Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Brady G.

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Brady G.

 

Brady G. has been a long time BR client and has always had a positive attitude that has led him to work very diligently on the Baseball Rebellion concepts. Brady swings with a controlled aggression that has brought him great results thus far in his young baseball career. Brady has recently aged out of the 200 foot fence group and is now competing on fields that are close to high school size. This is where I believe Brady will begin to separate himself from his peers even more than he already has due to his swing efficiency and use of his entire body. Watch the video above to see my breakdown of Brady.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion Switching to Hudl Technique

I want to begin this post by sincerely thanking all of you who read our content, watch our videos, consult us for online lessons, and use our products. The feedback and support you have given us has been priceless and you and the reason that we constantly look for ways to improve the material we offer you. The latest improvement at Baseball Rebellion has come in the form of our online lessons. We have moved our online platform from the aging PowerChalk to HUDL Technique.

Hudl Technique allows for the easiest possible process of taking, uploading, and sharing video with a Baseball Rebellion hitting or pitching instructor through your Android or Apple device mobile or tablet device. Below, I will show you how easy this process truly is.

1. Download Hudl Technique App to Mobile Device

Hudl Technique

2. Sign Up as a Player (If You Do Not Already Have a Hudl Technique Account)

Hudl Technique

Simply enter your name, email, password, and select either Baseball or Softball.

2. Log In

Hudl Technique

Enter the email and password you used in Step 2.

3. Press Team Button on Side of Screen and Add Instructor

Hudl Technique

Press team button on side of screen ,then press “+” symbol on top right of screen. Select “Find on Hudl Technique” and enter your instructor’s email address. Below are the emails for Baseball Rebellion online instructors. Ideally, your instructor will be the only Hudl user on your team.

Gabe Dimock (Hitting): gabe@baseballrebellion.com

JK Whited (Hitting): jk@baseballrebellion.com

KC Judge (Hitting): kc@baseballrebellion.com

Tyler Zupcic (Hitting): tyler@baseballrebellion.com

Dave Shinske (Baseball Pitching): dave@baseballrebellion.com

Kara Willis (Softball Pitching): kara@softballrebellion.com

4. Record or Import Video in Hudl Technique

Hudl Technique

Press record button on side of screen and take desired video or import videos from your device. When finished press “Done”.

5. Tag Video and Share With Baseball Rebellion Instructor

Hudl Technique

Hudl Technique

On this screen, you will select “hitting” or “pitching” as the technique, tag yourself (labeled “Me”) in the video and share with your team. You may also leave comments for your instructor at the top of this screen.

6. Leave App Open Until Video Shares Completely

Hudl Technique

If the app is closed before upload finishes, your instructor will not receive the video.

As you can see from these easy steps, The Hudl Technique app is extremely user-friendly.

Instructor Feedback

Our instructor feedback is the best in the industry with a great turn around time of only three business days. The feedback given is in depth but easy to understand. Next steps and recommended drills are always provided at the end of each lesson. In order to give you an idea for what an online lesson looks like with each Baseball Rebellion instructor, below are video examples.

Gabe Dimock

JK Whited

KC Judge

Tyler Zupcic

Dave Shinskie

Online Lesson Packages

Our online lesson packages come in four possible packages:

Gold: Unlimited video per month ($159/month)

Silver: 6 videos per month ($119/month)

Bronze: 3 videos per month ($79/month

1 Time Hitting Analysis: 1 video ($40)

Click here to view the full online lesson page!

Thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you build your swing through Hudl Technique!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo is younger than most of us think due to the fact that his name has been around for years because of his light tower power. Since debuting in The Major Leagues, Gallo has struggled to hit for a respectable average due to his very high strikeout rate. In the past Gallo has unsuccessfully attempted to cut down on the strikeouts in order to boost his consistency. Instead, he continued to strike out without showing the elite level of power The Rangers expected from him. This season, Gallo took a different approach. He decided to embrace the strikeouts as part of who he is as a hitter and to make sure that he showed is power. While Gallo’s batting average is still very low (.206), his OPS (.865) and overall offensive production is much higher than in previous seasons. Watch the video above to see how Gallo produces such great power as well as to see one adjustment he could make to improve his accuracy.

