19 Year Old Pitcher AJ Martucci Hits 90mph with 3X pitching

AJ Martucci Hits 90mph with 3X pitchingAJ Martucci has been a member of TopVelocity.net for over 2 years but not until recently did he take on the 3X Pitching Velocity Challenge and committed to the entire 16 week program. At 19 years old he reached his first pitching velocity goal of 90mph. He reached out to me for an interview because he wanted to share his story so he could help others working as hard as him to accomplish the same goal. It turned out to me a great interview from such a intelligent, driven and wise young pitcher. There is a lot to learn in his interview and I bet we will hear a lot more about this guy.

To contact AJ you can find him on the forums under the name cutfastball23. Here is a list of the forums that he has participated in (Cutfastball23 Forums). You can also email him at theitalian23(a)gmail.com. Here is the forum where he posted his video of him hitting 90mph (Hit 90 MPH).

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AJ Martucci Hits 90 mph Pitching Interview Transcript:

Brent

Alright this is Brent Pourciau TopVelocity.net we are going to do an interview here with AJ. AJ what is your last name?

AJ

Martucci

Brent

Martucci, and talking about your success you have had lately you have worked really hard and you have currently broken through the 90 mph range which is awesome and you are 19 am I right?

AJ

Yeah, 19 years old turned. 19 last month

Brent

Why don’t you tell everybody a little more about yourself? Where you are playing where you are from? Let’s just start with that start with where you are from your age your height.

AJ

I went to Carmel high school I graduated last June, currently at Concordia College in Bronxville New York. Right hand pitcher around 185 pounds and I am roughly 5’10.

Brent

You found Top Velocity a long time ago didn’t you?

AJ

Yeah about 2 years ago.

Brent

How long ago?

AJ

About two years ago I found it on Google.

Brent

Awesome man!  What were you looking for? What made you search for whatever you were searching for to find topvelocity?

AJ

Well I have always, ever sense I started pitching when I was 13, I always looked to throw faster that’s what always held me back, so I was online looking up different workouts and everything and TopVelocity came up and I read your story and everything and I was really interested in it. I decided to buy the program. I had already tried the 90mph club with Paul Reddick and that didn’t work for me and I just couldn’t find anything else and it looked legit. The site was put together really well. So I bought it and then I started the workouts and then I kind of shied away from them for a while because my season was going on and everything and I don’t know I couldn’t get into it as much and then in August when I knew I was going to school and I was still at 83-84mph I just really looked at it again and I went into it open mind and did exactly what the program said. I did the medicine ball throws, I did the power cleans and everything, still trying to get my form down and then on Sunday of this week or whatever I got to 90mph. I just wish I would have started the program as religiously as I did 2 years ago.

Brent

That is Awesome! Congratulations! I know a lot of people have kind of followed your progress online and it has been pretty cool to see your ups and down. I mean because a little bit online you know you expressed something maybe you have struggled at and of course you have expressed something that have really helped for you and I know you have kind of kicked the program around a little bit, I mean I know you haven’t done it full blown and mean how many months or weeks of the program you think you did?

AJ

From August to now probably I probably did the full 16.

Brent

Ok, good! What do you think what part of the program do you think was significant in helping you get where you are or get where you got?

AJ

The thing I like about it is that it is very logical to what we do on the mound, how we explode forward. I have seen others guys other pitchers like the way they train in the weight room I will see them, they will go on the treadmill for a half hour and then they will go on the bike and they do a lot of cardo and switch to like 20 rep body weight squats like just a lot of endurance training. I understand their reasoning that people say you need to be able to pitch a 9 inning game whatever, whatever but it’s more of a quick burst and then a rest then just a slow pace the whole time. So, I don’t understand if you play like that then why wouldn’t you train like that?

Brent

Right! Also did you feel like mechanically that it takes also a different approach as far as, you know, addressing the stride and then making the more then linear move. What do you think of that?

AJ

Yeah, because when you always say the triple extension the 3X your training that in like the power cleans and like if I do vertical jumps that is all 3X that is all triple extension. So when I go on the mound and I am pitching and if I get into triple extension then my body is more accustomed to it and it is more power than as if I didn’t train like that and I only did it on the mound then my body wouldn’t be as used to it.

Brent

Yeah, don’t you feel that those low velocity guys they try to get their arms going too early and then they cut off their strides and they specifically don’t really try to put as much speed into their front foot.

AJ

Yeah, I mostly see them come to a balance point and they stop like very like almost robotic. They come to a balance point put their leg down go forward tuck the glove like that is why they are not throwing hard because they are not putting any force into the ball. It is all, they are just thinking about mechanics. I mean that is great but you are not going to throw any faster.

Brent

What part of the program was significant after you went through the 16 weeks what part was significant in really helping you get to 90?

AJ

I think the cleans and the med ball throws because the cleans helped my, not only my vertical jump but just me exploding off the mound and then the throws, I feel helped my torque more. I felt a more whipping action when I threw the ball.

Brent

That is awesome! It is really cool because everyone who has had your success with it, who have gotten to 90, that is always what they say, the cleans and the med throws. What do you think those med throws are doing? How are they helping you?

AJ

I think it simulates the throwing without putting the stress on your arm so you can basically do them a lot more and it is the added resistance, instead of the 5 oz baseball it’s the whatever weight you are using 5lbs, 2lbs.

Brent

I highly recommend just 2lbs, I don’t like guys going over 2 because if you are not doing it right it may put more stress into your arms and ultimately the goal is to not putting any stress in the arm. That is really what they are really trying to make you do. If you are being able to add all of those extra reps without putting the stress in your rotator cuff then that’s the benefit of those drills. Then you can do those every day and just keep getting better at all these key high velocity components which we map out in the 3X pitching mechanics then you are not putting the wear and tear in your arm. So it allows you to put in all those reps without you completely destroying yourself.

AJ

Yeah, that is the part I like because like I have seen on your site before, how if you are such a power athlete and everyone is just focus on just training the shoulder when it is such a small muscle compared to your core and legs that it just does make sense to just train your shoulder.

Brent

Yeah, I mean a lot of those approaches out there, it is not that I say they are horrible, because you know I will mix in even weighted balls, I am doing that in level 3 now it is something that where you have been through the program you, understand good mechanics and then you can use those. Yeah you are right, you learned to use the bigger muscles group’s man that is where the power is.

AJ

Yeah, any explosive thing you do especially like jumping or anything. I mean it is one movement it is not like you have to run laps. That is such the opposite of what you want to do I don’t understand why people want to train like that.

Brent

Yeah and you have really become a strong guy. You have really been focused in the weight room. Tell them a little bit about how intense you are how often you train and how your diet works. Give everybody a little understanding of how hard you train.

AJ

I like to listen to my body mostly. If I want to lift a certain day and I am not really feeling it as far as with soreness. It depends sometimes I will push through but other times I do not want to hurt myself. I try to follow the four day program as much as I can but sometimes I will add in extra cleans just to get the extra reps in if I know I have practice that week or something and I just want to get extra reps in.

Brent

Cool, you are pretty strict with your diet as well aren’t you?

AJ

One of the kids on my team is big into body building, he wants to be a body builder, he has kind of taking me under his wing as far as the diet is and it has helped me out a lot. I have slimmed down a little bit but I noticed that mostly my recovery is a lot better. I basically eliminated dairy and deserts. I just try to have four to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Keep my protein intake pretty high, my carbohydrates intake pretty high and drink as much water as I can all day and stay hydrated.

Brent

That is awesome hearing you at a young age doing that because you are going to be so much ahead of the game. Most guys at your age they don’t feel a necessity there and the thing is you might not feel it now but I would also credit it to you getting to 90 at such a young age. It is supporting your strength and conditioning program because it is helping you recover quicker. When you get into college and professional baseball as well when your innings keep doubling and tripling your recovery becomes so critical. You might not feel it in high school but when you get into college it becomes more important then you get into pro ball then it is really important to your success, how well you can hydrate and refuel your system.

AJ

Yeah, definitely I definitely see that!

Brent

As far as the cleans, I know you are big into some of the strength lifts, squats, deadlifts, how are the cleans helping you as far as a pitcher.

AJ

I like the cleans as far as, I like the squats mostly but the squats are a slow movement even if you are doing a one rep max. The thing I like about the cleans is it is a stop to a go. It is just like that quick burst and that is exactly what you are doing on the mound especially out of the stretch, you are from the stop and you go as fast as you can to help simulate that.

Brent

Yep, it is the only lifts in the weight room that implement triple extension and implement pure power to where speed is as important as the strength of the movement and that is more specific to how we move as pitchers specifically high velocity pitchers. Ultimately, the strength lifts are all great. We do need a good strength base to build power but if you want a lift that is going to help you convert that strength to the mound you have to do an Olympic Lift because it is the only speed power focused lifts that implement triple extension.

AJ

Yes, I definitely see a difference. I am still getting their on the form and I still feel a difference even with my not so good form now.

Brent

Yeah, I would love to see you post some of your technique online just so I can do an analysis even of your clean stuff because touching 90 is awesome but it is now how can you consistently get over 90 is the next step for you and doing that those cleans will really help you. Getting good at your technique getting your power to weight ratio as close to 1.5 as you can then you are going to have even more explosive power on that mound. Just looking at your video of you hitting 90 you got really good lower half mechanics. I think you could with your upper body work on more elbow flexion at front foot strike meaning keep your arm more flexed in because it allows it to move into maximum external rotation quicker. That is proven that high velocity pitchers can go from more elbow flexion at front foot strike when it is cocked into maximum external rotation. That would benefit you, that would be a big adjustment for you but your lower half is pretty sharp. I could also see you get a lot quicker because you are really a strong guy, I can see it, and you build speed on top of that strength then that is when you really become a power pitcher. You are definitely in the radar of a low to mid 90’s guy. You just have to keep going down this road. I think you are doing everything right!

AJ

Yeah, it is going to be tough for me when the season starts, in like a month or so, to keep with the program but I am going to do the best that I can to at least maintain for as long as I can. I also know I need to clean up my mechanics.

Brent

You should look at the pre and in-season programs that I have. I have even more drills to take us into the seasons that you would like also the strength and conditioning programs are modified for the season. The pre-season about cuts the loads in half, you are only lifting two days a week and then in-season it is built around your rotation if you are relief or a starting pitcher so you can actually give you some ideas on how you can do it and support recovery and ultimate keep your velocity going through the season.

AJ

Oh wow, I didn’t know that!

Brent

Well good man! I appreciate you wanting to do this. I just have to congratulate you man. It has been cool to see your hard work. I have watched it on the forums. You have been very active on the forums and it has been cool watching you learn and find what works for you and really have the discipline to put it together. What advice would you give to someone, like a lot of guys on the site just getting into the programs who want to throw 90 but of course they need to do the work. What advice would you give to that kid who is trying to get where you are?

AJ

The advice I would give them is you know it just has to be a constant in your mind. You can do the workouts and everything and just go through the motions but if you really don’t believe that you can do it and believe that what you are doing is going to help you then I don’t think that you can get there. I just think that anything in life is like that and if you truly believe in the program and you are doing it for the purpose of throwing harder and getting to 90 mph and above then you will get there, if your mind and body come together.

Brent

Man, I think that is incredibly wise. I can’t believe you are 19 and saying that because I wish some of my 22 year olds could understand that. You nail it that really is the key it is called commitment. Most guys come into these programs, the majority of them, they don’t believe, they don’t commit to the work. They don’t basically tell themselves that of course I believe in this program enough that I am going to put my blood sweat and tears into it and it is going to work it is going to get me to my goals. You are right once you can do that it is a game changer.

Brent

Any last words?

AJ

I was just going to say, I mean like, it just has to be if you want to commit yourself to throwing faster like that it has to be in your mind all day. Everything you are doing you should be thinking about it. I just notice that especially just the past few weeks when I knew I was close to it the first thing. When I woke up in the morning I was thinking about it. When I was eating I was thinking about it. When I was in class I was thinking about it. I envisioned myself doing it so many times that when I did it; it really wasn’t as big of a deal as I thought it would be because I had already done it in my mind a hundred times.

Brent

It is kind of the story of Jim Morris. Did you listen to his story in the interview that I did with him?

AJ

I don’t think so.

Brent

Yeah, you should listen to it. I will send you an email but it is on the site. I did an interview with him it is a 45 minute interview and you know the movie the Rookie. Did you see that movie?

AJ

Yeah, I like that movie.

Brent

In the interview with him he tells us what he does he tells us how hard he trains. He was lifting heavy. He was running stadiums, doing jump rope. He was doing all this stuff plus he was doing it with his team and pushing them. He talked about the commitment, you know believing it. Not quitting until you reach the goal.

I always say the 3X Pitching Velocity Program is just the map to the treasure, it is not the treasure. You have to actually go find the treasure. Sometimes it is nice to have the map but it is not everything. A lot of guys they just think that all they need is the map. They don’t understand that they actually have to go out there, fight the elements and risk their lives to get the treasure. Ultimately, that is what it takes and if you can’t do that then you will never reach your goals.

AJ

Absolutely

Brent

So what are your goals now from here on out?

AJ

As far as baseball in general I am starting my school season in March, we are going down to Florida and I am just trying to help the team win. My velocity goals, I need to clean up my mechanics and still need to clean up a lot of stuff as far as the lifting. I would like to be at 95 next January.

Brent

That would be awesome! I even like your mentality. I know everyone is saying that too. You hit 90 and you want to go farther and that is key. I got guys even my first one to do it was Mitchell and he is at LSU and we got him to 95 and he is content. It kind of frustrates me because he is happy at sitting at low to mid 90’s and he is 6’6. If I was him I would be trying to throw upper 90’s.

That is great to hear that because a lot of guys get there and they think that is it, well that is it, that is all I wanted to do. Why not keep going why not… There is a big difference when going into the draft at low 90’s as opposed to mid 90’s. It is a big difference. There is a lot more money. It is great to hear you say that because I don’t think you should ever quit. Ultimately, we should want to throw 105mph right if we could, why not.

AJ

Yeah, I would love to. That would be the ultimate.

Brent

Also at the same time you are also making sure that you are taking care of your body and you are not overdoing it. You are not pushing it to hard and breaking yourself down and ruining yourself.

AJ

Absolutely

Brent

Well good! AJ I appreciate you doing this and like I say anyone out there you can find AJ on the forums he posts a lot on the forums. You username is like cutfastball, I think.

AJ

Custfastball23

Brent

If not, actually I will post this up online and would you mind if I put your… What would you feel more comfortable with your phone number or your email online so people can reach out to you?

AJ

You can leave my email.

Brent

Alright I will do that and anyone can reach out to you and pick your brain and learn from you. Cool man let’s do another interview when you hit 95, right?

AJ

Absolutely, hear from you soon.

Brent

Alright man lets end the interview and hang on the line for a minute.

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