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The CSP Team is Growing!

 

 

We are extremely excited to announce that Miguel Aragoncillo will be making his triumphant return to CSP-Massachusetts as a full-time strength & conditioning coach beginning on September 15th.  Miguel spent the fall of 2012 interning with us and left a lasting impression on both clients and staff members here at the gym.

 

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Since concluding his internship experience, Miguel has been coaching alongside fellow CSP intern alum, Kevin Neeld, at Endeavor Sports Performance in New Jersey. During his time at Endeavor, Miguel developed an appreciation for the intricacies of coaching a hockey-specific population, a group of athletes whom we’ll now be even more equipped to work with here at CSP in the coming weeks and months.

 

Miguel holds a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and Health Fitness Specialist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. Further, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from Temple University, located in Philadelphia, PA.

 

For those CSP athletes who are not already familiar with Miguel’s background, there’s more to him than the generic resume material I’ve thrown at you…

 

Miguel actually has an extensive background in dance. More specifically, he’s an accomplished bboy dancer. Here’s an impressive video he put together during his time down at Endeavor.

 

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Additionally, Miguel tapped into his inner male model during his time as an intern here at CSP. Back in December of 2012, he endured endless hours of New Balance photo-shoots creating many of the images used regularly on www.shopnewbalance.com.

 

We’ve got a good coach, and even better person joining the staff.  Our clients will soon come to realize that the CSP training experience just became that much better.

Welcome to the team, Miguel!

 

 

 

Lessons in Leadership from a Marine turned Strength Coach

 

 

My name is George Kalantzis, and I am the newest member of the Cressey Sports Performance team. Most CSP clients know me as the former intern who dressed in fatigues and face paint for my coaching responsibilities this past Halloween, but I am now officially the head group fitness instructor overseeing the bootcamp programs here at the facility.

 

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As I sit and write this, I can’t believe the many twists and turns my career has taken in recent years. In the not-too-distant past, I found myself traveling to exotic countries with my Fiancé and on the path to becoming an air traffic controller. Not long before that, I was busy playing America’s superhero as an active United States Marine.  I’ve learned a lifetime worth of lessons in just the last handful of years, and expect to continue to do so moving forward at CSP.

One of the most valuable parts of the week here at the facility is the weekly staff in-service, which takes place every Wednesday morning prior to clients arriving. This morning we took a step away from the usual assessment/programming/exercise science material and covered the ins and outs of operating this strength and conditioning business from the perspectives of Pete and Eric.

While listening to these guys field questions about where CSP is at today, and how they got to this point, I couldn’t help but think about past leaders I’ve had in the Marine Corps.  Each and every one of them possessed leadership traits that have effectively led countless Marines to face fear and succeed in some of the toughest moments one could imagine.

 

   Leadership traits I’ve seen overlap between my military and CSP experiences…

 

Justice: Life at CSP is not as easy as it looks. It has taken 7 plus years for Eric and the gang to build brand awareness and be on top. They will be the first to admit that it was not an easy task. Having a set system in place helps restore order and deliver fantastic results.

 

Judgment: Making tough decisions are never easy! Even the most sophisticated will fail if bad judgment is used. By taking on positions of responsibility, going through the appropriate steps and learning from mistakes can you only become better at making decisions.

 

Dependability: CSP family means family! I interned last year and was relatively new to the industry. In the time since my internship, I have been working as a personal trainer, where I’ve encountered new and unfamiliar scenarios on a daily basis. No matter what, I’ve been able to count on the guys at CSP. No question has gone unanswered and I always truly feel as if I am part of the family. This is a huge thing in life, and I am very thankful to have a team I can depend on.

 

Integrity: Some would argue that integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one else is around to observe your actions. But, is it as simple as that? I am of the mentality that these lessons must first be observed to be fully embraced, and finding a person (or persons) whom you can trust would be the first step on the road to possessing integrity. Only great people should be entrusted with great responsibilities, and I believe that the team here at CSP would qualify.

 

Decisiveness: Sometimes the worst decision is making no decision at all. Do you have what it takes to make important decisions in the heat of the moment? A great coach must learn how to make decisions on the fly and adapt where needed.

