BR Case Study: Tiffany Railey
From Juco to the SEC in Two Training Days and a Tweet
On December 28th, I met Tiffani Railey. I had never met her before, but I had worked with her older brother, Matt, on attempting to comeback to baseball after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Her father, Mike, was here too as was her younger brother Jonathan, a great prospect in his own right, and her friend Deborah Fernanda from Chiploa Junior College and the Brazilian National Softball Team. Needless to say, we had a great group of kids in the building, all with athletic talent and untapped potential. Tiffani was an all-state softball player in High School in Tallahassee Florida, and worked out with some of the best trainers on the east coast at Titus Human Performance, headed up by Adam Faurot, a former FSU Baseball Player. Athletically, she is a phenom, as you can see…
So…like I said, she’s a super special female athlete. But, she came to me mainly a slapper. Here is her unedited video from her first day, December 28th and her Hittrax Data as well. She had the tools to be good, and she was good already, with an offer from a mid-major D1 School on the table already, but no interest from the ACC or SEC.
Lots of Grounders, some hard hits, but no real DAMAGE in this round at all. She had some good ‘bones’ to her swing, meaning she had a decent setup and stride, clearly she had some aggression, just the wrong direction of her hits. Here is her Hittrax Data from her round that shows her average velocity (65.6 mph), max velocity (70.4 mph), max distance (only 184 feet) and average distance (92 feet) and average launch angle at only 6 degrees…With exit velocities in the low to mid 70’s my staff and I knew Tiffani hadn’t even scratched the surface of what she could become. **Please take special notice of her SPRAY CHART. The black dots are ‘tee swings’ the blue and red dots are hits (blue) and outs (red).**
Honestly, even with the good things hidden inside her swing, her swing made me sad because I could SEE all the times she’d been HELD BACK by her SPEED. What I mean by this is she’s so fast and so explosive, as she runs a legit 2.6 to first base from the left side, that she wasn’t allowed to develop her swing and her power in a way that would make top 25 level programs want her services. So after this evaluation, we talked about the movements she lacked, mainly a complete shoulder turn and a ‘pulling’ back foot from a turning pelvis. After we worked on her footwork in the mirror for a few hours, and did some Rebel’s Rack Progressions and dowel rod work, she was finished for the day.
The next day, we repeated and added to her progression, and here’s what happened: **Note, I do not have the same view of her swing for some reason…I either never took it or deleted it…but you can clearly see the differences in how she’s turning and how her movements have changed/improved to generate significantly more power and lift…**
So…quite a bit better movement quality wise, and therefore, statistically on the Hittrax. Her back foot is moving, her turn is more complete. Tiffani now not only has more confidence her swing and physical ability, but she also has a repeatable process to continue her growth within her movements as well as specific drills she can do daily to ensure her continued improvement. Here’s more data supporting her positive change:
The chart above shows her average exit velocity up to 71 mph, from 65.6mph, max exit velocity, 82mph, up from 75mph as well as her max distance of 286 up from 184 feet. Again, you can see her SPRAY CHART, blue dots are hits…mostly home runs, and the red dots are outs…WOW!
Here is a front view gif of her best swing I caught on video, it shows her head moving forward less and an extremely quick pelvis turn as well as barrel action after an extremely slow forward movement. One of the things we have modified over the past few months is the ‘speed and distance’ of the forward movement. It has become clear to us at Baseball Rebellion and Softball Rebellion that moving forward, while important, is not as important as we once thought, even for our smallest hitters. Tiffani, who will be back up here at some point to continue her training, will be moving forward even less in her upcoming videos that I will update this article with upon her return.
As always, I started tweeting out her videos in raw video and GIF format as well as instagram-ing some of her swings. My phone didn’t stop buzzing for almost a week. College coaches from all over the country were inquiring about her future services. Less than a month after her visit to Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion, Tiffani accepted a scholarship to play at her “dream school” the University of Georgia.
Huge congrats to Tiffani on her hard work and willingness to find out what she could become instead of holding onto what she was. She’ll start at the Central Florida CC, the number 1 ranked Juco in the country and prepare for her time in the SEC. Amazing changes in only a few hours of work.
Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion
Here’s Tiffani’s thoughts on her experience at BR/SR with me and with my staff. Her father felt compelled to make a video talking about how we treated his sons and specifically Tiffani as well. Its awesome to make people feel this good and this happy and help them get an immediate return on their investment and trust in our program. The feeling is more than mutual!