stay healthy and remain an elite pitcher at college baseball's highest level.

Topics include:

  • What age to start a weight training program
  • Maintaining a weight training program in season and out
  • Being open to, constantly reviewing, and making, mechanical adjustments
  • Importance of recovery
  • Mental discipline
  • Preparation
  • Handling success from a young age
  • Advice for pitchers making the adjustment from high school to college

 

Episode 14, October 10th - 2017 Season

This Week

  • What coaches and scouts look for in a pitcher?
  • Red flags you don't want to set off.
  • Velocity or Location...which is more important?

The final episode of Season 4 features Larry Owens, head baseball coach of Bellarmine University and a former pro baseball scout and minor league pitching coach.

Angel and Joe tap Larry's vast and varied experience as a player, coach, and scout to learn what amateur pitchers need to do to attract the attention of MLB scouts and college coaches. Additionally, Larry shares some of the secrets of successful pitching programs at both the college and pro levels.

Episode 13, September 22nd - 2017 Season

Pitch Trajectory and "Angles": How the Chest, Arm, and Location Are Connected and How That Relates to Long Toss
In "lucky" episode 13 of The Fix, baseball pitching motion troubleshooter Angel Borrelli discusses how pitch angles are created, while explaining the connection of the chest, arm, and location. With that, you might think differently about long toss -- and you'll learn why it shouldn't be described as "strengthening the arm."

Also, what a pitcher do if his coach wants him to throw at distances he's never thrown before? What should coaches consider before implementing a "one size fits all" long toss program?

Additionally, Angel answers listener questions about using bands to warm up, and how to teach pitching mechanics to a nine-year-old.

 

Episode 12, September 8th - 2017 Season

Summary:

  • the purpose of the knee lift
  • rear hip pre-stretching
  • when to begin the motion forward
  • the front knee during acceleration: the two styles are discussed

 

In part three of the Fall Ball Reboot, baseball pitching motion troubleshooter Angel Borrelli and Joe Janish answer listeners' burning questions that arose as a result of parts one and two. The episode begins with Angel answering a question posed by several fathers -- what to do if their sons are being forced to do long-distance running?

Next, Angel addresses a coach's question about whether the pitcher should be moving forward as his knee is being raised. Angel explains the purpose of the knee lift and how it relates to the front leg action at acceleration. Once you hear the science behind it, you'll learn how and why it's possible that Aroldis Chapman could add even MORE velocity to his fastball.

Finally, Joe throws Angel a curveball by asking a question of his own.

Episode 11, August 25th - 2017 Season

Part Two: “Fall Ball Reboot: Using Science to Update Your Fall Baseball Program”

In this segment, the emphasis is on ‘Putting the Pitcher back into the Pitch”. It’s easy to fall into repeat patterns at the beginning of the season as well as the easy and usual “cookie-cutter approach” with your pitching staff. Nothing is better than starting out with an individual one-on-one with each pitcher to tune-in and tap-in to his condition, his performances, etc.. With samples of questions for you to ask, and some special considerations to think about, this episode will help you revitalize the way you look at your pitchers.