Today's #MinorLeagueMonday feature is Max Herrmann @max_hermz of the @angels // Max was signed as a free agent after the 2017 draft after his redshirt senior season for the @rutgersbaseball .
Herrmann finished his time as a Scarlet Knight ranked second in school history with 86 appearances and third with 15 saves, notching 92 strikeouts in 128.0 innings. As a senior captain in 2017, he collected a 3.31 ERA and six saves with 29 strikeouts and a .242 batting average against. The New Jersey native appeared in the Cape Cod League for the @whitecapsccbl , was the 2014 NJCBA Fireman of the year, and is the younger brother of former Big-Leaguer Frank Herrmann. .
Max provides great insight into an important theme for rotational athletes, one that often dictates the success of both hitters AND pitchers - direction. .
“In the two videos, you see a clear difference in the direction and the length of my stride. In the first video, I am throwing across my body because I do not step entirely in the direction of my target. In the second video, I am more direct, which opens up some extra space for me. This added extension out in front of my lead leg can help me generate more whip. “Subtle changes in your stride length and stride direction are crucial for establishing the timing for kinetic chain events throughout the pitching motion. Be sure to keep an eye on your “stride alignment” and get the most out of your lower half to yield big results.” .
Max’s stride plays an integral role in translating energy from his back leg to the front leg, a key component in creating rotational torque and power. As we have alluded to in the past, stride control and accuracy can dictate a player’s success, whether they be a hitter or a pitcher, as the two motions are rooted in the same mechanical principles. Max’s analytical perspective to his own product and his commitment to hard work will serve him well in the 2018 season. Can’t wait to see what this season has in store for the southpaw!
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