Thank you for watching.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Purpose-Driven. Innovative. Visionary. Servant Leaders. Passionate. These are just a few of the innumerable positive descriptors of Titus Human Performance. I had the honor of spending three days with them last week as they allowed me to work alongside their amazing staff in Tallahassee.

Titus has been somewhat of a test case for us as we push the best hitting information to more people in more areas of the country. Ben Faurot has done a great job of learning our methodology and conveying it to aspiring hitters. The Hit Trax data and Before and After video below speak for themselves!

Robert G. Before Video 

Hit Trax Data Before

Robert G. Video After 

Hit Trax Data After

 

In our normal evaluation process, we generally spend 4o minutes getting Hit Trax Data and video followed by a discussion where we analyze the data and video as well as set goals with the hitter. Our next lesson is another 40 minutes that is very movement based where few to no baseballs/softballs are hit. Once the client masters the basic levels of movement in the mirror, we let the players hit and their data almost always improves dramatically! While at Titus, I faced the unique challenge of seeing most of the clients for only one hour without the promise of a follow up given that some people traveled more than 2 hours to get evaluated. I knew that I had to find a way to include the following three categories into the hour session:

1.) Evaluation: Set Baseline of data and video

2.) Movement Training: Hitting improvement begins with movement improvement

3.) Hitting: Seeing improvement validates the impact of movement training

Below are photos of all the Hit Trax sessions where players hit new highs in either exit velocity or distance. Some have the players included while others do not depending on the quality of the photo. I put in parentheses whether this was a player who was new to the BR Methodology or if they had prior teaching through Titus.

Heath S. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 69 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 72 MPH

Pre Distance: 111 Feet  Post Distance: 200 Feet

Melvin R. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 88 MPH   Post Exit Velocity: 95 MPH

Pre Distance: 324 Feet  Post Distance: 385 Feet

Tiffany R. (BR and Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 71 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 75 MPH

Pre Distance: 219  Post Distance: 261

Robert G. (Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 72 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 72 MPH

Pre Distance: 226 Feet  Post Distance: 241 Feet

Drew F. Right Handed (BR and Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 68 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 71 MPH

Pre Distance: 214 Feet  Post Distance: 220 Feet

Drew Faurot Left Handed (BR and Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 70 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 70 MPH

Pre Distance: 225 Feet  Post Distance: 243 Feet

Ethan G. (New to BR Methodology) 

Pre Exit Velocity: 78 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 80 MPH

Pre Distance: 236 Feet  Post Distance: 247 Feet

Waylon C. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 63 MPH  Post Exit Veocity: 65 MPH

Pre Distance: 127 Feet  Post Distance: 159 Feet

Everett S. (Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 50 MPH  Post Post Exit Velocity: 51 MPH

Pre Distance: 119 Feet  Post Distance: 127 Feet

Carson N. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 87 MPH Post Exit Velocity: 88 MPH

Pre Distance: 235  Post Distance: 305

Braden Holcomb (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Distance: 222  Post Distance: 253

Sam H. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 67 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 68 MPH

Pre Distance: 155 Feet  Post Distance: 208 Feet  

In the words of Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, “Take that for data!”

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

2017 Home Run Derby Swing Breakdowns

The 2017 Home Run Derby was one for the ages as some of the game’s best young hitters participated and few disappointed. Unfortunately the BR staff did not get together to draft and watch it this year due to travel conflicts but I’m almost certain I would have won. Below are breakdowns of each hitter from the Derby. Enjoy!

