Complete Pitcher Program

Gain sustainable velocity and learn to pitch more effectively  

Eventually, anyone pursuing a pitching career is going to be judged by the radar gun – you might as well get used to it now.

It doesn’t matter if it makes you uncomfortable, if you try to avoid it, or if you make excuses. The truth is the truth – the radar gun is just the way we measure pitchers, and no amount of complaining or fear is going to change that. It’s just fact.

I’m Rick Strickland, and I’ve been a figure in American baseball for more than 20 years. I’m the founder and owner of the St. Louis Pirates baseball club, The Sandlot Baseball Facility, and the Sandlot Elite Baseball Training Academy. I currently scout for the New York Mets, and spent 4 years as an outfielder and infielder for the New York Yankees.

Our Pitcher Programs are not your average training sessions. These aren’t simple pitching lessons, and we won’t teach you how to emulate someone else’s style. We’ll get to the core of what players really want out of pitching instruction: more velocity and more control, more strikes and sharper breaks, and an arm that stays healthy and powerful under heavy stress. Our programs are about getting the most out of YOUR unique ability through careful measurement and progress tracking. We create real results that can be measured objectively, and build the skills that allow for maximum power, finesse, and control.

All of our Pitching Programs begin with an individualized, one on one evaluation to determine the unique strengths and needs of each and every player that signs up. We want to make sure that the training focuses on the areas you need most, and that your results exceed all expectations.

We probably all understand that velocity alone isn’t enough to win games. With that said, though, adding a few mph to your pitches can be the difference between your current game and the “next level” of play. Just 3 to 5 mph can be enough to separate you from your peers and provide the opportunity to take your baseball career to new heights.

There are plenty of programs out there that make claims about improving pitching velocity, BUT BEWARE!!!

Training for velocity alone, without also focusing on improved technique, arm health, and a thorough understanding of pitching mechanics is a recipe for injury and long-term problems. Adding velocity to bad movement or existing physical strain creates the risk for permanent injury, and frankly, a nail in the coffin of your baseball career.

Now, there’s no such thing as a pitching program (or any other athletic training program) that’s completely risk-free. The potential for injury always exists, and any program that claims otherwise is lying to you.

A knowledgeable staff, though, can minimize those risks for each individual through assessment and identification of risk factors, and by developing unique, customized exercises and training to reduce risk of injury as much as possible.

We understand that the only truly safe pitch count is zero, but with a thorough assessment and intricate medical knowledge, we’ve learned to develop individualized drills to minimize injury and promote healthy, sustainable technique.

Safety is an integral part of our approach in every program.

It’s no easy task to develop pitching ability. It’s a complex process with no “one size fits all” solution. Every pitcher is going to be different, and will have his own set of attributes and problems. This is precisely why cookie-cutter programs don’t work, and don’t produce real, lasting results. To really grow, every pitcher needs an individualized program, specifically designed to grow strengths and chip away at weaknesses.

Again – you can’t assembly line, mass-produce this stuff. It’s way too complicated, and every pitcher is way too unique.

You do, however, have to have a system for improving.

The Pitching Program starts with these 3 steps:

  1. Isolate the very specific performance criteria that make a true difference in game performance
  2. Measure those criteria so each athlete knows exactly where they are currently
  3. Track each athlete’s progress on a daily/weekly basis

Developing a system for evaluation and assessment is critical, as is transforming that assessment into an applicable set of drills and exercises specifically designed for maximum individual results. You can’t have one without the other.

We supply a complete system for pinning down where you are now, and where you want to be in the future. We won’t just bark mechanical instructions or give you bland, broad suggestions. We work with you and your unique attributes to transform you into a pitching powerhouse.

To get started, all you need to do is fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call at [phone-number location=”893 – Sandlot Elite Baseball Training” source=”primary”] to discuss evaluation and getting started on the Pitching Program as soon as possible!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the [company_long]. We’re excited to share our unique approach with, and help you become the best pitcher you can be. With our experience and expertise, combined with your passion and hard work, you’ll be lighting up the strike zone with increased power and accuracy, all while learning the skills that keep you healthy and make the deciding difference on game day.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


How has the Elite Pitching Program changed the career of its students?

I thought the EP program was outstanding in preparing me to play professional baseball, but after meeting with the instructors in the Blue Jays organization and learning their philosophy, I now know they were outstanding. I simply would not be playing professional baseball if it were not for the EP program!

Jake Brentz
Toronto Blue Jays, 11th RD

Elite Baseball Training

The Elite Pitchers Program is easily the best pitching program I have taken part in. It includes everything from a throwing program to pitching specific workouts that help to improve all aspects of pitching mechanics and velocity. The Elite pitchers Program is a great program to help prepare pitchers for a high school season because it gets your arm in shape for the spring and will improve your velocity, command, and pitch quality. I took part in the Elite Pitchers Program during the winters before my junior and senior seasons and my velocity always increased and I always stayed injury­ free throughout the winter and through my high school and summer seasons. If I hadn’t taken part in the Elite Pitchers Program, I would not be where I am today.

Dan Herrmann
New York Mets, 20th RD

Informed Athlete

EPP for me was a competition. It was a chance for me to go out on a weekly basis against the best pitchers in St. Louis. Every week was filled with feedback and a chance to know exactly where I stood in comparison to MLB draft picks and an abundance of D1 baseball players. I believe that if you aren’t at EPP you are not doing everything in your power to be the best pitcher you can be. Long story short if you are serious about pitching, the EPP program is the only way to reach your potential.

Brian Howard
TCU