NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The SFA baseball program found the warmth of the new Bob “Bullet” Akins Pitching Development Center welcoming while cold rain and snow fell from the sky over the weekend.
The center is the newest upgrade to the Lumberjacks’ baseball facility.
“I don’t care who you are or how tough you are, when it gets really cold it is hard to get work do,” SFA baseball coach Johnny Cardenas said. “This allows us to alleviate some of that and work with our guys.”
The green building may just look like an indoor pitching and hitting facility but SFA has invested in new equipment. The center has two bullpen cages, complete with a Rapsodo pitching unit, allowing for the coaches to provide analytical data on spin axis and rate of spin. There is also a edgertronic slow motion camera which allows for mapping out pitching mechanics.
“It helps us isolate the problem with mechanics and our throwing motion,” pitcher Jeremy Rodriguez said. “It helps us better ourselves for the next game and next pitch.”
Coach Cardenas will admit that while they have had a few great pitchers they have not seen as much development at the position as they would like too. Now the staff is hoping this technology can help close the gap with others in the league.
“If you have a pitching staff of 15 guys and 10 are good enough to go on the weekend then you have a chance to win,” Cardenas said. “The last couple of years we have had one or two guys drafted or got pro interest. What we are trying to do is get 3-4 guys that we can develop to move onto the next level and win ballgames while they are here.”