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Xander Rojahn throws 96mph as a Sophomore! Began in the 4th Grade!
Class of 2019 Xander Rojahn Throws 96mph Turn and Burn.
We Grow Talent:
Xander Rojahn began training when he was only in 4th grade.
Throughout the years Xander's velocity slowly increased year after year.
As a sophomore in HS Xander now has topped out at 96mph at 14 years old.
Success Leaves Clues:
Xander is as consistent with training as anyone.
He particpates in our year round training and has done
so for several years now.
He has been on a training cycle that includes building velocity,
command, arm health, and even in-season works on a
in-season recovery program.
Congrats to Xander Rojahn on setting his personal high at 96mph.
We look forward to helping get the next 10.
Dakota Kotowski Reaches 103mph Ball Exit Velocity
Top Pro's from the Chinese Pro Baseball League in Taiwan Come To Chicago To Train With Fastball USA
Coach Ryan Presented With A Game Jersey
Read Below - What Happens With The Right Guidance and Self Motivation
Joey Hanley Inspiration. Goes from 68mph to 91mph while battling epilepsy.
Joey Hanley sets his personal record of 91mph
We Grow Talent:
When Joey Hanley began training at Fastball USA in the 8th grade he was throwing 66mph. In the fall of his senior year in high school Joey set his all time personal record of 91mph.
Success Leaves Clues:
It's important to note that this is NOT easy. Joey simply followed our formula for baseball development. When you have the right teachers, and the right envrionment, mixed with a kid with a tremendous attitude, and a burning desire to improve, then special things happen.
If your looking for easy....Fastball USA is not the place for you. Joey has been a year round student for the past 5 years following the concept of training periodization, mindset training, arm health, and doing velocity training as it makes sense. Joey has literally put thousands of hours into training.
Is this something your kid is willing to do? If not we have identified 80 academies in the chicago area who would be willing to take your money to give your kid a private lesson. We will continue to grow talent with others who are motivated to work just like Joey Hanley.
Our Newest 90mph Members
Ryan Loutos Class Of 2017
The 2 biggest lies in the baseball world
1. Speed Doesn't Matter
2. Speed Can't Be Developed.
Leaving you to believe either have "it" or you don't.
They believe you were either born with "it" or you were not.
Speed doesn't matter?
They were right ONLY if you have no interest in playing baseball at higher levels. If you have no interest in playing baseball at the highest levels than your on the wrong web site!
There are plenty of lesson providers who are doing generic lessons and that's where you need to go if you just want a lesson.For the 10%of you who do want to give your kid a shot at playing varsity, college, professional, or even Major League baseball, you are in the right place.
What most don't realize is genetics is simply a starting point. Developing a 90mph arm and bat has more to do with training environment, mindset, aggressiveness, and the intent of your practice. If you have a big enough why, we can help you figure out the how.
Fastball USA is for those who are willing to work hard,work smart, and who are truly passionate about improving. We are not for everyone. We realize 90% of the world just wants a short cut, a quick fix, and the easy way to success. That's not what we are about.
Why? Easy and success don't mix. It takes what it takes. The environment, the information, the training, combined with a self motivated athlete is the formula for success.
Our very own, Jack Ryan, selected to the USA National Team was awarded the top outfielder award at the 2015 World Cup. USA defeated Chinese Taipei for the gold medal.
Looking Pretty, throwing strikes and making contact Does Not Get Scholarships or Contracts. The players that advance will throw faster, hit harder, or run faster than everyone else.
The harsh reality is that the Radar Gun Will Cut Most Players from ever playing at the next level. It's the reality that many don't see until it's too late.
Tell that to those who believe speed doesn't matter.
My name is Mike Ryan, I am the owner & director of baseball development at Fastball USA and a Associate Scout with the Seattle Mariners. I can tell you that what most people are teaching does not add up to what college and pro scouts are looking for in a player. IN FACT, it's to a point where pro organizations are now getting many of the best players from outside of the United States.
