Devin Alexander Increases AVG Velocity 3.9 MPH in Six Weeks

As a former collegiate outfielder, Devin Alexander took the road less traveled for a professional pitcher. Acclimating himself to a more energy-efficient pitching motion made room for that extra bit of leverage he lacked when first appearing in the USPBL. An increase in velocity as well as a higher DVS scored ensued.

Alexander played first base at Diablo Valley Junior College and became a primary outfielder after transferring to Sonoma State University. However, he did appear in 22 games as a pitcher for Sonoma State. His velocity was around 84 mph and topped out at 86 mph. At this point in his career, his velocity was unknowingly limited to his mechanics. 

“DVS helped me learn how to be a pitcher because I was primarily a position player in college,” Alexander commented on the transition to the USPBL. “Doing all the DVS workouts have showed me how to optimize my body and how to actually get the most out of my body instead of hucking the ball.” With a near sidearm pitching slot entering the league, Alexander found more success in an over the top arm slot while delaying his upper body and this allowed his lower half to gain good leverage and optimal timing. 

Kick starting has been an immense change for him as it enables Alexander to take some of the stress off his arm due to the nature of overthrowing.  DVS’ focus on ankle drive and optimizing the energy in the lower half has helped him avoid stressing his arm, and this can attribute to his persistence as a pitcher. His ongoing climb in velocity has now peaked at 91 mph, an imposing difference of seven mph increase since entering the league. 

 Devin Alexander's velocity chart. As his DVS Score improved, his average velocity and max velocity also improved.

Devin Alexander's velocity chart. As his DVS Score improved, his average velocity and max velocity also improved.

While the gratification of a program is always nice to see working, the long haul is what matters most for pitchers. The intent here is to make these pitchers reach their full potential and elevate the tools they have now and to ultimately develop those tools over time. Alexander trusts his future to hurdle wear on his arm and to find success in utilization of his entire body. “DVS definitely will help prolong my arm health because their system takes some of the stress off the arm itself, helping me to throw harder for a longer period of time.” 

This is just one of many success stories seen in the USPBL this season, and players like Devin Alexander reveal their potential to those around him. An increase in velocity has been just one of the results of the DVS program for him, but a more fulfilling result is that this is just the beginning of his professional playing career. A lot can be said of a quick learner, but the evidence is here and something must be said for the development of a player.

-Tyler