STAFF:


  • Craig Pippin
    "Ultimate" Pitching/Throwing
    (Overall Instruction, Overhand Throwing Specialist including Re-Hab & Pre-Hab )

    Craig Pippin is a St. Petersburg Florida native, with over 35 years of college and professional baseball experience, including four years as a pitchers/infielder at the University of Florida and a lengthy professional career with the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians. Four additional years of winter baseball in Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, in addition to founding several national youth baseball instructional programs giving Craig a strong foundation of knowledge. Since 1992 Craig has advised several sports technology firms in the development of programs that apply data to improve performance and prevent injuries and in 1999 he began working closely with the American Sports Medicine Institute.  Craig has continued his quest to teach the importance of over-hand throwing & pitching efficiency to players at all levels. Craig's decades of experience and research of motion efficiency and data driven injury programming has gained him world wide recognition. Caig is now an important asset for Orthopedic Surgeons  and Physical Therapists reguarding Re-Hab & Pre-Hab protocols for athletes. Years of studying movement on video and instructing thousands of bullpens with players from the age of 8 to major league pitchers is what gives Craig a unique, unmatched teaching perspective. Craig is particularly proud of his involvement in the placement of over 250 pitchers into professional baseball and college as student athletes.

    TESTED & PROVEN: For the past 21 years Craig has collected various baseball centric strength & flexibility measurements in order to establish safe motion principles relative to overhand throwing. Testing from tens of thousands of baseball players & multi-sport athletes has resulted in the accumulation of over 50,000 units of data. Providing a valuable foundation in the research of efficient overhand motion. Using these baselines we can now identify specific tendencies for each cometative level. Removing the guess work we are now able to train and develop athletes within an individualized program.

    "The Pippin Fitness Evaulation (PFE) has been designed to identify baseball specific strengths and weaknesses to reduce the risk of injury while optimizing each player's opportunity to perform at a higher level. Through the years I have seen inefficient 12U throwing motions result in "little league elbow" and when not addressed develop into teenage UCL surgery. It saddens me to see a player competing in pain or wearing an elbow brace when simple formative-years awareness and attention to detail relative to an efficient motion could have avoided a serious over-hand throwing arm injury"

    It is time to spply physics & simple principles of efficiency to reduce the risk of injuries for overhand motion athletes and increase their enjoyment thru a higher level of velocity & command effortlessly.

  • James Pascoe
    Year-Round Overall Instructor
    (Overall Instruction-Pitching, Throwing, Fielding & Hitting)

    James Pascoe joins the PE Baseball Staff following years of sports and military experience. James played in the Vienna Little League and the Vienna Mustangs program before attending McLean High School earning 9 varsity letters as a shooting guard on the basketball team, the schools quarterback, and an outfielder/LHP on the McLean baseball team. He went on to play college baseball at Frederick CC as a 2 way player. His baseball season ended with a shoulder injury at which time James joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He competed om the U.S.M.C. Football team at Camp Pendleton, CA before being deployed to Afghanistan serving in the artillery division until May 2012 where he completed his service as a Marine Corporal (E4). As a civilian James is now completing his certifications as a personal trainer. We are very proud to have James on our baseball staff as an overall instructor, teaching players the importance of athleticism to increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. We appreciate his service to our county and commitment to give back to the community where he grew up.

  • Ben Garner
    Overall Instruction & Baseball Mobility Specialist
    (Pitching, Hitting & A.M.P.)

    Ben Garner joins Pitchers Edge Staff following his studies to obtain his Masters in Teaching.  Ben began his baseball journey in West Springfield Little League, winning the first 11 year-old state championship in Virginia. Moving onto high school Ben became a 4-year letterman as a member of Paul VI Catholic High School baseball team. Excelling for the Panthers Ben received Pitcher and Rookie of the Year Awards, as well as 1st Team All-Conference in the WCAC. Ben continued his playing career signing with James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Pitching for the Dukes, Ben battled his way through multiple season ending injuries. Driven to finish his collegiate baseball experience on a positive note Ben worked relentlessly during the summer entering his senior season. Arriving on the JMU campus in the fall of 2016, Ben was healthy, ready to compete, and unanimously chosen as a team captain. His performance as a closer resulted in him recording the 3rd highest save total in a single season in school history. Post season honors currently include Colonial Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week Awards and 1st Team All-Academic for the CAC.  Ben graduated from James Madison with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Coaching and prior to completing his Master degree he signed as a free agent with the LA Angels.  Ben’s understanding of the work & dedication required to comeback from baseball injuries combined with a sincere commitment to positively impact others makes Ben a much-welcomed addition to our professional baseball staff.     

     

     

     

  • Jake Marshall
    Catching Staff
    (Overall Instruction (Specializing in Technique for Catchers))

    Jake Marshall is an Arlington, Virginia native who played in the Arlington Babe Ruth programs as a multi-position player. As an 8th grader Jake made the Yorktown baseball team as a newly transformed catcher & lettered 3 times in baseball splitting time between right field & catcher. Jake was voted Captain of his high school team & received the Sportsmanship and Excellence Award for his diligent work with Yorktown baseball underclassmen. Upon graduating from Yorktown Jake attend Potomac State College in Keyser. West Vieginia. During his sophomore season for the Catamounts Jake hit .313 and was among team leaders throwing out 43% of runners caught stealing. In the fall of 2016 Jake will be attending West Virginia University to pursue his college degree with a goal to play for The Mountaineers. Since 2012 Jake has cuaght 100's of hours of workouts as a bullpen catcher and camp instructor for Pitchers Edge. His dedication to hard work and willingness to help others matches his personal commitment to becoming the best player he can be. We are pleased to have Jake on our staff where his experience as a switch-hitting catcher and position player will help the kids he trains to achieve their goals.

  • Eric Thomas
    Seasonal Pitching Instructor
    (Pitching/Throwing)

    Pitchers Edge welcomes Eric Thomas to our 2017 Winter Training Staff. Eric is from Dallastown PA where he was a standout high school left-handed pitcher & first baseman earning league MVP Honors as a senior. He was then awarded a  baseball scholarship to Division I Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. pitching for the Broncs. Eric contributed out of the pen as a reliever and in his senior year was named the 'Reliever of The Year' in the Metro Atlantic Athletic conference and a semi-finalist for the USA's 'National Stopper of The Year Award'. While at Rider Eric successfully balanced his responsibilities as a scholar athlete, majoring in both Marketing and International Business while achieving MAAC All-Academic Team honors all four years, graduating Cum Laude in the class of 2015. Eric began his professional baseball career in 2016 signing a contract to play for the York Revolution of the prestigious Independent Atlantic League. Later in the summer he signed as a free agent with The Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League, and pitched as a teammate with Quinn Pippin. This past year Eric played for the San Rafael Pacifics of the Pacific Association in California. We are fortunate to have Eric with us as he pursues his professional baseball career while drawing from his own personal experience to excel at a game he loves.

  • Quinn Pippin
    Seasonal instructor
    (Overall Instruction-Pitching, Throwing, Hitting, Fielding)

    Quinn Pippin is the newest member of the Pitchers Edge Staff. As a McLean High School Honors graduate, Quinn has a unique perspective of baseball as a player in 4 different countries-The United States, Cuba, Australia and Italy. Quinn has expertise in each area of the game having played every infield position as well as having pitched in his amateur and professional career. His collegiate journey began as a student at Tulane University, playing 3rd base for the Green Wave. He then played summer baseball in Alaska winning a Championship with the Matsu Miners. Following his junior year he transferred to the University of Tampa where he won a National Championship in 2013, graduating in 2014 with a double Major in Marine Science and Biology. During the summer months at UT Quinn played for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in the NY Collegiate League & The Ripken College League where he was among leaders in HR's & RBI. Quinn has hit a combined 360 average over his past 2 professional seasons in Italy and Australia as well as hitting 17 home runs during that time. We are pleased to have Quinn as a member of our winter staff. We know his commitment to personal excellence will make a positive impact with each player he has the opportunity to train. We wish him well as he prepares for his professional baseball career in the spring.