Almost everyday I get a call from a parent of a high school player who now realizes unless his son's power numbers improve he will be passed up by most D1 Colleges and pro scouts. ALL OF SUDDEN SPEED MATTERS!!!
It's not just pitchers velocity. It's velocity of position players, ball exit speed of hitters, and the stop watch that every scout has with them at every game and showcase.
Here are some examples of our students who know speed is important
Ryan Hinchley Drafted By Chicago White Sox in the 9th Round
Ryan Hinchley Drafted By Chicago White Sox
Ryan Hinchley Offers Encouragement and guidance to Jack Ryan. Age intermixed training is one way that our system is unique. No other academy in the world provides an environment in which a college/pro player works side by side with a youth player.
From 78 to 90mph in one off season
Ryan working on his velocity training
During 1 Off-Season Ryan Hinchley went from 78mph to 90mph while in high school between his sophomore and junior season.
In his senior year in college he fastball climbed as high as 95mph and even 97mph.
Simeon Lucas Drafted By Cleveland Indians In the 7th Round
Simeon Lucas believed power was important which is what he learned from our Explosive Hitting and Black Belt Training Camps. Lucas was selected in the 7th round by the Cleveland Indians of the 2014 MLB draft out of high school largely due to his incredble power at the plate and arm strength.
Simeon Lucas Was Drafted in the 7th Round in the 2014 Draft By The Cleveland Indians
Mike Giovenco Drafted by The Kansas City Royals in 14th Round
Giovenco Fires a 95mph Fastball
Just wanted to let you know that we do nearly all the same arm care here as we did at fastball. We do numerous variations of all of the arm care on an everyday basis, and also we do ALOT of the flexibiltiy and pre workout warmups that we did at fastball. Fastball USA pretty much prepared me for pro ball, and currently I have over 100 innings on my arm this year, and I have to thank you for teaching me the importance of arm care. In the past, my arm would usually be in pain around this time of year, and I would be experiencing "dead arm". But currently my velocity is still sitting in the 90-93 range and topping around 95mph. Once again, I just wanted to thank you for everything, and please continue to stress the importance of arm care, flexibiltiy, and good old fashioned hard work to the rest of the guys. Thanks, Mike Giovenco
Ethan Routzahn - Dallas Baptist University
Ethan started with Fastball USA and Team Fastball at Age 13
Ethan Routzahn Throws 91mph off the mound improving 11mph in 3 years
Baseball Or Softball Our Training Applies
Anyssa Iliopoulos Headed To Rutgers University and named All-State High School Short Stop as Junior
Gains 13mph of throwing speed in 15 months and paves the way for other softball players to get the benefit of our Black Belt Training Throwing program and Explosive hitting. Congrats Anyssa on committing to Rutgers University!!!
Anyssa Iliopoulos Sets Her Personal Throwing Record High of 71mph jumping from 58mph to 71mph in 15 months
Mary Iliopoulos Throws 70mph
Headed To Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mary Iliopoulos improved her throwing velocity to 70mph.
Chris Iliopoulos 104mph Ball Exit Speed Set's A Personal and Fastball USA Record
Chris Iliopoulos Sets a Personal Record and A Fastball USA Academy Record Of 104mph
Congrats To Connor Rektorski and Jack Bellinger. Connor will be going to Western Illinois and Jack at Illinois State. Both began the Fastball USA program between the 7th and 8th grade.
Connor Rektorski (left) is heading to WIU and Jack Bellinger (right) to ISU.
Austin Rochwick gains 22mph of ball exit speed in 16 months
Austin Rochwick sets his personal record
Austin Foote - Indiana University
Went From throwing 72mph as a high school freshman to throwing 88mph as a senior.
Austin Foote, Team Fastball Alum
Congrats to Team Fastball Left Handed Pitcher, Austin Foote, on his recent committment to play baseball For Indiana.