 

Tact: This is a huge one not only in fitness, but also in life. How you approach someone and handle certain scenarios can make or break you. You must learn how individuals perceive things in order to be an effective communicator and leader.

 

Initiative: Go out there and get what you want! Don’t see something you like? Try and see what you can do to make it better. Something as little as putting weights back at the gym you work in may not seem like a big deal, but people notice.

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Endurance: If you want to be out in front, then you must learn to never give up and keep on digging through tough times. You are 20 times more capable than what you think you can do, and the body is a machine. However, endurance is more than finding yourself, it is about convincing others that they too have what it takes to succeed. If you can convince others to follow, then you have what it takes to be a great leader.

 

Bearing: No matter what, someone is always watching. If you want to be a great leader, you must learn how to hold yourself to the highest standards as possible.

 

Unselfishness: As a coach, sometimes you will go hours on end without a meal or even sometimes miss a workout. This is one of the many things you may do to help others reach their goals. Learn how to put a team first and you will be recognized for such acts.

 

Courage: Do you have what it takes to face fear? Fear comes in many forms, and being able to push past that comfort zone and find the will to succeed is a huge part of being a great leader. Do you think outside the box, or do you do the same thing day in and day out?

 

Knowledge: Brian Tracy said that if you read just 30 minutes a day, you will double your income and come out on top. The Marine Corps taught me to simply know more tomorrow than I did today. Without knowledge, judgment becomes intuition, and decision-making becomes guessing. If you want to be ahead, you must constantly strive to better yourself.

 

Loyalty: An unending commitment! If you truly want to become a fitness coach, don’t just do it part time. Make it your life’s passion and work, and do everything you can do better yourself. Loyalty to yourself and those around you will separate you from the crowd.

 

Enthusiasm: Don’t just do things simply for the sake of doing them. Anything worth doing is worth giving it your all. If you want to become a great leader, motivation is very important. I should also mention that it is contagious. The more motivated you become, the more chances you have for success.

 

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There is never a day in my life when I am not thankful for the things I have learned in life and continue to learn. Surround yourself with mentors who possess strong leadership traits and you’ll find yourself on the track to self-improvement. I hope you can learn from these leadership traits.

 

Want to learn from George on the training floor as well?  Shoot us an email to learn more about CSP’s bootcamp services:

   CSPmass@gmail.com

 

 

 

CSP Client Spotlight: TJ Jann

 

 

Here’s Coach Zomberg’s second installment of the CSP Client Spotlight, featuring TJ Jann.

 

 

Born and raised in Westford, MA, TJ Jann is a Penn State graduate with a degree in Finance and is now pursuing his Masters in Finance from Boston College. We can only admire the way TJ looks out for his little brother, who also works out at CSP. Without a doubt, this hard-working, yet tender, young buck will be a success, both on and off the field.

 

   Let’s start with baseball…

 

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   What inspired you to play the game?

 

I’ve always loved the New York Yankees. My dream since I can remember was to either play for the Yankees or the New York Knicks. Becoming Mariano Rivera’s replacement was always my dream job and bizarrely enough, if things had gone according to plan, I timed it up pretty well!

 

   Word has it that you once played with CSP coach, Greg Robins.  Tell us more!

 

I had the pleasure of playing with Greg a long time ago when I was 16 years old. We both went to the same hitting coach so in turn we were both asked to play on the 18u team in the fall.

 

   We heard you were terrified of him?  Is there truth to this? 

 

If you don’t know already, Greg is an imposing force in the weight room. Picture Greg Robins on a baseball field right now, with 16-18 year olds, and tell me you would not be terrified. Well, one weekend, Greg filled in as a catcher, so as the team’s third baseman, I learned the difference between the arm of a 16-year-old kid and a 22-year-old man. Whenever anyone stole third or if we had a runner on third, I was just praying Greg didn’t throw it because it most likely would have killed me. He did throw a runner out at third that game, not because I caught the ball, but rather due to the fact that the ball was lodged into the palm of my glove.

 

Side note: He hit a ball with a wood bat about 1,000 feet. To this day, it is the longest home run I have ever seen. I’m guessing it probably still hasn’t landed.

 

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   Why Penn State?

