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Healthy and Ready to Go!

It has been a day or two (4 months) since I’ve updated ya’ll on what’s been going on over the off-season! First things first, I feel healthy!  It has been a long time since I could say that. It feels great to be throwing, letting it loose, and having the relief of knowing my arm is going to feel good doing what it’s supposed to do.  I am anticipating the countdown for camp to start!

This off season I have been extremely dedicated to working out hard to make sure I am in baseball shape for camp. What is being in baseball shape? I can tell you, it’s not beach workouts, no heavy bicep and chest workouts. It is just the core muscles that will keep you healthy for an entire season; core, legs, and shoulders. It has been fun watching my body progress into what it needs to be able to get that uniform back on and get back on the field to start going at hitters again.

So what’s been up this off-season? My girlfriend and I got a new horse, Dancer. He is a 7-year-old Tennessee Walker and is a complete blast to work with. He is not like most horses. He has a true soft side and loves to follow me around (it’s possible that it’s because he knows I have treats in my pockets). He cannot stand not having all eyes and ears on him. I live on some land that has trails I can take him on. He gets plenty of work doing that. That’s the only new animal I have gotten over the off-season. For those of you that keep up with me know that my girlfriend Guin and I have four Pomeranians. They are doing great but it can be a handful having a full on pom pack. Make sure to check them out on Instagram @PomSwag

Dancer

Dancer

I have done a fair share of travel over the course of the off season. I went out to Arizona a few times to escape to that awesome year-around weather. I went up to the northeast for a NRA fundraiser. Another awesome trip was to Boise, Idaho with Guin. We went for a Boise State football game and to visit her parents. The blue turf was a definite highlight. The state of Idaho was amazing. It is my kind of place; laid back and full of nature! I love to get out see new places and be surprised.  We rode bikes everywhere and the course around the river was great. It is crazy how fresh the air was. It was an awesome trip. Lastly, I did some great man trips; hunting in Arkansas and west Texas with my best bud and dad.

Go Broncos

Go Broncos

            A huge part of my life is family. They are my biggest supporters. I love being home sitting around, talking, and doing activities with them. It is very important for me to be around my parents, I won’t have them forever and I want to take advantage of the time I can spend with them because those are times you can never get back!   For those of you that keep up, my sister Sara Beth is doing awesome in Nashville! She has her first full CD out and is currently working on her second. A cool thing happened over the holidays, as her Christmas video was played on CMT on Christmas day while we were eating Christmas dinner. That was exciting for the entire family to get to see and be there with her. You can check out her page on CMT.

Well guys it’s only a little over two weeks until we will be back in the full swing of things. I love everyone who follows my blog and if you get a chance during camp or the season please stop by and say hello. I would love to see you guys! Until then, God Bless. You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @jordanswagerty

Learning through adversity

So I had a little bit of time tonight to right up a new blog and its due to the amount of rain we have been getting down here in Florida! Someone send us some sunshine! Rainouts seem to be the name of the game here in the Florida State League.

I have been with the team for nearly two weeks and we had our second rainout today. Playing down here in Florida there has been a couple of tropical storms around the state and it seems to keep sending rain our way.  Since I have been back and going that’s the last thing I need coming back from surgery!

Coming back is all about the repetitions in game-like situations, getting your feet wet. With a few outings under my belt now it has been a little more difficult than I expected but it’s been a blast to just be back out there.

It seems like one day you’re cruising through hitters and the next day nothing seems to work. I think anyone coming back from surgery will tell you the same thing! Some things that I can take away from the experience is really learning how to pitch on days where you don’t have all of your pitches. Really learn to use and trust your fastball. Really try to hit your spots with it. Once you can do that, then on days where everything is working you can roll through innings and days it’s not, you still can attack hitters with your fastball and try to get outs in different ways. Either way I leave the mound looking forward to getting back out there next time.

So I have had the opportunity to get out and do some shooting in the last few days and its one thing that really gets me away during season and gets my mind off baseball. I recently worked with some really cool guys that own a company called Drake Associates. Chris Drake talked with me on the phone and we worked out getting a new Chassis system for a rifle that I had already purchased and since then the gun has shot unbelievable. If you know anything about guns I was getting consistent ¾ inch groups at 200 yards. These guys do a lot of custom work and do a great job so definitely check out their website and their blog here.

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In other news it’s that time again. Just turned 24 years old on the 14th. Where does time go? Seems like yesterday I was signing with the Cardinals taking a trip around Busch Stadium, watching the game and now I’ve been in with the organization for three years. A nice surprise is my family came in for the weekend and surprised me and my girlfriend! It truly is an amazing time when I get to spend it with family. I’m very close to my family especially my dad who really is a best friend. I know I blog about it a lot but we went to Jetty’s which still is my favorite place in the area. Just doesn’t seem like any other place compares here in Palm Beach.

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Photo credit: SaraBeth Swagerty http://instagram.com/p/buietSOkIV/#

Anyway, I just wanted to stop in for a bit with you guys! Thanks everyone for keeping up with the blog. Don’t forget to follow on twitter for updates with the blog @jordanswagerty. God Bless

Pitching Lesson (and DisneyWorld)

Hey everyone back again and I think you will like the post this week. I am getting closer to being back in games so I have decided to give you a little bit of insight on myself and take you behind the scenes to let you see how I make my pitches do what they do and maybe even teach the younger guys a grip or two if you’re lucky! The other subject of discussion is one of my dreams came true last off day. I had my first trip to DisneyWorld and I will say it lived up to its expectations. We all had a ton of fun!

Back to the good stuff… Pitching. Anyone who knows me or has seen me play knows I am a high intensity player. I love flying out of the bullpen in the later innings with the music playing, knowing I have to get the last three outs in a tough game. I love the adrenaline rush and I love seeing fans in the seats and going out there to do my job. With all of that said, if you can’t throw strikes or have quality pitches, it really will be tough to get outs in any league, whether it’s high school or pro ball.

 

One thing I will start with for the young players and everyone reading is learn your pitches and get comfortable with them in any situation. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 2-0 count or a 0-2 count , bases loaded or no one on, you have to know you can throw all of your pitches in that situation.

I’ll start with my four-seam fastball. This as well as the two-seam has got to be a go-to pitch and you have to be able to throw it at anytime. The four-seam will be a straighter pitch and should be the harder of my two fastballs. You can use this to get inside on a lefty’s hands as a right-handed pitcher or throw it up in the zone to blow it by someone. To go along with that I use a two-seam fastball as well. This may be a mile or two slower than the four-seam and I’m trying to get the ball to sink when I throw it, working on getting ground balls or quick outs. The less pitches you can throw in a inning or to each hitter, the longer you can stay in games. At the end of the day you don’t want to be pulled with a high pitch count early in the game consistently. You may not be the bullpen’s favorite!

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4-seam fastball grip

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Two-seam fastball grip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next let get into a little bit of the off-speed game and to be honest it is one of my favorites. This is where a young pitcher can really shine, being able to throw off-speed pitches for strikes. I throw a spike slider/curveball depending on the speed. I have found this grip is easy to control and really does have sharp movement. It will be harder than your traditional curveball and for myself it really is deceptive and comes out looking like a fastball. I grip on a different set of seams than most but you should play around with the grip and see what works best for you.

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Slider grip

 

The last pitch and for real young guys the first off-speed pitch you should learn is the change-up. I throw a circle change that is gripped exactly how it sounds. This is one of the most deceptive pitches in baseball and I think it is overlooked at the upper levels. It comes out looking exactly like a fastball but is 6-10 miles an hour slower which is a ton. If you can master this pitch you will notice a big difference throwing it in fastball counts which are typically counts where you are behind. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments below if you have anything you want to know.

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Changeup grip

 

Okay onto a little bit of a different subject: Disneyworld! What a trip! All done in one day. Literally woke up at 6 am and hit the road and pulled back in around 10pm. I had never been there and really had no idea what to expect. My sister SaraBeth, girlfriend Guin, and buddy and also fellow-TJ rehabber Jay Voss all packed it in the car and made the trip with me.

 

We started off at Magic Kingdom for Guin. Of course she loves all Disney movies, and we took pics in front of the castle, saw a performance, rode Space Mountain and had a coke float which was unreal because I was at Disneyworld. A side note: don’t hold your hands up on Space Mountain. It does get a little sketchy haha (low ceilings)… Next we were off to Animal Kingdom for Jay. All the guy could talk about for days is the animal safari! We saw so many cool animals, did the River Rapids and the Everest expedition. It had been a long day by this point so we went to Asia and grabbed some food from the locals which was unreal.

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Where dreams come true!

 

After we had a late lunch it was on to Hollywood to see if we were movie stars. We all got caught in a sketchy elevator at some Hollywood hotel which they call the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Turned out to be the best part of my day. We all rode it but Jay Voss got a bit scared and sat it out and viewed it from ground level. At the end of the day we all had a great day I left with a new coffee mug for the field and many memories I will always cherish. If you have never been there you have to check it out. You won’t regret it. I did forget one big part. It was raining the whole time so we did get a bit wet!

 

Mother’s Day is coming up soon everyone! I will be writing my next blog on my mother which means a lot to me so make sure in check in next week! Hope everyone has a good week. Check me out on twitter @jordanswagerty God bless!

 

 

Family Time

One week left everyone, and a lot is going on! Wanted to take some time to let everyone know a little bit about my last week personally and a few things you might have missed at camp! I have been very fortunate that my family rented a place down here in Palm Beach and it has been a blast getting to hang with them every day.

My dad turned 55 this last week so I did get to enjoy his birthday with him. If you have ever been to Spring Training down here in Florida, I hope you have had a chance to stop by and eat at Jetty’s! It is by far my favorite place in the city and they really do have some unbelievable food. This is where I took my dad for his birthday and we truly had a great time. I went with the Hawaiian filet and I really wish I had a picture of it. It tastes almost like Hawaiian chicken but with a tender filet. Then we celebrated with a cake afterwards!

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Happy birthday Dad!

For all the dog lovers out there my girlfriend Guin and myself are looking at another puppy. We have really enjoyed the two that we have who are both males and we are thinking about adding a female to the pack. What do y’all think?? We have been looking for a while and found one that is a little bit more rare. She’s beautiful chocolate with brown in her coat which is pretty rare to find.

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What should we name her?

The last thing before we get to baseball is I am pretty pumped to have my sister in town for a few days. For those of you who don’t know her, her name is SaraBeth and she is a up-and-coming country artist. She has been on the road for the last few weeks doing a radio tour with many different radio stations where she would go in do a live concert and introduce her new songs to the listeners. If you get a chance check out out on Twitter at @SBSwags and her album Kickin’ and Screamin’ on iTunes!

Okay now on to what everyone wants to hear! Let’s talk baseball!! Things are looking good out there on the practice fields. There are many guys out there really bringing it and starting to make a name for themselves. I’m sure everyone knows Michael Wacha. He is bringing it and is looking strong, throwing it hard and mixing it up well. One of my good buddies Seth Blair is really commanding the strike zone well and getting people out.

To be honest there is really good baseball being played this camp. Guys are really hitting their stride early. It is very smooth baseball, meaning guys are making the plays in the field, pitchers are looking sharp really making pitches, and hitters are putting good swings on balls. It’s clear there was a lot of hard work put in this offseason, which is always good to see.

As for myself, I’m feeling strong! Rehab has been going great. We really have a great staff of guys that have been working with me and making sure I continue I head in the right direction! It really feels good to say I am facing hitters and my arm feels great!

One thing you might not know about me is I really am one of the most competitive people there is. I love being able to get back on the mound now and have fun. I love seeing hitters in the box. I love to compete and be able to throw all of my pitches at them and try to get them out. It has been a great camp because I get to compete again and that is one thing I have truly missed while I was rehabbing on my way back.

See you on twitter @jordanswagerty God bless!