Trevor Bauer on How to Invent a Whole New Slider
Standing on the mound, a major league baseball pitcher has 60 feet and 6 inches of air to get each pitch to sizzle before it crosses the plate. But it’s their arsenal of throws that separates a good pitcher from a great one. Two-fingered fastball, four-fingered fastball, slider, curve, cutter, knuckleball—each option spins differently to achieve a unique motion.
“There are so many different things in baseball that lend itself to science because it’s not so much of a physical game as it is a technical game,” says Trevor Bauer, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. Bauer is unusual for his knowledge of the physics of baseball. He studied engineering at UCLA during college, but cites his dad, a chemical engineer who taught him the scientific method, for his love of science.
Watch Trevor Bauer throw a ball 116.9 mph (!) during a high-intensity workout
There’s been a lot of talk about #NoOffseason around these parts. Players are smacking tires with sledgehammers and running around shirtless on Japanese game shows. But Trevor Bauer took #NoOffseason to an entirely different level on Wednesday night. His 2017 offseason is, in fact, his season — and it may be his best season yet. He just threw a ball 116.9 mph.
Hey everybody, it’s coach Mark Nussbeck! I wanted to share this MLB 30 clubs in 30 days video with you. Trevor Bauer talks with MLB Tonight’s Sean Casey about his warmup routine. It’s a well described overview of Driveline mechanics and a baseline for our philosophy here at Premium Pitching KC.