For Dodgers fans that are unfamiliar with Driveline Baseball, where have you been? There were at least four guys on the pitching staff that spent time in the analytically driven pitching academy this offseason. Alex Wood was one of those pitchers that spent some time refining his mechanics with the popular coaching staff.
Wood took to Instagram, via Tik Tok, to post some of his workout videos. The first video is Wood’s first bullpen of the offseason after a short on-ramp period. The second video is the Dodgers pitcher throwing after the offseason in what he calls a ‘velocity’ phase.
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December 4th vs. January 24th. Video 1 is the first bullpen of my offseason after a 6 week on ramp. Video 2 is the end of the off season after 4 week velo phase. Regardless of what the eventual outcome will end up being its really rewarding being able to set goals and then visually be able to see the progress you’ve made over the course of a couple months. Main goals were to 1.) Be more fluid and athletic throughout delivery. 2.) Shorten arm swing through constraint drills to help connect upper and lower half. 3.) Fixing lead leg block/increasing lead leg angular velocity.
As you can tell, Wood is covered in sensors all over his body to track the movements and mechanics of his body. The Dodgers Joe Kelly, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Alex Wood are the five guys that were reported to spend some time at Driveline. It’s not clear what workouts or analytics that each player participated in though.
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Wood came back to the Dodgers on a one-year, $4 million deal over the offseason. While most figured Wood was destined for a bullpen role, Dave Roberts surprised everyone by naming him to the starting rotation in the middle of Spring Training.