CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast with Mike King
Written on December 11, 2019 at 8:10 am, by Eric Cressey
We’re excited to welcome New York Yankees pitcher Mike King to this week’s podcast. A special thanks to this show’s sponsor, Athletic Greens. Head to http://www.athleticgreens.com/cressey and you’ll receive a free 20-pack of Athletic Greens travel packets with your first order.
- How being a multisport athlete from RI impacted Mike’s athletic development and why he is such a big advocate for playing basketball
- How Mike managed his time his time and training in high school in order to always be prepared for the next sport in season
- How learning to long toss properly and stretch out the arm taught Mike to feel intent and progress his ability to throw the ball efficiently
- Why Mike chose to attend Boston College
- What the culture was like at BC during Mike’s tenure there, and how it contributed to making them a competitive ACC team
- How Jim Foster – an impactful pitching coach for Mike – facilitated relationships between his catchers and his pitchers and taught Mike important lessons about reading swings, calling pitches, and communicating
- How Mike builds rapport and a high level of trust between his catchers in pro ball
- How Mike has adopted an analytical approach for preparing to perform, and why he dives deep into data and video prior to games to inspire confidence
- How Mike communicates with catchers in game to refine his approach from inning to inning and sequence his game to be efficient and effective
- How gaining weight upon entering pro ball allowed Mike to experience a velocity jump
- What Mike’s initial experience was like playing professionally for the Miami Marlins
- What changed about Mike’s focus and perspective on development in the minor leagues after being traded to the Yankees that allowed him to feel comfortable and find success in 2018
- How a conversation Mike had with Max Scherzer at CSP helped him figure out his slider
- How Mike has developed his student-of-the-game approach and learned to apply analytics, physics, and biomechanics to improve his game
- How Mike throws his laminar two-seam fastball and what laminar flow means for the movement of his two-seam
- How Mike has learned to manage his hypermobility and what lessons has he learned about being loose jointed
- How Mike exploits his mobility on the mound mechanically to create a unique look for hitters
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