Brown gets analytical in training Rochester-area baseball players – Reuters

ROCHESTER— Mitch Brown tries to improve baseball in the region, one player at a time.

Brown, a 2012 Century graduate, is a former minor league pitcher for the Cleveland organization. He was a second-round pick out of high school. Since ending his professional playing days in 2018, he has returned to Rochester and has been working with athletes across

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It trains players, especially pitchers, to

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who belongs to Jeff Milene. Brown continues to develop his product with more and more players looking to work with him.

“I was lucky to have some really great guys to work with and Jeff (Milene) provided us with a great spot,” Brown said. “It’s really good that people come to us to help them with their skills and training needs.”

Brown’s work is very analytical. He is training a number of players from the region, but is also currently working with around 15 players from the Twin Cities.

“They train with me one-on-one, then I write programs to them remotely and they continue to train alone up there,” Brown said. “A lot of these guys come in every week from the metro area, which is great. When I was growing up, I did the exact opposite.

Four of the players who worked with Brown in 2022 have committed to playing Division I baseball in college, including Mayo senior Ian Regalwho will participate in Nebraska.

Mitch Brown, a former professional minor league player, works out the mechanics of pitching with Chris Mathews, a blind Rochester resident and baseball enthusiast, as Mathews achieves his dream of learning to pitch Feb. 10, 2021, at Rochester Batting Cages near Isle aux Pins.

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“One of the things that has kind of set us apart in our training is that we really follow a lot of performance metrics,” Brown said. “Whether force measurements or speed measurements (throw).”

Brown does motion capture, where he takes video of players throwing, and he breaks down their mechanics. He then designs a program to help them improve.

“It gives us some baseline numbers from which we aim to improve those numbers,” Brown said.

Athletes are retested every four to six weeks with the goal of improving their metrics. Brown is also able to track each individual’s workout habits and productivity. Distance athletes can also take a video and send it to Brown, so he can break it down and tell them which areas to work on.

Brown’s training places a lot of responsibility on the athlete, but it also takes a lot of the guesswork out of what they need to work on to improve.

“It’s really nice for me to feel like I’m making a quality product for the athlete,” Brown said. “I can tell them if they are getting better or worse and I literally designed the program for that athlete.”

Brown says a big plus for athletes is that they can see their progress over time.

The number of athletes training with Brown dwindles in the fall and he currently works with around 30.

It also currently has about 25 remote interns. These players come for an evaluation at the Batting Cages, in which Brown gets their baseline metrics for performance. He then writes them a program to follow and they can train virtually.

Over the summer, Brown had about 60 athletes training at the facility and another 30 remotely.

“Fall is kind of our slowest time, but it gives you a chance to catch your breath, catch up on some things, and do more research and test your theories,” Brown said.

Guy N. Limbeck is sports editor for the Post Bulletin. His local blog appears every Tuesday. He can be reached at

glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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