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Virtual Pitching Academy Podcast

Virtual Pitching Academy Podcast

By Virtual Pitching Academy
Join Coach James, former D1 all-conference pitcher, as he talks everything pitching. From mechanics to mentality to things he wishes he knew while he was still playing, you'll find it all here. Brought to you by, a totally online training website for pitchers of all ages and skill levels.
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Arm Care Principles w/ Kyle Roberts
Coach James and Coach Kyle talk through how to improve your accuracy through catch-play and then discuss some arm care principles and their favorite, as well as not so favorite, methods for recovery. Listen up!
January 18, 2022
Mental Tools, How to Throw Harder, & "Overuse" w/ Kyle Roberts
In this jam packed episode, Coach James and Kyle Roberts discuss mental tools such as "mental resets" and "visualization", as well as some tips for throwing harder and the misconception of "overuse".
January 11, 2022
Facing the "Yips" w/ Kyle Roberts
Coach James got with Kyle Roberts, former 5th round pick of the Texas Rangers, to discuss some challenges he faced as a player and his bout with the infamous "yips". If you've ever dealt with the yips, you'll want to tune in!
December 20, 2021
CrossFit & Strength Training Principles w/ Josh Gibson
Is CrossFit good for baseball players? In this episode Coach James and Coach Josh Gibson discuss the benefits and drawbacks to CrossFit, as well as the general principles that should govern any strength program.
December 13, 2021
Work Ethic, Coach-ability, & Home Workouts w/ Josh Gibson
In this episode Coach James and Coach Josh Gibson talk about the importance of being coachable in your training and what you can do at home to get stronger, along with the limitations of not using equipment or going to a gym.
December 13, 2021
Injury Prevention and How to Warm Up w/ Josh Gibson
In part 2 of an interview with Josh Gibson, owner of Athletic Preparation, Coach James and coach Josh talk injury prevention and how to warm up properly before working out and practice/competition. Stay tuned for parts 3 & 4!
November 29, 2021
Why train for strength and speed? W/ Josh Gibson
Coach James interviews Josh Gibson, owner of Athletic Performance in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In part 1 of the interview, the two discuss why strength and speed training is important for baseball players and pitchers specifically.
November 23, 2021
More Effort, More Velo???
In this episode Coach James discusses whether more effort always means you'll throw harder. He breaks down how and when to apply effort or intensity in your throwing mechanics. He also discusses how he misunderstood new training methods and how he wishes he used them sooner.
November 15, 2021
Lessons from the Postseason (2021)
There's a ton to learn from the 2021 postseason! In this episode Coach James breaks down a few takeaways, starting with Mad Max and ending with Tyler Matzek.
November 08, 2021
Soreness Shouldn't Be Normal
Continuing his series "Things I Wish I Knew", coach James talks about arm soreness and how he used to cope with it vs. how he thinks about it now. He also offers some advice on how to watch playoff baseball.
November 01, 2021
Things I Wish I Knew: How to Condition After Throwing
There's a debate amongst coaches about HOW pitchers should condition after pitching. Should they do long distance running? Short distance sprints? Other things? In this episode Coach James shares how his opinion has shifted over the years and what he wishes he knew much earlier.
October 25, 2021
Things I Wish I Knew: Mechanical Concepts
Coach James starts a series on things he wishes he knew when he was still playing. First up, he discusses mechanical concepts that he was ignorant of, and how he could have trained better.
October 18, 2021
Intro: About Coach James & VPA
In this episode Coach James Barragan shares his vision behind Virtual Pitching Academy, part of his personal journey, and who this podcast is for.
October 04, 2021