 

I chose Penn State for the ability to both pitch and hit (most schools on the East Coast wanted me solely as a pitcher). Penn State also has a great academic reputation and a strong alumni network so I knew if baseball didn’t work out, I would still be in very good shape.

 

   If you could relive the career of one MLB Player, who would you choose and why?

 

Easy question: Mariano Rivera. My childhood idol is the greatest closer to ever play the game. He dominated every team in the league his entire career and did it with one pitch. Every hitter knew exactly what pitch was coming yet still couldn’t hit it. How’s that for dominance?

 

Not only was he a dominant player, but also he went about it in such a professional manner. There is a reason that his final season included such an incredible celebration from around the league. His calm and collected demeanor could not be broken at any point, no matter how bad the situation was. To see a player be called the greatest to ever play the game at his position, and still have the respect of even the arch rival Boston Red Sox, I can’t imagine a better career than that.

 

   Aside from baseball…

 

   Tell us about your time as an “all-star” basketball player in high school?

 

Basketball, believe it or not, was my better sport growing up. I always thought I was going to make it to the NBA and revive my disappointing Knicks franchise (that now lies in Melo’s hands), but opted to focus on baseball when I was told there was a professional baseball career in my near future.

 

In high school, I was an All State basketball player and MVP of my league. I loved basketball; it was so much fun and it gave me a break from baseball. While I was usually one of the biggest players on the court, I typically played on the perimeter and shot 41% from three. My claim to fame is that I played with Nerlens Noel, and against Shabazz Napier, Alex Oriakhi, and Phil Pressey to name a few NBA players.

 

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   How has being an athlete shaped your personality?

 

Being a part of a team really teaches you how to effectively work with others and communicate. Sports also brought out the leadership in me as teammates typically turned to me for answers or help when they were struggling with any aspect of their game or even life. The competitive nature I have as an athlete has allowed me to succeed not only on the court or field, but also in the classroom and office. I always want more, no matter how successful I am, and it’s my competitive edge (instilled from athletics) that drives me.

 

 

   Enough with athletics…

 

   What 5 songs would we most likely hear on your playlist?

 

This one is tough. I like a wide variety of music. It really depends on what kind of mood I am in or what I am doing at the moment. I’ll give you five songs that I currently listen to often: Lightning – Cash Cash, I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy, Bright Lights – Matchbox Twenty, Do or Die – Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church. I told you it was pretty diverse.

 

   What do you want to do with your MSF?

 

I am hoping to get a job with either a hedge fund or a venture capitalist firm when I graduate. Evaluating companies on whether or not VC’s should invest in them is something I’d like to do. If not, I’d love to work with private wealth management or portfolio management with a hedge fund.

 

   What’s your spirit animal, and why?

 

Bear. I am strong, confident and welcome a challenge, but sometimes my own pride can be my downfall. I also just took a quiz on a random site and it gave me “bear.”

 

   CSP Talk…

 

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   What separates the CSP training environment from other training facilities?

 

I think CSP is the best place to train no matter what. The fact that each individual has his or her own personalized program is fantastic. Not only are they personalized, but also they are created after a physical evaluation to locate any weaknesses and areas that need work. I’ve never seen another place that can even compete with this method. Also, the wealth of knowledge on the floor is great as there is always someone there to help you with an exercise. It’s nice to know that the people working there actually care about the clients and are there to help them get better. There is a reason the top players in the country choose to train at Cressey Performance. You’ve got to train with the best to play like the best!

 

 

 

 

 

CP Client Spotlight: Dave Montiverdi

 

 

Since CP Coach Andrew Zomberg spends far more time interacting with our athletes than I ever will, he’s got a much better feel for the personalities that come and go every day.  With this in mind, I’ve asked him to pull together our client spotlights moving forward.  This time around, he’s had a conversation with long-time CP athlete, David Montiverdi.  Please read on to learn a collection of extraordinarily random facts about this quirky individual…

 

Always representing his Dowling College pride in his collegiate shorts and t-shirt, Dave’s charismatic personality and contagious aura make his presence known at CP.  An Aviation Management major with a concentration in air traffic control, he is one of the most hard-working, dedicated, yet entertaining players with whom I have had the pleasure of working.