Giancarlo Stanton

Justin Bour

Aaron Judge

Miguel Sano

Gary Sanchez

Charlie Blackmon

Mike Moustakas

Cody Bellinger


Thanks for watching!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Chris Seise

 

Congratulations to all of the talented players who were drafted and signed over the past few days. In honor of the MLB draft, I decided to take a look at High School Shortstop Chris Seise. Seise has a great frame at 6’2, 175 pounds but will likely put on weight quickly as he matures over the next few years. He has a mechanically sound swing and hits with a level of aggression that raises his ceiling above many of the other players selected at or near the top of the 2017 draft.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion prides itself on providing top notch training and customer service to local clients as well as our hundreds of online clients all over the world. One of the messages I like to make clear to all of my online clients is that the more video they submit, the more I can give feedback and help! Often times, I ask for a video of BP or front toss and the parent cannot throw BP/front toss and hold the video camera/phone at the same time. This article is designed to show you exactly how we take our in house videos. The setup takes less than a minute and allows for great video quality at any angle you would like.

The Materials

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod, Price: $79.88

Tripod

We do not have any sort of contract with Manfrotto but we absolutely love their products. We use their tripods daily to take all of our in-house videos. It is extremely easy to adjust the height and angle of the Tripod and the cost is relatively inexpensive. Feel free to purchase a different Tripod if you like but we have had a great experience with this Monfrotto tripod.

Manfrotto Phone Holder (To Attach to Tripod), Price: $10.88 

Phone Holder

This Manfrotto phone clamp attaches to the Tripod above and is adjustable to hold any phone.

Wish Fish Eye Lens, Price: $1

Fish Eye Lens

One of the things we quickly noticed when we transitioned to using iPhones for video was that the cage setup did not allow us to capture the hitter’s entire body unless we moved into another cage which affected video quality and limited the useable space in the facility. In order to capture the entire hitter,  we purchased fish eye lenses for only $1 a piece! These have been great and allowed us to take great video with limited space.

Video Setup Example

When I said the video setup process takes less than a minute, I was being very conservative. In the video below I will show you the equipment in action as well as how the fisheye lens functions to widen the screen.

Once our clients record their video, they can either upload it to us through Hudl Technique. We then get our feedback to them within 2-3 business days! I hope you enjoyed this article and realize how easy video submission can be! Click here to sign up for our online lessons.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Austin Beck


Austin Beck has been a late riser in the 2017 MLB Draft season after a great Senior year at North Davidson High School. The latest mock draft I saw had Beck going to the Philadelphia Phillies with the 8th overall pick. Beck has shown a decent amount of power, hitting 12 home runs this season. I like a lot of aspects in his swing, particularly on high pitches. The biggest improvement Beck can make is on utilizing his body to tilt more to hit the low pitch with more power and consistency.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

“The Softball Swing is totally different than a Baseball Swing.” This is a statement that I had heard before but it had never been directed specifically towards me. Truthfully, I brought this discussion upon myself because I asked a Softball player (we’ll call her Sarah for confidentiality) if she wanted any help with her swing, unsolicited. I normally refrain from doing this since players, understandably, dislike criticism they are not looking for. The reason I did ask was because Sarah’s brother had been attending lessons for months and had seen dramatic improvement from being engaged in the Baseball Rebellion program. While I was teaching a lesson to Sarah’s brother, she was hitting in the adjacent cage. The differences in the swings from the two cages could not have been more different. To Sarah’s credit, she was following her instructor’s teaching perfectly, swinging as directly to the ball as possible (creating a downward swing path.) Sarah was also following traditional teaching with other parts of her swing by squishing the bug with her back foot and finishing forward with her head over her front foot. The results of Sarah’s swings were either weak grounders or pop ups with a ton of backspin. In contrast, Sarah’s brother was in the next cage swinging violently and using his entire body to maximize his force behind the ball. This was the first time I had encountered siblings whose hitting focus and goals were so different. In an attempt to build a case for the baseball and softball swing being extremely similar (if not identical), I decided to look at the evidence.

The “Rise” Ball and Swing Plane

By far the most common argument used to advocate for softball players swinging down is the rise ball. While it is true that Softball players do pitch underhand from flat ground, very few strikes actually rise. Gravity is a powerful force. I recently asked a D1 collegiate softball pitching coach about the rise ball. She replied saying:

Even our fastest pitchers use the rise ball as a show pitch.

