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Pitching & Catching Programs

At D1 Bullpen, we offer training for young pitchers and catchers in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area.

Our programs are designed to help promising young baseball players achieve their goals of being successful varsity pitchers and catchers at both the high school and college level.   Through continuous drill work and professional instruction, the program enables players to gain velocity and learn techniques to improve their performance and avoid injury.

Meet the Coaches

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EJ Moyer

PITCHING COACH AT D1 BULLPENS

Read EJ's Bio & Achievements

EJ Moyer is the pitching instructor at D1 Bullpens.  He has been the pitching instructor for the baseball program at Malvern Prep for the last 24 years.  Throughout his career, he’s helped to develop major league draft picks, and even watched a former pitcher make his major league debut.  EJ is committed to helping young pitchers develop their skills throughout their baseball careers.

Highlights & Achievements

  • Developed 6 major league draft picks

  • Developed 26 division one college pitchers and numerous DII and DIII pitchers.

  • Watched a former pitcher make his major league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • 10 pitchers named MVP of the league

  • 13 league titles and 6 private school state championships.

  • Created the D1 Bullpens training program 6 years ago

  • After introducing D1 Bullpens, watched Malvern’s pitchers improve ERA and WHIP as the number of division one pitching prospects and major league draft picks continue to rise.

  • In 2018 team ERA was 1.57, team WHIP was 1.01 and a ratio of 281 strikeouts to only 68 walks will be difficult to improve upon.

Chris Cowell

CATCHING COACH AT D1 BULLPENS

Read Chris' Bio & Achievements

A product of Malvern Prep, Chris was a four-year starting catcher at the University of Richmond before being selected in the 2012 draft by the Colorado Rockies. Over the past five years Chris has trained and developed some of the top catching prospects in southeastern Pennsylvania including multiple division 1 players.

“Using customized programs based on an initial evaluation of each player, it is my goal to maximize the potential of every catcher I work with.”

Highlights & Achievements

  • 34th round pick Colorado Rockies 2012

  • First Team ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region 2012

  • First Team All Conference Atlantic-10 Catcher 2012

  • Second Team VaSID All-State 2012

  • 2nd Team All Conference Atlantic-10 Baseball 2011

  • Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team 2011

  • 2nd Team All Conference Atlantic-10 2010

  • 45 Career Home runs Rank 4th All Time in Richmond baseball history

  • 20 Home runs in 2012 ranked 2nd in the nation for Division 1 Baseball

  • Led Atlantic 10 in Slugging, Home Runs, and Total Bases in 2012

Training for Pitchers

The purpose of D1 Bullpens is to develop promising young pitchers by improving arm strength, increasing arm whip, and to improve mechanics with core velocity drills. It is my belief that by creating improvement in these three areas, young pitchers will increase velocity, improve the ability to locate their pitches in the strike zone, and increase the distance of their long toss.  Through constant repetition, pitchers will develop a strong sense of how their bodies feel when they are working more efficiently to throw a baseball.  This practice reduces the risk of incurring significant arm injuries.

How the Program Works

Pitchers will work out with the D1 Bullpens training program twice a week for 1.5 hours every other day. All three programs mentioned below are essentials of the program for each workout. However, during the summer program season, each pitcher needs to be aware of their workload with their summer programs. Long toss and full length bullpens can be adjusted to touch pens, (flat ground 46 ft pens) grips tossing (changeup or two and four seam grip throwing) or pickoff throwing. Improvement in the areas mentioned in my purpose are the focal point. However, maintaining health and still being able to compete in summer pitching activities at full strength is most important.

  • Long Toss
  • Mechanical Drills with and without Core Velocity Belts
  • Pens and Touch pens

Training for Catchers

Pop Time

Let’s be honest, this is the key to furthering any catcher’s career whether it is at the high school, college, or professional levels. Through a combination of drill work, video analysis, and arm strengthening programs it is my belief that my clients can expect to significantly lower their current pop times.

Receiving

As catchers enter the upper levels of baseball, it is crucial to be able to receive high velocity pitching. Major League Baseball has seen a drastic increase in velocity within the past five years that has had a trickle down effect on the amateur levels. Through the use ATEC pitching machines (have the ability to produce 100+mph fastballs) along with a variety of receiving drills I have developed through both my playing and coaching experience, my catchers can expect to feel relaxed and comfortable regardless of the velocity they will see throughout their catching careers.

Blocking

Now the real fun starts! For any player looking to be a complete defensive catcher, blocking must be a staple of their work behind the plate. An effective blocker not only saves runs for his team but makes his pitchers better knowing they can throw their breaking pitches in the dirt with confidence. Using both mechanical and reactionary blocking drills, catchers will develop effective posture and technique to maximize their blocking ability.

Summer Session Schedule

Sessions will be held at the Newtown Edgemont Little League facility on Bishop Hollow road in Newtown Square. Each session will meet twice a week for an hour and a half for five weeks. Each five week session will cost $400.00. This five week program format has a full week built in to accommodate a week of vacation or travel baseball commitments. However, pitchers and catchers are welcome to attend all five weeks if they have no other commitments. Sessions are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. There will be 8-10 pitchers and 2 catchers per group.

Session 1

(8:30am-10am)

  • June 17, 19
  • June 24, 26
  • Off 4th of July week
  • July 8, 10
  • July 15, 17
  • July 22, 24

Session 2

(10:30am-12pm)

  • June 17, 19
  • June 24, 26
  • Off 4th of July week
  • July 8, 10
  • July 15, 17
  • July 22, 24

Session 3

(8:30am-10am)

  • June 18, 20
  • June 25, 27
  • Off 4th of July week
  • July 9, 11
  • July 16, 18
  • July 23, 25

Session 4

(10:30am-12pm)

  • June 18, 20
  • June 25, 27
  • Off 4th of July week
  • July 9, 11
  • July 16, 18
  • July 23, 25

Testimonials

Read what parents and students are saying about D1 Bullpens

“My son Josh has been working with EJ Moyer for a few years now. EJ’s attention to detail of the proper pitching mechanics as well as his ability to coach and explain everything so the young adolescent brain can understand it is second to none. EJ has been able to get Josh’s mechanics in sync and has transformed him from an average high school pitcher into a division one prospect. EJ has established a personal connection not only with my son but with all of his baseball students. EJ’s disciplined, yet encouraging approach teaches the importance of proper warm ups, throwing mechanics, nutrition, and mental focus. He preaches good habits for longevity to make the most of each pitcher’s potential, while helping to prevent injury. EJ believes in the abilities of all his players and never gives up on anyone. His commitment and interest in each individual player has ensured my son is in a much better position to succeed not just on the baseball field but in life. Working with EJ has greatly improved my son’s pitching and deepened his appreciation for what it takes to play baseball at the next level. It is rare to find a coach with this combination of attributes.”

– Marty P

Coaches of D1 Bullpens; Chris Cowell (Left) and EJ Moyer (Right)

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