Foote is the second Fastball student to commit to Indiana in the past 2 years. His fastball climbed from 71mph to 84mph on the mound in less than 3 years. Most recently Foote became a member of our 90mph throwing club. Congrats to Austin and we look forward to working towards continued future goals.
READ WHAT AUSTIN SAID ABOUT HIS
FASTBALL USA EXPERIENCE:
"Before coming to Fastball USA, I was a freshman throwing 72mph. As a kid I was taught to throw with good mechanics and never to just let it fly.
But when I came to Fastball it was completely the opposite.
Everything is focused on going as fast as you can,
even if It means being out of control at first.
I started training at the facility and I have
seen major improvements in my game.
Freshman year I wasn't even in the starting rotation
as a pitcher and when I did pitch I walked a lot of people.
But after I trained for just one offseason
I was the starting pitcher for our first conference game.
I had improved my velocity to 80 mph off the mound in just one offseason. Then over this summer I continued to train with Fastball USA and I improved my velocity to 86 mph off a turn and burn and 82-83 off the mound.
In about 2 years, I have gained 14 mph on my fastball because of the great training.
I would definitely recommend Fastball USA to anyone who wants to work hard and has goals of playing at the next level. It is a great way to specifically train for baseball and improve your game in the right way."
Power Improvement Guaranteed! No B.S!
Congrats To TJ Brown!!!!
TJ Brown - Dominican University
An incredible story of an athlete
who understands the value of hard
work and mindset.
From 56mph to 88mph
TJ Brown pitched South Elgin High School
into the State Finals.
The Dominican University Pitcher started at
Fastball USA in the 7th grade throwing 56mph.
While closing out the Super Sectional Game the Radar Gun Showed 88MPH his senior year.
Now TJ is pitching For Dominican University.
A tremendous job of hard work and a great attitude by TJ.
Anthony Santos - Blackhawk College
Began at Age 10 and reached 90mph by his senior season in high school.
Anthony Santos Signs With BlackHawk College
Ethan Bloom - Lewis University
Ethan Bloom signs with Lewis University.
Ethan is a member of our 100mph club. Ethan has reached ball exit speeds of 102mph. Bloom is one of the top hitters in the class of 2014 and will be attending Lewis University Next Fall.
Ethan Bloom Signs With Lewis University
Trevor Svetic - 100mph Club
Trevor Svetic signs with Roosevelt University.
Trevor has posted highs in 2013 of 101mph Ball Exit Speed and 97mph throwing speed. Trevor is a powerful hitter with a powerful arm. Roosevelt University picks up both a 90mph arm and bat. Congrats To Trevor!!!
" We have trained and played for 2 years now and the improvement At Fastball USA is "hands down" better than any other place." Scott Svetic (Trevors Dad)
Trevor Svetic signs with Roosevelt University
Ron Wolforth Of The Texas Baseball Ranch Says This About Fastball USA....
Ron Wolforth - Texas Baseball Ranch
I have known Mike Ryan and his family for
more than 10 years now and for 8 of those
years I have conducted two pitching clinics per
year in their facility.
Mike, Shelly, Steve, Paddy
and the entire Fastball family is a truly remarkable
team. They have taken Ranch concepts and applied
it in their own unique way.
They are not only caring, compassionate teachers
and innovators, more importantly, they are simply
wonderful, honest, sincere people. I consider
Fastball USA as an extension of me and our baseball
Ranch in Texas. I have a special place in my heart for
the Ryans and all the athletes that train at Fastball.
I truly look forward to my visits every year and to see
how Mike has applied my pitching concepts to his
passion which is hitting.
If you get the opportunity to train with Mike and Steve,
I could no more highly recommend it.
Ron Wolforth Texas Baseball Ranch
Joe Perricone Selected By The Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB Draft
Joe Perricone(Hersey High School) has been recently drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Perricone trained with Fastball during the winter of 2010 & 11 focusing on conditioning and explosiveness. Joe maxed out at 97mph turn and burn which is the third fastest in our Academy history. Joe is set to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University next year after receiving a scholarship for baseball. Congrats to Joe and continue the hard work.
Mitch Brown Drafted By Cleveland Indians
The 2011 and 2012 Wolforth Pitching Camp attendee was drafted in June 2012 with a 92mph fastball. Brown is considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in the Indians Organization. Congrats to Mitch and his selection and first year success with the Indians. Keep up the hard work, we are all rooting for you.
Austin Butler Signs With Weatherford College in Texas
Austin Butler Signs With Weatherford College in Texas
Joey Hanley - 9MPH Improvement in 12 Months! AND STILL IMPROVING!
The Joey Hanley Story
When I Started I was Weak and Slow ............
I began with Fastball USA the summer entering my 8th-grade year. I was weak, slow, my hitting was less than poor and my command and velocity was nothing to brag about. Then, within months of training and extremely hard work, I say major improvements in my velocity, stamina, speed, command, batting and over-all art of pitching.
I started with a fastball that was 64-67 mph, and now a year later into my freshman year I have a 73-76 mph fastball, 84 mph step behind and a bat exit-speed of 82.
Fastball USA knows how to train a baseball player to go from standard skill to being an extremely hard working, exceptional pitcher or hitter.
Mike Di Viesti Commits to Butler University
Mike Di Viesti Heading To Butler University
Congrats to Team Fastball Catcher, Mike Di Viesti for his recent committment to Butler University to play baseball with the Bulldogs.
Michael worked very hard over the past year to improve his throwing and hitting power along with his quickness. Michael improved his throwing speed from 74 to 87mph and reduced his pop time to 1.9.
His improvement in ball exit speed also have reached as high as 92mph. Congrats to Mike and continued hard work.
Look at What Mike's Dad Said About Fastball USA and Team Fastball !!!!
We can't say enough about how Team Fastball and Coach Ryan has helped our son not only improve his skills but also improve the way he approaches the game. What he has learned at Team Fastball helped him get recruited and earn a spot on Butler's baseball team starting in the 2013/2014 season.
The key difference between playing for Team Fastball versus other travel teams is that the coaches at Team Fastball work on the skills and attitude that makes one a better baseball player. It is not just about winning a game. We have received many positive comments about how Team Fastball prepares for and plays games from college recruiters who came to see the team play.
That made a big difference in the recruiting process. The only regret we have is not finding Team Fastball earlier. Our son did not join until the beginning of his Junior year.
If your son has dream of playing beyond High School, I strongly recommend Team Fastball.
Tony Di Viesti
Nick Senicka Signs With University Of Illinois Springfield
Nick Senicka Signs With University Of Illinois Springfield
Michael Woods Commits to Oakton College
Coach Ryan and Coach Steve Join Nick Zak and Michael Woods on Signing Day. Congrats To Both Nick and Mike For Signing With Oakton College.
Austin Foote Headed To Indiana University
Anthony Drago - 100MPH Club - Commits To University Of Illinois
Anthony Drago is headed to the University Of Illinois
Ball Exit Speed 77MPH As A Freshman...
... 102MPH As Senior!
Throwing Speed 74MPH AS A Freshman ...
... 90MPH As Senior!
Ranked as the # 1 Hitting Prospect
in The Chicago Area
Congrats to Anthony Drago on his recent committment to play baseball at the University Of Illinois beginning the fall of 2013.
Drago is also tied as our all time record holder with 102mph ball exit speed and holds are ball exit speed record with a wooden bat at 99mph.
Anthony has been training with Fastball since his freshman year. His ball exit speed has increased from 77 to 102mph. Anthony Was Ranked as the # 1 Hitter at the 2013 Super 60!
Top Ball Exit Speed By Any Player. Congrats Anthony!
Czeszewski Commits to Illinois State University
Jack Czeszewski at his signing day for Illinois State University poses here with Jack Ryan
A fixture at Fastball USA for the past 8 years has made a verbal commitment to play baseball for Illinois State University. Jack is currently a junior at Elk Grove High School. Due to Jack's success and improvements, Fastball in some ways could be considered "the house that Jack built". Many of Jacks friends and team members also followed shortly after Jack began training with us. That includes the UIC bound Carl Sugihara who also plays for Elk Grove High School.Congrats to Jack and keep up the hard work.
