Espinosa Baseball is dedicated to teaching baseball technique and to helping aspiring players reach their athletic goals. All of our private instruction is driven by video analysis. We offer lessons in hitting, pitching, and catching, as well as infield and outfield play.
We teach the same fundamentals to an eight-year old player as we do to a professional player. The art is in modifying and challenging the players as appropriate!
These baseball and softball skills are taught in private and group lesson formats, indoor and outdoors, as well as through the use of our On-Line Academy. We also have hitting, pitching, and infield programs designed for out of area players during school breaks.
Our Hitting Curriculum can be broken down into five General Areas:
Additionally, it is important to develop individual hitting plans based on factors such as:
The ability to hit against high level pitching will be the single most important factor that will determine most player’s chances of playing at the next level!
It is an exciting challenge that we are proud to embrace with our students day in and day out!
Contrary to the general trend of “Velocity Training,” our belief is that pitcher velocity is achieved through:
Our approach may not be earth shattering or feed the obsession of our velocity hungry baseball society, but it is natural, balanced, user-friendly, and designed to provide long-term benefits.
Our Pitching Lesson Training includes the following components:
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER: ONE KNEE BRACE-UP DRILL
Joe Espinosa addresses coaches at the 2017 World Baseball Coaches Convention at Mohegan Sun
The job of any infielder is to get outs for his team. “Make the ordinary play extraordinary well” and also “Make the extraordinary play ordinary!”
These are done through the building of a strong foundation, repetitive practice and attention to detail.
Lessons are organized into three general categories:
The opposing team offense presents us with multiple challenges. We must have a technique and be prepared for each and every challenge!
Professional Infielder working with Joe Espinosa, November, 2016: DP turns on “bad feeds” outside the right shoulder
High School Player working on same technique
Please check out our website, created with Marlins Infield Coach, Perry Hill: www.goldglovedefense.com
Our Outfield Curriculum is organized into four major components:
Our emphasis during the indoor winter off-season is on developing proper footwork and throwing mechanics. The emphasis shifts toward drills that promote proper tracking, game situation play, and the development of arm strength and accuracy during the outdoor season.
The three Major Skills:
These skills require catchers to be able to move smoothly and powerfully from a stance to the ground or to their feet efficiently and repetitively. Hip strength and flexibility are a must!
Our catching program is based on SQUAB program (Speed, Quickness, Agility, Balance) developed by Kevin Schnal (Coastal Carolina Catching Coach). The program is physically and mentally demanding and challenging and covers all aspects of catcher development. Catchers are taught personal routines that they can integrate into their team regimens.
Our use of the SQUAB has dramatically benefited our catchers over the two-year period we have implemented it.
Thank you, Coach Schnal and CONGRATULATIONS on winning the 2016 NCAA Division I World Series!!!
From Paul: During the past 15 years I have seen too many young players struggle because of their approach to hitting. Many of their struggles are due to mis-information that has been passed down through the years and has taken the fun out of playing for them. I have a passion for the game and a desire to help struggling players to hit and compete at a higher level.