Hey everyone! I just want to share a quick background on Baseball Rebellion HQ client Nick E. Nick has been coming to us for a couple years. He is a kid that I enjoy working with every time he is in the building. He always has a smile on his face and is a joy to have around regardless of baseball. He deserves all the praise he’s getting in this breakdown because he’s one of the hardest working kids in our building. Nick is a perfect example of the Baseball Rebellion methods (along with a lot of hard work) helping someone become the best player he/she can be. Maybe that doesn’t mean hitting a home run every time but that may mean turning a ground out into a long single, a single into a double in the gap, and quiet ride home after the game into getting the game ball after going 3-4! Enjoy the breakdown!!!
Jayce Blaylock, a Little League Baseball player for the Georgia State Champion Little League Team hit a MASSIVE home run in their LLWS game on ESPN a few days ago. There were some really great things in his swing, and with his very small but efficient movements, Jayce was able to generate about as much power as a 12u player possibly can. Interestingly, he did not have a huge leg kick or a large forward move at all, something that many people (somewhat falsely) think we’re all about here at Baseball Rebellion. I loved his movements and how he opened his hips and front leg to give him room to turn and how well he stayed shoulder to the pitcher all the way to foot strike. I think Jayce has a great future ahead of him if he can stay in his athletic movements and continue to swing with the ferocious yet controlled violence he currently employs.
Check out his monster shot below and the 4 or 5 things I really liked in his swing.
Lauren Chamberlain is a current member of the USSSA Pride. Lauren was a super star at Oklahoma University where she compiled 95 home runs during her time there. In this video you will see exactly how and why she was one of the best D1 hitters of all time. The most impressive part of her swing was her ability to load and fire her hip and shoulders. The massive amount of hip/shoulder separation, followed by a very nice backward and down back shoulder and barrel move is how she was able to not only the balls harder than most girls, but also get more balls in the air. Enjoy!
JK Whited – Baseball and Softball Rebellion Hitting Instructor
For this weeks breakdown I choose first overall pick of the 2017 MLB draft, Royce Lewis. A while a go I broke down the Angels first pick Jordon Adell and he really impressed me with his swing at such a young age. Luckily I found this video of Royce at the same HR Derby where we have the nice side and back view right next to each other so I thought I would take advantage of that.
I really enjoy doing prospect breakdowns for you guys so that you can see how good these 17, 18, and 19 year old kids really are. I think it’s fun to try and predict how far someone might go just from there swing. Obviously there are many other factors that contribute to a players rise to the big leagues but the swing does tell a big part of the story. In professional baseball everybody is talented, athletic, strong, etc. The intricate details like posture, head positioning, barrel turn all become huge factors when facing great pitching day in and day out. Let’s see if Royce’s swing stands out among the crowd. Thanks for watching!
Tim Tebow has been somewhat of a controversial player the last two years. Weather you love him or hate him, you can’t deny his ability to persevere through adversity. Now let’s take a look and see how his swing holds up to Major League standards. If you’re interested in following Tebow’s stats this year, click here.
In this week’s breakdown, I’m going to be looking at high school senior Spencer Smith. Spencer is a long-time client of Baseball Rebellion and is number 151 on Baseball Americas top 200 prospects for 2017. In his senior season, Spencer hit .414 with 7 home runs, 25 RBIs, and 10 doubles. He ends his 4-year career at Northern Durham high school with a .459 batting average to go along with 23 home runs and 100 RBIs. The clip I’m going to look at is from this year’s Power Showcase in Miami, Florida at the home field of the Miami Marlins. The Power Showcase is a homerun derby type event featuring the nations top high school power hitters from each state. The swing in particular that is going to be dissected is one that produced an estimated 487 foot blast. Good luck to Spencer whether he fulfills his commitment to ECU or decides to sign a professional contract after this years draft. Either way, a very exciting player to watch with serious power!
Miguel Sano is off to a great start in the 2017 MLB season. I specifically picked him due to the fact that he has the highest average exit velocity in the big leagues as of right now. Here is the full list in case you are interested. Having a 100 mph average velocity is something to take notice of and I wanted to see how he was doing it.
Sano’s loading movements are really nice and simple. Meaning that he does get some extra momentum with a medium high leg kick but noting too crazy. After all this guy is 260 lbs, give or take. He creates wonderful hip and shoulder separation give him the power behind his high exit velocities. Not only that but Sano, does an unbelievable job at keeping his head back in a great spot so that his can work his back shoulder down and bring the barrel in from behind the ball. Sano is a great example of how a big guy still have to have the right mechanics to be successful. Unlike a lot of professional players in A, AA, and even AAA, Sano is not good just because of his size.
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
Hey Guys! In this weeks breakdown I’m going to take a look at Marcell Ozunas swing. Ozuna is an outfielder for the Miami Marlins. He was an all star last year. He hit .266 with 23 homeruns and is off to another hot start this year. I wanted to do Ozuna because I feel his movement efficiency is very high. In this video, you won’t see a gigantic barrel tip or leg kick. Ozuna is more of a reserved movement guy who does a great job of loading his swing up until he’s unloading. Very important concept to understand. I hope you guys enjoy this breakdown!
The opening day of the Major League Baseball season is always exciting given that it is the first taste of meaningful baseball in months. It is also a day where premium pitchers are on the mound ready to deliver for their teams. History was made on Sunday by pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, but not how anyone expected. Bumgarner became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day. He blistered both balls at 112 mph but the 2nd home run was particularly impressive due to such a high velocity at a very high launch angle (33 degrees). This resulted in the ball traveling a mammoth, 422 feet. At Baseball Rebellion, our hitting and pitching programs interact quite a lot, allowing us to learn from one another. We have found that there are many similarities between hitting and pitching, especially in the lower body. It is our belief that Bumgarner actually has a mechanical advantage as a hitter because his pitching background makes it normal for him to open into his landing while keeping the upper body resisted. Watch the video above to see the swing that makes Madison Bumgarner worthy of this week’s Baseball Rebellion swing breakdown.
Gabe Dimock- Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor