We live in a world today where everyone is looking for the quick fix and instant gratification. Baseball and specifically pitching training can be anything but “quick” or “instant”. Kyler Seemann knows this all too well.
Kyler recently committed to NAIA power University of Northwestern Ohio. Kyler’s road to his commitment has been far from easy and a road most would of given up on. Kyler’s determination and relentless work ethic is why he is LPT’s June Spotlight Athlete.
Take a look at where Kyler started....Here is his velocity from 3 PBR events going into his senior season…
8/3/14- FB: 76-78
1/18/15- FB: 78-81
Safe to say his velocity was below average, but Kyler didn’t let that get in the way of his goals. Kyler was given the opportunity to attend Louisburg Junior College and continue his baseball career. Kyler continued to work and continued to get better. Unfortunately that winter Kyler tore his ACL, ending his freshman season with Louisburg.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016. Kyler reached out to me about training with LPT. His willingness to drive 2 hours from Deshler, Ohio to Westerville sometimes twice a week and often times after working for 7+ hours during the day should of told me about what kind of work ethic he would have. Kyler never wasted a minute (and still doesn’t) of his 2-hour training sessions. Kyler’s summer training had him more than prepared to go into Louisburg ready to have a great sophomore season and showcase his stuff to colleges. Unfortunately life happens and another torn ACL in the fall ended Kyler’s season. Another set back that many people would of let keep them down.
Kyler made the decision to come back home, take classes, and train with LPT. At the beginning of June Kyler committed to UNOH and a little over 3 years after that first PBR event he topped out today (6/27) at 90.1 MPH against live hitters (for a strike too).
If you think you got it bad or nothing ever goes your way, take a page from Kyler Seemann’s book…don’t quit and keep working your ass off!
Q: How did you hear about LPT?
A: I heard about LPT from a friend that was coached by coach LaCorte and heard he had a training program and he had worked with great players in the past.
Q: You recently committed to UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), but the process wasn't an easy one. Take us back through the last 2 years and the adversity you've faced.
A: Going into my first year of college I felt like my velocity and off speed were finally staring to develop and after the fall season I thought I was at a good place and then I tore my ACL and at first I was mad and thinking how much I was going to be set back then I realized I have one more year at Louisburg to work so that motivated me. My second year of college, after working out with LPT in the summer, my velocity really jumped and I started throwing my secondary pitches harder with more break. Then halfway into my fall season I tore the same ACL again and I was thinking the worst because I had no college after that year and I wasn’t going to get any looks because of my injuries. I finally made a decision to not let the injury be a set back. That led to me coming back a semester early to rehab and train with LPT to try to get a try out for a college and become better than I was. It all finally worked out after working hard at LPT and committing to UNOH.
Q: How has LPT helped you get back to where you want to be?
A: LPT has been unbelievable they really individualize their workouts to cater to what an athlete needs to work on. While gaining velocity here was a main goal, we also worked on developing secondary pitches and recovery so my body/arm will feel at its best. Lifting with LPT has also gotten my whole body more balanced and stronger. My arm has never felt this good while throwing with high intent and my knowledge of the game of baseball has also improved in the past two years.
Q: You are very diligent about your routine. Take us through your daily training routine.
A: On a velocity day I like to get hip mobility in with dynamic stretching. Then I like to get j-bands in to start to get my upper body loose. After that I do weighted ball press routine then it's into the weighted ball warm-up. On a velocity day I make sure to use max intent to make sure I'm loose. Then I like to stretch out long toss to as far as I can go and throw about 5 at that distant and then go into my pull down phase as I bring it in. Next are my weighted ball turn n burns and on these I make sure I am emptying the tank and throwing them as hard as I can. Last I get a lot of arm care in to make sure arm is healthy and get a hard lift in after I throw. I also foam roll at night to insure that I'll be ready for my next day. Recovery day will be the same routine but I will throw with a sock and focus on arm action and mechanics.
Q: What would be some advice you would give to a young athlete facing adversity or experiencing a plateau in their training?
A: My advice for young athletes facing adversity is to not let it be a set back, but a chance to become more focused and dedicated to your craft. Also if you are hitting a plateau do not let that affect how much intent you use when throwing and hard work in the weight room. Velocity will take time to develop and it's all about being patient and working hard.