What she meant by this is that the rise ball does rise but crosses the plate out of the strike zone. The pitcher simply hopes that the pitch entices the hitter to swing and miss underneath it. When instructing hitters on hitting a true rise ball, we usually instruct them to take it since it is highly unlikely that it will be a strike. Many pitchers claim a rise ball but they are really throwing a pitch that flattens out towards the middle to the top of the strike zone. These pitches result in a high percentage of home runs since they are easy to lift and softball fields are only about 200 feet. Below are two examples of SEC players hitting “rise balls” that were left lower than intended and therefore flattened out. Both of these hitters are clearly swinging up which allowed them to demolish the ball for a homerun!

Brittany Schutte

Whitney Larsen

As a pitcher’s velocity approaches 70 MPH (extremely fast), it is possible to throw rise balls for strikes that actually do rise. I studied Kelly Barnhill from Florida. She is an elite level pitcher. Let’s take a look at a couple of her rise balls below.

As I mention in the video above, Barnhill’s rise ball does travel upward at about a 3 degree incline and crosses at the top of the strike zone. Due to the height and trajectory of the pitch, hitters can easily lift this pitch. In fact, the goal of a pitcher like Barnhill is to get the hitter to swing and miss underneath the ball or pop it up. It is rare for ground balls to be hit on a true rise ball. So what do we tell our hitters to do on the rare occasion that they face an elite pitcher with a true rise ball like Kelly Barnhill? We stress the importance of pitch selection because most of their misses will come from swings out of the zone. We also teach our hitters to flatten out their swing when swinging at a rise ball in the zone. This way, our hitters minimize their chances of missing under the pitch while maximizing their chances to drive the ball for an extra base hit. This concept is something that we only have to address with our players who truly play at an elite level since the chances of most hitters facing a true rise thrown as a strike is extremely low.

Offspeed Pitches and Fastballs under 65 MPH

There is no argument that slower fastballs and offspeed pitches travel down as they approach the batter due to gravity. So even if you are stuck on the idea of hitting the rise ball, hitters have to account for these other types of pitches. The best and most logical strategy on all downward traveling pitches is to swing upward to match the plane of the pitch and produce force that is likely to lead to the softball being lifted over the infield and potentially over the outfield fence. Below is an example of a softball pitch traveling down and being crushed by an upward swing.

Mound Distance and Leg Kicks 

In our softball hitting evaluations, I often see hitters who have clearly been taught to keep their feet still/get their foot down very early. The primary rationale for this teaching in the softball community is that the softball pitching rubber (43 feet) is closer than the baseball mound (60 feet). While this is true, due to the softball pitch speed being slower than the baseball pitch speed, the reaction time for baseball and softball hitters are very similar. Just like in baseball, softball hitters find great success when they start early (before the pitch is released) and time the pitch with their turn rather than their front foot.

Alex Hugo

As you can see, Alex Hugo begins her large leg lift well before the pitcher releases the ball. This allows her time to get her body and energy moving without feeling rushed. The ball still hasn’t landed. While no softball or baseball hitter has to use a leg kick, it is certainly a viable option.

On-Field Success

All the logic and theory in the world can sound great but it will be useless without practical application with real-world examples. We have had the privilege of working with hundreds of Softball players who have fully bought into using the Baseball Rebellion methodology in their swings. This has resulted in millions of dollars in scholarships for our hitters due to their great on-field results. Below are just a few videos of our softball players utilizing a “baseball” style swing in games. The results are clear. If you are a softball player looking to take your swing to the next level, check out our online hitting lessons page here.

Peyton Y.

Peyton Y.

Hannah M.

Hannah M.

Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Takia N.

Thank you for reading.

Gabe Dimock -Baseball/Softball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Eric Thames

Eric Thames is the early favorite for comeback story of the year in 2017. After struggling in his initial stint in the MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-2012), Eric Thames found success playing in Korea. He hit 37, 47, and 40 home runs in his three years there, earning him a second MLB opportunity with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has started the 2017 MLB season off with a bang, already having hit 8 home runs and 6 doubles. Watch the swing breakdown above to see how Thames changed his swing from 2012 to 2017. If you would like help with your swing, click here to check out our online lesson page! Thank you for reading and watching.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor