Study Proves Body Weight is Pitching Velocity Factor

Body Weight is Pitching Velocity* Checkout 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 1 covering this article at the end of page.

You want to start increasing pitching velocity then start gaining weight. Yes, a study proves a high correlation between body weight and pitching velocity. The study states that larger athletes on average throw harder than smaller athletes. The case study also states that these larger athletes can generate more forces which can enhance pitching velocity.

This information shouldn’t be shocking to anyone but those conventional pitching coaches who still coach the game the way it was played back when hot dogs were considered a good source of protein. Yes, that was back win Babe Ruth was on the Yankees roster and not on the wall behind center field. These are those coaches who talk about the importance of long distances running and throwing a lot, to building “Arm Strength.”

The problem here is these old school coaches support their beliefs on training the pitcher using their memories of yesterday’s athletes and how they played the game. This latest research in this case study is using modern day athletes and not athletes from The Babe’s era. This means these larger athletes, in the group of 54 collegiate baseball players who were tested, are larger because they strength train, not because they eat a lot of hot dogs. This is why the case study makes the correlation of body mass to strength by stating that these larger athletes are stronger and proven in the case study to be harder throwers.

Body Weight Increases Pitching Velocity

The case study was called, Relationships between ball velocity and throwing mechanics in collegiate baseball pitchers. The case study was performed at the Texas Metroplex Institute for Sports Performance, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, USA by Werner SL, Suri M, Guido JA Jr, Meister K, Jones DG. Here are the results from the study proving the link between body weight and pitching velocity.

Ball velocity was most affected by the pitcher’s body weight……
Ball velocity would be increased by: (1) larger body mass…..

Average body mass for the 54 baseball pitchers was 83+- 9 kg. Pitchers with larger body mass tended to throw the ball faster than those who weighed less. This is not surprising, as, on average, a larger athlete would be expected to create larger forces and a larger body mass may be indicative of more strength.

Read the a summary of the case study here:
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Following this case study I decided to do some of my own research to see if I could find my own evidence suggesting body weight is linked to pitching velocity. Here is what I found.

The chart below is a list of the average size of the Major League Baseball player from the 1960’s until 2010. You can see an obvious increase in body weight of at least 20 lbs, that is a significant increase. So, the question now is has performance increased with this weight increase, specifically pitching velocity? Most people who have been watching the game for the past 20 years would say yes and if we look at the chart below listing the top 20 hardest recorded pitching velocities ever in Major League Baseball you see 17 out of 20 from the previous 20 years and 14 out of 20 from the 2000’s alone. The average body weight of the pitchers listed on this pitching velocity chart is 216.1 lbs which is not a small man either. I believe it is completely accurate to say, based on the case study above and the evidence listed in these charts, that body weight is a good determinate of pitching velocity.

MLB Averages
Year Height Weight BMI
1960 72.6 186.0 24.8
1965 72.8 185.5 24.6
1970 72.8 185.6 24.6
1975 72.9 185.0 24.5
1980 73.1 186.1 24.5
1985 73.3 187.1 24.5
1990 73.4 188.0 24.6
1995 73.4 190.4 24.9
2000 73.5 195.9 25.5
2005 73.5 203.4 26.5
2010 73.7 208.9 27.0


Speed(mph) Pitcher Year Ht/Wt
108.1 FFE Nolan Ryan 1974 6-2/195
107.6 FFE Bob Feller 1946 6-0/185
105.1 Aroldis Chapman 2010 6-4/200
104.8 Joel Zumaya 2006 6-3/210
103.4(u3) Neftali Feliz 2010 6-3/215
103.2(u3) Henry Rodriguez 2010 6-1/215
103 *Spring Training Mark Wohlers 1995 6-4/207
102.8(u3) Kelvin Herrera 2012 5-10/190
102.6 Jonathan Broxton 2009 6-4/295
102.5(u3) Bobby Parnell 2010 (and 2011) 6-4/200
102.5 FFE Steve Dalkowski 1958 5-11/175
102.2 Brian Wilson 2009 6-1/195
102.0(u3) Andrew Cashner 2012 6-6/200
102 Bobby Jenks 2005 6-3/275
102 Randy Johnson 2004 6-10/225
102 Brad Lidge 2006 6-5/215
102 Matt Lindstrom 2007 6-3/220
102 Justin Verlander 2007 6-5/225
102 Armando Benitez 2002 6-4/260
102 Robb Nen 1997 6-5/220


How to Increase Body Weight to Increase Pitching Velocity

Increasing body weight like increasing pitching velocity is a serious challenge. The most effective way to increase body weight is with diet and training. Here is a list of 30 tips to help get you started:

  1. Double or Triple Your Caloric Intake
  2. Eat Nutrient Rich Foods
  3. Add a Protein Supplement 1-2x Per Day
  4. Use Bigger Plates and Silverware To Help You Consume More
  5. Eat Raw Foods, Probiotics and Fiber to Help Digestion
  6. Increase Your Frequency of Lifting
  7. Try Adding More Reps With Higher Weight
  8. Try Lifting Twice a Day
  9. Perform Mostly Leg Lifts
  10. No Long Distance Running or Low Intensity Training
  11. Use Different Exercises Throughout the Week
  12. If You Are Old Enough Drink an Aperitif to Stimulate Appetite
  13. Read Food Magazines
  14. Hang Out With Big Eaters
  15. Hang Out With Big Lifters
  16. Eat a Ton Post Workout
  17. Eat Less Pre Workout
  18. Challenge Yourself in Weight Room (Don’t be Stupid Though)
  19. Activate More Motor Units When Lifting to Fatigue
  20. Focus Mainly on Big Muscle Groups
  21. Sleep 10-12 Hours
  22. Sleep in a Dark, Quit, Cool Room
  23. Go To High Quality All You Can Eat Buffets
  24. Snack on Raw Foods
  25. Visualize Yourself Getting Bigger
  26. Set a Goal to Gain So Much Weight in So Much Time
  27. Buy Bigger Cloths
  28. Eat Fast
  29. Train Fast (Less Breaks)
  30. Eat Food High in Cholesterol at Night

Remember to become a Beast you must eat and train like one. You eat like a squirrel and train like a squirrel you with look like a squirrel.

The 3X Pitching Velocity Program [Level 2] was developed to help add body mass and strength to the pitcher. The training days are longer and the intensity and reps are higher. It along with the other levels to the 3X Pitching Velocity Program trains the pitcher how to convert this added strength and body mass into pitching velocity. It isn’t enough to just get bigger, stronger and faster when it comes to increasing pitching velocity. You must learn what it takes to convert this bigger athlete into a harder thrower. The 3X Pitching Velocity Program has just about perfected this conversion.

If you have purchased the 3X Extreme Pitching Velocity Program and would like to learn about an all natural online source that is very affordable when ordering all of these weight gaining and muscle mass support supplements, please contact me. I will give you my recommendations and a diet plan to help you get started.

3X Pitching Podcast Episode 1

The first episode of the 3X Pitching Podcast covers this article. Check it out by selecting the link below!

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12 Comments. Leave new

  • so when you say lift twice a day do you mean same muscle group?

  • I don’t think anyone is suggesting that body weight alone is what a pitcher should be focusing on. But, all things being equal, bigger pitchers will throw harder than smaller pitchers.

  • So fat cc sabathia body and jonathan broxton are good examples? Do i have to have a lot of body fat %?

    • No just don’t worry about body weight. Focus on explosive power.

    • i believe everyone is getting the wrong idea here. The concept of more weight is in addition to strength and explosive power. Everyone’s frame and muscle make up is different. some need more weight while others need to work on explosive training. Nonetheless both weight, strength, and speed (especially speed) are critical to baseball, actually to all sports.

      its hard to explain, but adding weight to an already explosive athlete generates much needed inertia to help maintain direction and to help push threw the pitching and hitting barrier. Having said that, adding weight to proper areas must be addressed. 30 pounds around the gut is not the answer. The players like CC Sabathia and Prince Fielder do so well (despite their overweight) is because their deep core and legs are incredibly strong, because its constantly lugging around 30 pounds, and their legs are absolutely huge.

      The trick here is to gain the weight while maintaining the speed and agility.

  • Travis Kibel
    May 16, 2014 3:59 pm

    I disagree whole heartedly with the idea that gaining weight improves velocity. I can’t tell you how many big 230-240 pound kids I have seen get on a mound only to be owned from a velocity stand point by kid’s weighing 150-180 pounds. Nolan Ryan weighed 150 pounds when he signed his first professional contract. The list of lean guy’s is many, and I am sure they were not used in the study.

  • Jacob Gividen
    February 6, 2014 9:10 am

    Please send me a copy of the entire case study that you are referring to in this article

  • disqus_p56TUK3ucv
    December 19, 2012 8:19 pm

    So are you saying that gaining weight would be an effective substitution to increasing p/w ratio? Also it’s mentioned that we should “Train Fast (Less Breaks)”. I know the rest intervals for the anaerobic conditioning (because they’re in the ACE P.H.) but what are the rest intervals for the lifts. Sometimes I feel like I don’t wait long enough between exercises.

    Quinn McHugh

    • Definitely not a substitute. This just promotes the Bigger, Stronger, Faster approach to enhance performance even when it comes to pitching velocity. The rest intervals should be around 30 secs to 1 min.


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