Staff


Craig Pippin

Master Baseball Instructor
The 'Ultimate' in Overall Instruction; Overhand Pitching/Throwing Specialist, including arm injury Re-Hab & Pre-Hab. Developer of the PIPSystems© Pitching & Throwing Programs

Craig Pippin is a St. Petersburg Florida native, with over 35 years of college and professional baseball experience, including four years as a pitcher/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 .....

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...... 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. Craig is now an important asset for Orthopedic Surgeons  and Physical Therapists regarding 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 500,000 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 competative level. Removing the guess work we are now able to train and develop athletes within an individualized program.

"The PipSystems Baseball Evaulation (PBE) 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 apply physics & simple data driven 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.

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Quinn Pippin

Overall Baseball Instruction for Ages 8 to 68-Specializing in PIPSystems© Pitching & Throwing, Hitting, Fielding, and Baseball Specific Strength Training
Quinn Pippin    grew up in a baseball training environment. At the age of 14 Quinn was instructing 12U players on all aspects of the game.  He continued to gain more teaching experience traveling internationally throughout his professional baseball career.  We recognize his personal commitment to deliver positive results with the players of all ages, from 8 to 68. Quinn's baseball journey started at the age of 5 and continued, playing locally & graduating from McLean High School as an All-Conference Infielder and a National Honor Society member. Continuing his playing career, Quinn attended the prestigious IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he then .....

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.... committed to Tulane University in New Orleans as a 3rd baseman. He then transferred to the University of Tampa contributing to the team's 2013 NCAA National Baseball Championship & graduating in 2014 with honors & a double major in marine science and biology. His collegiate summer baseball career included a Championship with the Matsu Miners in Alaska, followed by The Cooperstown Hawkeyes in NY and the Vienna River Dogs of the Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League as the league's all-star 1st baseman. He then continued his professional baseball career competing as a 1st & 3rd baseman in 4 different countries including the United States, Cuba, Australia and Italy.  Quinn  hit a combined .360  average during his 2 professional seasons in Italy & Australia, hitting 17  homeruns and 75 RBI.   In 2016 Quinn began his off season training to become a professional pitcher and in the spring of 2017 he pitched with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. Quinn later signed a contract with the San Rafael Pacifics in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in California and in 2018 won The Pacific League Championship. Having pitched well over 100 professional innings and logging over 250 professional AB's gives Quinn extensive knowledge of the game from both the batter's box and from the mound. With 20+ years of playing and teaching experience makes Quinn the pillar of our professional training staff, providing players of all ages the ability to maximize their baseball skill, building confidence and reduce their risk of injury. The addition of his 2018 Strength and Flexibility Video Catalogue plus his 2019 TRX  Baseball  Specific Certification is groundbreaking in delivering superior baseball training.

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Matty Sylvia

Specializing in Catcher Skill Training including Hitting, Fielding, and PIPSystems© Pitching & Throwing
 
Matty Sylvia grew up in New England moving to Vienna with his Family in 2016. As a 2017 senior catcher Matty attended nationally ranked powerhouse Madison High School contributing to their Liberty Conference Championship. Matty first came to Pitchers Edge with a shoulder injury in the winter of his senior season to correct his throwing motion. Working directly with Craig Pippin he made adjustments to his motion to become the ....

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....Warhawks weekday batting practice pitcher while continuing his role as starting varsity catcher. In the summer of 2017 he played for Vienna Post 180 where he had a team leading .463 batting average. Graduating from Madison Matty attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland catching for the Blazers in the fall of 2017.  Pitchers Edge welcomes Matty's passion for the game of baseball while recognizing his love for The Boston Red Sox. 

     Matty has caught professional, collegiate and pro level pitchers extensively with Craig Pippin.  Taking his skills to the next level, he has worked with Craig Pippin on mastering his ability to deliver results for Pitchers and All Position Players. Matty works effectively with players of all positions including Pitching, Hitting, Fielding & Catching. His patient teaching method coupled with his knowledge & love of the game have helped him develop a loyal following of families who benefit from his quality instruction. Take advantage of the opportunity to develop your skills under the guidance of Matty and his commitment to make a positive difference.

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Nick Twomey

Specializing in Hitting and Fielding

Nick Twomey grew up in Northern Virginia playing in the Annandale North Springfield Little League Baseball program. He attended Annandale High School where he lettered in Golf and Baseball.  As a Varsity baseball player Nick played Shortstop/2B and pitched for the Atoms where he was named to the All District, All Region & Honorable Mention All-Metropolitan Honors. In 2005 as a high school sophomore Nick began training with Craig Pippin and the Pitchers Edge Staff as a RHP and middle infielder.  During his high school off seasons and weekends Nick was involved with the Annandale Instructional ....

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.... Junior camps/teams and was an assistant coach on several youth summer teams. After graduating from high school Nick attended Longwood University as a recruited walk-on to play baseball fro the Lancers. During his college freshman season Nick suffered an injury which limited his AB’s and playing time as catcher and at 2nd base. Looking for a better fit and more playing time Nick transferred to Laredo Community College a NJCAA D1 school in Texas where he played SS, 2nd and 3rd base for the Palomino’s.  After leaving Laredo C.C.  Nick  transferred to The University of South Carolina to pursue his degree majoring in History with a minor in Sport and Entertainment Management.

Nick is exceptionally patient and respectful when communicating with parents, coaches and players. His love of the game is reflected by his commitment to help players of all ages build confidence and toughen their mental approach while keeping it light and fun. Nick’s goal is to develop players both physically & mentally with an understanding motion & how to generate explosive power to maximize their potential.

The Pitchers Edge Family is particularly selective with their professional staff, we are happy to introduce Nick as a trusted member of our P.E. Instructional Team. Nick’s long time understanding of  P.E.’s Training values and our commitment to excellence makes Nick a great fit to positively impact players of all ages. 

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Mitch Clarke

          Mitch Clarke  grew up in Northern Virginia playing in the Fairfax Little League program. He attended W.T. Woodson High School lettering in baseball and basketball.  Mitch played 2B, shortstop, and catcher for the Cavaliers earning all-district and all-region honors while hitting .467 and setting the single-season hits record his senior year. He was also a member of the 2017 state championship basketball team.   Throughout high school, Mitch caught professional and collegiate pitchers...........

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.......at Pitchers Edge and started working with Craig Pippin in 2016 to adjust his throwing motion and prepare for walk-on tryouts at Virginia Tech. In his freshman year at Virginia Tech, he walked on the team in the fall but left in the spring to focus on earning his degree in economics with a minor in political science. Mitch continues to stay involved with the Northern Virginia baseball community playing in the industrial baseball league the past 6 years.
Mitch’s athleticism, experience and versatility as a baseball player make him a valuable addition to Pitchers Edge Professional Baseball Staff. Enjoy the positive results Mitch is committed to delivering.

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