 

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   A baseball player, eh? Tell us more!

 

Q:  What inspired you to play ball?

 

A:  My dad lives and breathes baseball, so I had a love for the game right from the gecko. (this is apparently how college students say “get go” nowadays)

 

Q:  What has been your proudest moment on the mound?

 

A:  In my red-shirt year at Dowling, I lost nearly 65 pounds and earned a solid role in the pen. My dad came down for the first time with the chance to watch me play in almost two years. It came to a point in the game where Post had cut our lead to 5-3 with the bases loaded and one out.  They took out our starter and sent me in. I ended up getting the kid to hook a change-up and ground into a double play.  My teammates would later refer to my celebration that followed as the “Hop and Skip.” To be honest, I’m not even sure what it looked like until I watched the video the next day. I was so happy I swear I blacked out!  That was the most proud I’ve seen my dad at any point of my baseball career and it really meant a lot to me.

 

Q:  Who is your favorite professional player?

 

A:  Of all time, it has to be former Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller. I’ve always liked under the radar players over superstars. Plus, I’m a (self-proclaimed) switch hitter who used to play predominately at third until I reached college ball. He just played the game right and actually won the AL batting title his first year. I was heartbroken when the Sox let him leave. If we’re talking active players, I have to say Craig Kimbrel. By coincidence, he wears my favorite number and his arsenal of pitches just isn’t fair. It is so much fun watching him pitch.

 

Q:  If baseball didn’t exist, which sport would you play and why?

 

A: European Handball. It is my favorite part of the Olympics (not too far ahead of water polo) and I cannot for the life of me understand how it is not a major sport yet! There is so much unnecessary jumping and someone gets rocked in the face every thirty seconds. Plus, we also had a tournament at school this year where I went off and actually scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the last minute. I’m pretty sure there was a scout in attendance from the Swiss national team but I have unfortunately not heard anything further.

 

   So, David, you love airplanes? Go on!

 

Q:  What is it about airplanes?

 

A:  I loved airplanes from a young age. I grew up (and still currently live) a mile from Worcester Airport, right under the approach path.  Although, I doubt my neighbors share the same appreciation. Plus, they’re shiny, and I like shiny things.

 

Q: I hear you’re interning at Logan? Tell us more!

 

A: I am! As the Airport Operations intern for the Massachusetts Port Authority, I oversee everything happening on the airfield and also the day-to-day operation of the international terminal (which Massport owns). For example, any time something happens, like an emergency landing or a diverted flight, my department responds. My duties include chauffeuring the Airport Manager (which is by far my favorite part, not a lot of people get to drive on an airfield let alone one like Logan), forming a power point for the driving class all employees operating vehicles on the airport must attend before obtaining their license, and many other very cool tasks.

 

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Q:  What kind of airplane best describes you and why?

 

A: I have to go with a Boeing 757. Not only is it my favorite airplane, but it is well overpowered beyond necessity, has great range, very loud and is one of the more popular planes of our time. If that doesn’t scream “Dave”, I don’t know what does.

 

   A little deeper…

 

Q:  What is something most people don’t know about you?

 

A:  I love photography. I actually got my first SLR camera last year; however, with baseball, school and work, I have only had the chance to shoot planes during free time at work. I’m also getting good at Photoshop. (Readers, feel free to give Dave a few pointers as I’m for the most part in the process of self-teaching myself.)

 

Q:  Off the field, where would I find you?

 

A:  More likely than not playing with my dog. I love dogs more than I love most humans.

 

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Q:  Do you have a celebrity crush?

 

A:  Taylor Swift. I know, I know – “Dave, she’s dated half of Hollywood.” You have to have a positive mindset though. That means my odds with her are vastly greater than that of other celebrities. Also, when was the last time you saw T-Swift in the news for doing something stupid? How about the last time she twerked on stage? Plus, she definitely wrote her entire Love Story album about me so I mean what more is there to say?

 

Q:  What do you love most about CP?

 

A:  The people. You know how they say “if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life?” Everyone in the gym exemplifies that from the staff who needs no introduction, to the interns who are always very well educated and sociable, to the clients who each have a story of their own. There never is a day I leave CP in a worse mood than when I came in. Everyone has fun and gets their work done at the same time. CP truly is a family and a unique one at that, I think it’s the universal mutual hate for the prowler that brings everyone together but that’s just my opinion.

 

 

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Please shoot us an email (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com) if you’d like to receive additional information regarding CP’s services!

 

 

 

 

Noteworthy CP-Family Performances

 

This past week was another productive one for the CP Baseball Family.  Here are a couple of highlights worth pointing out:

 

Adam Ravenelle (Tigers Prospect) officially signed his first professional contract following a successful college career which culminated with a high-pressure 6-out save to secure a national championship for Vanderbilt.  Adam has completed over 300 training sessions here at CP dating back to when he was an 8th-grader.  We’re extremely proud of his successful career thus far and look forward to seeing what is ahead.  Here’s an article discussing his next big step.

 

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Corey Kluber (Indians) earned his 8th win of the season in a dominant outing against the Royals on Sunday.  Corey worked into the 9th and struck out 10 batters.  He is now 4th in the league in strikeouts (137) and 3rd in innings pitched (125 1/3).  Here’s an article featuring Terry Francona’s reaction to being booed by his home fans as he approached the mound to remove Corey just two outs shy of his 2nd career complete game.

 

Mike Montgomery (Rays Prospect) earned a Triple-A All-Star selection following a first half that included an 8-1 record with a 3.30ERA.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed that his hard work is rewarded with a big-league call-up as the fall approaches!  All-Star article

 

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John Gorman (Boston College) has turned a temporary contract with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League into a full-time contract and has placed a firm grasp on their closer role.  Through 8.1IP, John has a 1.08ERA and a batting average against of .154.  Boston Globe article

 

 

 

 

2014 CPFamily MLB Draft Review

 

 

With 18 members of the CP Family taken this weekend in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, we have now seen 52 athletes have their name called dating back to the spring of 2011.  Some of the highlights included:

 

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  5 CP Family members were selected during MLB TV prime-time broadcast of the first 2 rounds and we saw 6 guys go in the top 100 picks of the draft.

 

–  Tyler Beede became the 1st player in New England history to be drafted twice in the 1st round, and the 18th in MLB First-Year Player Draft history.

 

  6 different athletes who have trained with us through high school and college prior to being selected to play professionally (Beede, Ravenelle, Chin, Anderson, Bereszniewicz, and Alfonso).

 

  Forrest Wall became the highest drafted HS 2nd baseman in draft history.  He also demonstrated that his baseball skills are second only to his fashion skills after being selected 35th overall.

 

 

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    A big CP congratulations goes out to the following 18 guys:

 

Tyler Beede – Selected 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants out of Vanderbilt University  Story

 

Forrest Wall – Selected 35th overall by the Colorado Rockies out of Orangewood Christian High School (FL) Story

 

Jake Stinnett – Selected 45th overall by the Chicago Cubs out of the University of Maryland. Story

 

Joe Gatto – Selected 53rd overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of St. Augustine HS (NJ) Story

 

Spencer Turnbull – Selected 63rd overall by the Detroit Tigers out of the University of Alabama Story

 

Austin DeCarr – Selected 91st overall by the NY Yankees our of the Salisbury School (CT) Story

 

Adam Ravenelle – Selected in the 4th round by the Detroit Tigers out of Vanderbilt University  Story

 

Eric Stout – Selected in the 13th round by the Kansas City Royals out of Butler University  Story

 

Ben Brewster – Selected in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox out of Maryland  Story

 

Andrew Chin – Selected in the 15th round by the NY Yankees out of Boston College  Story

 

Carl Anderson – Selected in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Bryant University  Story

 

Will Toffee – Selected in the 23rd round by the NY Yankees out of the Salisbury School (CT)

 

Ty Sterner – Selected in the 23rd round by the Cincinnati Reds out of the University of RI  Story

 

Billy Bereszniewicz – Selected in the 28th round by the LA Dodgers out of SUNY Binghamton  Story

 

Tyler Herb – Selected in the 29th round by the Seattle Mariners out of Coastal Carolina  Story

 

James Alfonso – Selected in the 30th round by the Seattle Mariners out of U. of Hartford  Story

 

Tucker Simpson – Selected in the 39th round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Chipola CC (FL)  Story

 

Scott Manea – Selected in the 40th round by the Seattle Mariners out of St. Johns HS (MA)  Story

 

 

 

 

 

CP Weekend Roundup 5-13 through 5-19

 

 

This edition of the CP Weekend Roundup features performances from several different levels of baseball, including league-wide honors on a couple of different occasions.  Congratulations to all of the #cpfamily who have now wrapped up another successful spring season.

Here goes!

 

   MLB Roundup

 

AJ Pollock (DBacks) shared National League Player of the Week honors with Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers for the week ending on May 18th. AJ’s collection of dominant offensive performances included three multi-hit games during a week where he went 11 for 22 at the plate. Article

 

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Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned his 8th and 9th saves of the season on Friday and Saturday in San Francisco. Steve is now 3-1 on the season with a 2.08 ERA. Stats

 

Steve Delabar (Jays) earned a win in Texas with 3 strikeouts in 1.1 solid innings of relief. Toronto won 4-2 while Steve pushed his record to 3-0 out of the bullpen in 2014. Box Score

 

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Corey Kluber (Indians) put together a pair of great starts since our last Roundup, including a win in Toronto and a no-decision last night against the Tigers on ESPN. Corey struck out 17 in 14 innings pitched over the two-game span, pushing his season total to 74 in just 65.2 innings. Stats

 

   NCAA Roundup

 

Andrew Chin (Boston College) earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors following his complete game, 2-hit performance against the Clemson Tigers. Andrew retired 10 consecutive batters, and 14 of the final 16 he faced. Story

 

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Max Tishman (Wake Forest) worked an inning of relief to earn a win against the #1 Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. Max struck out 2 in the 4-3 win. Box Score

 

Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) earned a no-decision after working into the 9th of a 4-3 loss to #9 South Carolina on Thursday evening on ESPN-U. Tyler allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 8.1 innings. Box Score

 

   HS Roundup

 

Austin DeCarr (Salisbury School) finished his prep year with a pitching stat line that included a 7-0 record, 0.64ERA, 42IP, 17H, 4R (3 Earned), 19 BB and 93 K’s. Austin is committed to play for Clemson University next year and is likely to be selected in the first five rounds of the coming MLB First Year Player Draft.

 

Forrest Wall (Orangewood Christian HS of FL) is expected to be drafted out of high school in the coming weeks. Baseball America wrote a feature highlighting the rarity of a 2nd baseman on the HS level projecting so high on MLB draft boards. Here’s a link for those of you who have a BA subscription!

 

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Ryan Pocock (Westford Academy) led his team to a 7-1 win over Boston Latin on Monday, going 3-4 at the plate. Ryan fell just a single short of the cycle, including a grandslam and 5RBI. He now has 8HR in just 20 games played. What is especially impressive about this performance is the fact that Ryan did it on the same day that the Lowell Sun published a piece about his impressive offensive season.

 

Please note: Due to the large volume of CP athletes playing competitive baseball at this moment in time (roughly 700+), plenty of impressive stat lines will unfortunately go unnoticed!  With this in mind, if you are aware of a performance worthy of note in our Weekend Roundup, we’d love for you to email us a heads up  (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com).  

Thanks in advance!

 

 

 

CP Weekend Roundup

 

 

Another weekend of filling up the stat sheet is in the books for the CP Family.  From the NE-10 Tournament, to the NL West, CP athletes have been swinging the bats well and piling up strikeouts on the mound.  Here’s a look at this past weekend’s noteworthy performances:

 

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AJ Pollock (DBacks) has put together a 6 game hitting streak, including multi-hit games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  AJ has raised his batting average to .286 for the season.  Stats

 

Corey Kluber (Indians) earned his 3rd win of the season, striking out 9 in a 6-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Corey has now piled up 57 strikeouts in just 51.2 innings pitched.  Box

 

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Steve Delabar (Blue Jays) struck out 7 batters over the course of 3 relief appearances this past weekend (4.1 innings pitched). Stats

 

Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned his 7th save of the season in a 3-1 Thursday night win over San Diego.  Earlier in the week, Steve managed to earn the win in relief in both Monday and Wednesday night’s games against the Mets. Stats

 

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Oliver Drake (Orioles AA) is thriving in his new role as a reliever/closer with the Bowie Baysox. Through 12 appearances, he holds a 1-0 record with 6 saves and a 1.98ERA.  Here’s a great article about his hot start in 2014.

 

The Bryant University Bulldogs had a great weekend, sweeping a 4-game series against Fairleigh Dickinson.  On the weekend, Carl Anderson hit 3 home runs.  In Saturday’s first game of a double-header, CP athletes (Anderson, Zarozny, McCarthy and Bingell) combined to drive in all 8 runs in a 8-3 victory.  Box

 

Tyler Beede and Adam Ravenelle (Vanderbilt) combined to throw 8 innings, allowing just a single run in a tough 1-0 loss to #11 Florida on ESPN-U this past Thursday.  Tyler struck out 6 and Adam struck out 2 in his 2 innings of relief.  Box

 

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James Alfonso (Hartford) was 2-for-3 with 2RBI in a 8-6 win against U-Mass Lowell on Saturday afternoon.  Box

 

Andrew Chin and Jeff Burke (Boston College) combined to throw 9 innings in a 5-3 win against Binghamton on Sunday afternoon.  Burke earned the win with 5 innings of scoreless relief.  Box

 

John Gorman (Boston College) had a solid start on Friday against Binghamton, tossing 5 scoreless innings.  Unfortunately for the Eagles, Billy Bereszniewicz and his Bearcats were too strong, winning the game 9-3.  Billy was 1-3 with a pair of walks and 3 runs scored.  Box

 

Alex Person (SNHU) earned his 3rd win of the season with 2.2 innings of solid relief against Stonehill in the NE-10 Conference Tournament Semi-Final.  SNHU won the game 6-5 and went on to win their conference title the following day.  Box

 

Austin DeCarr (Salisbury HS) struck out 19 in a complete game 1-hit shutout of the Taft School.  Austin’s performance was good enough to prompt a tweet from Peter Gammons.  Tweet

 

Please note: Due to the large volume of CP athletes playing competitive baseball at this moment in time (roughly 700+), plenty of impressive stat lines will unfortunately go unnoticed!  With this in mind, if you are aware of a performance worthy of note in our Weekend Roundup, we’d love for you to email us a heads up  (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com).  

Thanks in advance!

 

 

 

 

 

CP Client Spotlight – Jake Sprague

 

 

I recently wrote a guest post for Eric’s website discussing my mentality that the most interesting clients we have are the ones who qualify as our “general fitness” population. My contention was that the participants of our internship program would be missing the chance to get to know some truly amazing people if they didn’t ask questions and get to know the clients who don’t happen to have contracts with MLB organizations.

 

Jake Sprague just so happens to be the perfect example of a general fitness client with a past you wouldn’t ever be aware of if you didn’t ask.  As far as I know, Jake is the only CP client who has come to us as an amateur athlete, made the jump to professional status, and ultimately earned the opportunity to represent his country on an international level in such a brief period of time. To take this story a step further, I should note that Jake accomplished these feats after taking up the sport of rugby during his junior year of college.

 

Almost as soon as it all began, with professional contract opportunities beginning to present themselves all over the globe, Jake saw it all come to a screeching halt due to complications from a prior shoulder surgery.  Our staff here at CP stood alongside Jake throughout the highs and the lows of the past five years, and we’re proud to call him a friend and a client to this day.

 

Let’s take a closer look at how Jake got to where he is now, and how CP has played a role in the process.

 

   “In my entire life, there have been two factors which I’ve managed to string together with       any consistency: my 15-year relationship with my wife Haley, and my 5 years and 1,000+         training sessions at CP.”  

 

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   Pre-Rugby

 

Jake grew up in Norwell, MA, where he established a reputation for being a considerably better than average athlete early in life. He played competitive soccer for well over a decade and also proved himself to be one of the better high school wrestlers in the state. At Thayer Academy, Jake was a two-time state wrestling champion, earning the honor at both the 189lb and 215lb weight classes.

 

He eventually went on to attend Babson College with the intention of playing for their soccer team. It should come as little surprise that, at a body weight of 245lbs, Jake found himself straying away from the sport of soccer and embracing a game with a considerably more demanding physical component.