Mitch Baker Will Pitch For Judson University
The Mitch Baker Story.......
From Not Making The Varsity Team To Throwing 90MPH in 14 Months!!
Mitch Baker, a tall lanky kid with a dream. Plays Little League, Travel Ball and moves onto his High School freshman and sophomore teams. He has an above average fastball, smooth delivery and told lots of potential... then fails to make his varsity team his junior year. New coach, politics, lack of focus might have sunk him, but he took it upon himself to get better. He had to find his focus.
2010 Mitch goes in 100% to the teachings at Fastball. While missing Spring ball he attends FB 2-3 times a week.
Summertime he attends 2 large Midwest showcases posting the 1st and 3rd highest MPH times out of hundreds of 2011 prospects. Offers from colleges start to come in. Contacts through your organization start to develop. Coaches come out to Fastball to see Mitch work out.
2010 -2011 Mitch continues to work out posting 94 mph turn and burn and 86-88 off the mound. Senior Year he goes undefeated. 2011 Mitchell signs a Scholarship to a local school with strong baseball program. He hits 90 mph off the mound.
Mitch had a strong fall and is slated to play varsity ball his freshman season.
We are indebted to your program and look forward to seeing you during holiday breaks...to keep the focus.
The Baker Family
John Thomas Commits to the University Of Indianapolis
Thomas Reaches 100mph Ball Exit Speed
The John Thomas Story -
Throwing Speed and Ball Exit Speed Jumps In One Off-Season
"I chose Fastball USA because I was in need of something different that works. The old pitching and hitting mechanics are no where near the velocity and performance you can get with these guys.
My biggest frustration before fastball was not having the strongest arm. I used to not like playing long toss because my arm would hurt but now I have fun doing it without no pain and I can watch my ball just keep carrying like never before.
When I first started Fastball Training, my fastball averaged in the mid to high 70s and now I average in the low to mid 80s.
My exit speed before fastball was 80 and now its 90+!! These numbers have all been measured in this past year. Fastball USA is the way to go if you want to take your game to the next level!!"
Thanks coach Mike and all others!
Carl Sugihara Will Play For UIC Flames
Carl Sugihara will be playing for the UIC Flames. Sugihara has spent the past four years training with Fastball USA working hard to achieve his goals. Carl's throwing speed increased from 73mph to 91mph in a three year span. Carl is also an outstanding hitter. As a freshman his exit speed was 73-75mph. Today Carl is hitting the ball 88mph - 92mph with 90mph plus bat speed.
Congrats to Carl. Keep up the Hard Work!
Brian Wilhite - Indiana University
Brian Wilhite - Ball Exit Speed jumped from 72 to 92 in 2 years
Despite coming in with only 72mph ball exit speed as junior, Wilhite worked hard with Coach Ryan on power development. Ball Exit speed power jumped as high as 92mph by the summer after his senior year in high school. 20MPH in less than 2 years. Now he is playing for Indiana University.
Ryan Bull - University Of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame Player, Ryan Bull Jumped From 89mph to 95mph in one day working with Coach Ryan
University Of Notre Dame player Ryan Bull went from 89mph of ball exit speed and jumped to 95mph.
Pete Tountas Drafted By The New York Mets & Boston Red Sox
Pete Tountas worked with Coach Ryan througout his high school career and into college. Tountas played for Jefferson CC, and the University of Evansville. Tountas was selected twice in the MLB draft by the NY Mets and then by the Boston Red Sox.
Chris Iliopoulos Shows off his Explosive Power and Wins Home Run Derby At US Baseball Championships
Chris Iliopoulos (center) takes a photo with team members and coaches after winning the home run derby at the US Baseball Championships in Richmond,Va