July 31, 2017 by John LaCorte |
Matt Schmitz started training with LPT back in June of 2015 just after his sophomore year of high school. As Matt would admit and as we often reflect on during his training sessions, he had a long way to go. Let's just say Matt's delivery was less than athletic and it left him with low velocity and arm pain. But what I would quickly learn about Matt is that he was determined, goal oriented, and was going to work as hard as he could to reach his goals.
Matt's transformation over the last three years has been phenomal. In fact, check out the link below to a video of Matt's transformation after a few short months at LPT
And here it is from today, July 31st.
There is still work to do and things to get better at, as there is for every pitcher. But because of Matt's hard work & determination, he has given himself an opportunity to play college baseball! In a few short weeks he will leave for Collegeville, Pennslyvania where he will be a member of the baseball team at Ursinus College.
Oh, and while Matt was working hard on developing as a pitcher he also carried a perfect 4.0 GPA at Columbus Academy (one of the best high schools in Ohio), had 50+ volunteer hours, and helped lead and grow both Young Life and Christian Fellowship at his school.
I believe LPT is the best place to train if you're a pitcher in Ohio, but a part of that reason is because you get to work along side guys like Matt Schmitz!
To learn a little bit more about Matt check out some questions he answered for us below...
Q: Over the last 3 years you've made great strides in your development. The process wasn't quick and I am sure you still aren't satisfied with where you are at, but if you could, tell us a little bit about your approach, mindset, & goals to getting better over the last few years?
M: I would say my approach was and is mostly about being persistent and a willing to accept tips and teaching. I think pitchers need that more than almost any other athletes, because we can't go out and throw whenever we want to work on things, so we have to make the chances we get count. Especially with velocity, you won't always improve at the rate you want to, but if you stick with it and really invest in improving yourself, you'll give yourself a pretty good chance of getting where you want to be.
Q: How did LPT help with your development and reach your goals?
M: LPT's given me the resources to develop and strengthen not only my mechanics and velocity, but my knowledge and love for the game as well. Between Coach LaCorte and the many players you have a chance to train alongside, LPT provides an abundance of experience to tap in to and take advantage of. Coach LaCorte and LPT also do a great job of staying up with the latest technologies, training, and drills to help provide the best training experience.
Q: You are very diligent about your routine. Take us through what a daily training routine looks like for you.
M: As I mentioned before, pitching is tricky because of the countless ways we can exhaust or injure our arms. In any given week I make a strong effort to train with LPT at least once and get in the weight room anywhere from 3-5 times. As far as daily routines, a healthy diet is definitely a huge part of that, as is a healthy dose of stretching. Those are both things that I'm currently making efforts to get more consistent on and improve on as I make the transition to college. As far as pitching specific exercises, going through dry mechanics is my go to when I'm not throwing and want to work on something.
Q: Not only have you had success on the field, but you have done a lot of really great things in the classroom and in the community. Tell us about what you are involved in outside of baseball and some of the things you've done in the community.
M: I had the amazing privilege of attending a school that gave me countless opportunities and freedoms to improve myself as a person, a student, and a ballplayer. I've had the chance to volunteer 50+ hours for two different charities (WARM and Habitat for Humanity), which has given me some awesome perspective on honest work and just how blessed I am. I also had the pleasure of watching and being a part of the growth of both Young Life and Christian Fellowship at my school. I graduated Academy with a 4.0 GPA and awards for both English and Studio Art. All of these things have helped me grow and develop the more mental side of my baseball skills (as well as life skills), by teaching me how to lead, contribute to a team, and humble myself.
Q: What would be some advice you would give to a young athlete that wishes to play college baseball?
M: Stay humble: Know your strengths and your limitations. Coaches like players that know who they are and plan to be the best at what they do. And stay dedicated: Always be looking for ways to improve yourself. Things won't always go how you plan, but if you persevere and stay optimistic, they'll work themselves out. Most importantly, though, just Love the game! Playing baseball on a team of guys is one of the best experiences I've had.