 

Friends at school talked Jake in to taking up rugby and he played in his first competitive contest during an event called the Beast of the East as a junior in college. It was during his very first game that he broke the orbital bone in his face. Surprisingly (or not at all if you know him personally) he walked away from the experience addicted to the game, having felt as if he’d found his calling.

 

 

   An Introduction to the Competitive World of Rugby (and CP)

 

It took less than a single season with the Babson club team for Jake to separate himself from the level of quality found at the recreational level. He was soon invited to join the Boston-based Mystic River Rugby Club, a team competing in the top division of amateur men’s rugby. Due to the violent nature of the game, Jake suffered a 2009 shoulder injury requiring surgery. Following his procedure, he was introduced to CP by then employee, Brian St. Pierre.

 

Jake had a tough recovery from his shoulder reconstruction after developing a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in his lung) as a complication of the surgery. He spent six months on blood thinners and transitioned from a month of home-care/bed-rest, to being a full-time CP client focusing on the recovery of strength and his conditioning levels. As his strength improved, his performance on the field did as well.

 

After just six months of training with us, Jake was offered an opportunity to join the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) of the Super League. In order to keep up with the training demands of competing at this level, he made the decision to leave his full-time job in pursuit of a career as a professional athlete.

 

   “CP took me from being a really good rec-league player to having the unique collection of        strength, speed and skill required to play with the big boys. It was a big jump, but this            place gave me the tools. I was entertaining professional offers from international clubs          just six months after starting training.”

 

While in the midst of his first competitive season with NYAC, Jake was extended an invitation to attend a United States National Team camp. In his first camp, Jake earned a starting spot in a position called loosehead prop. His hard work paid off, resulting in an opportunity to play in two World Cup Qualifiers for the United States in 2011. For the remainder of that season, Jake balanced national team duties, NYAC duties, and training here at CP.

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   The End of a Brief Professional Career

 

One-week before the Superleague national semi-final with NYAC, Jake was feeling run down in all aspects of his training. During a regular strength training session here at CP, Eric called him out on his effort and Jake explained his recent feeling of lethargy. Rather than take the “rub some dirt on it” approach, Eric sent him to the hospital to be evaluated.

 

A series of medical tests revealed that Jake was once again dealing with the same type of clots he’d previously encountered. He was informed that he’d need to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life. Being on the thinners, Jake had to give up the dream of playing internationally because of the violent nature of the sport. Just a single hard hit could be enough to cause potentially life threatening internal bleeding. It was time to put his playing days behind him.

 

 

   Strength Training is What Remains

 

Jake was forced to quickly return to the “real world” following his most recent set back. As one might imagine, the decision to discard his dream of playing rugby at the highest international level so suddenly proved to be an emotionally draining one. Since he was unable to entirely eliminate the need to push himself physically, Jake embraced his strength training regimen as if he were still a professional athlete.

 

   “I honestly can’t bring myself to train anywhere else. CP has an x-factor that I can’t quite         put my finger on. The combination of the personalities, the personalized training                    materials, and the energy in the gym is something that I’ll never find in another facility.”

 

Just three years removed from his playing days, Jake is still every bit the regular he’s always been here at CP. He spends an additional three commuting hours in the car three days a week to ensure that he never misses a lift. While he’s not training to play, he continues to be one of the strongest guys to set foot in our facility.

 

Just as he did with rugby, Jake is now throwing himself into a different type of work. He works 90+ hours each week at what are essentially two full-time jobs. At the Gifford School in Weston, MA, Jake works with students with behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Jake is the VP/General Manager of his family roofing business, G.F. Sprague Inc.

 

Jake and his wife Haley are expecting their first child this coming fall. Despite extensive debates with Pete regarding what he’ll be able to fit into his schedule, Jake is convinced that he’ll find the time to keep his training at CP in the mix once his family expands by one…

 

   “I have very few free hours in my week, and this is the place that I choose to use them.           Here’s to hoping I figure out a way to continue doing so.”

 

 

Please shoot us an email (CresseyPerformance@gmail.com) if you’d like to receive additional information regarding CP’s services!