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Congratulations to the UCLA Bruins who are headed to the College World Series!  Jaeger Sports student Trevor Bauer pitched "six solid innings" for UCLA on Saturday in a dramatic win against Fullerton.

UCLA baseball players celebrate after they beat Fullerton to reach the College World Series.
photo:AP Photo/Jason Redmond

Also on Saturday, Barry Zito earned the win for the Giants against his longtime team the Oakland A's. Barry has now beaten all 30 teams in in the majors.

Dan Haren went 2-3 at the plate and struck out 9 Cardinals in 8 innings to earn his 7th win of the season.  St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said that “[Haren] made us look foolish a lot. He’s got nasty stuff.”

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya has "blazed back" this season and his "new lease on life" is the subject of an excellent profile by the Detroit News.  Joel is currently 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 32Ks in 32 innings for the Tigers.

In the minors, Padres prospect James Darnell is recovering from a hand contusion. He's been on rehab in single-A Fort Wayne where he went 2-4 on Sunday.  James is expected to rejoin AA San Antonio this week.

Brewers prospect Evan Anundsen should make his first start of the season this week for the Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees (their real slogan: "Fear the sea cow!").

Jason Hirsh "hurled a gem" last week for the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees (NYY's AAA).

June 14, 2010 - 11:23 AM

Minor League Update

Here's a look at how several Jaeger Sports students are doing in the Minor Leagues so far this season...

Jason Hirsh photo: Jessica Kovalcin/

Jason Hirsh (Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Yankees' AAA) took a no hitter into the 7th inning on Wednesday night to earn the win against the Louisville Bats (Reds' AAA).

Brewers prospect Mark Rogers has "experienced no problems since jumping levels to AA Huntsville" according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Brewer Farm Report.

Scott Beerer, a former All-American pitcher at Texas A&M who appeared in 89 games mostly as a reliever, has reinvented himself as a hitting Rockies' OF prospect. His 2009 numbers: .385/.443/.594 has a great article on his transition from the mound to the outfield. Click the picture to read it.

James Darnell, the Padres' top prospect according to, had another homer last week to help his team the San Antonio Missions (AA) beat the Midland RockHounds (A's AA).

Jeff Kobernus has five multi-hit games so far this season for the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals' A).  And Jeff, Washington's 2nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has yet to commit an error at second base.

Congratulations to Michael Montgomery, who was recently promoted to the Royals' AA affiliate the North Arkansas Naturals.  Unfortunately, his first start in AA was rained out in the second inning, with his team leading 2-0. Look for Michael to make his official AA debut this week. You can follow along online. All of their games are streamed live to

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May 1, 2010 - 12:26 PM

Spring Training Photos

Spring (Training) is in the air: Photo's from Alan's recent trip to Spring Training

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Alan with Nolan Ryan at the Rangers complex in Surprise, Arizona

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Alan, Michael Montgomery and Dave Montgomery

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 San Diego Padres James "Repulse the Monkey" Darnell  meditating at home plate

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Alan with San Diego Padres Anthony "Grimes" Bass

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Channel 4's (Padres) Jenny Cavnar interviewing James Darnell after Rockies game

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Turn about is fair play: Alan having fun interviewing Jenny

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James Darnell Sr., Amy Jackson and Alan

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Brian "Weesy" Wilson in deep contemplation (maybe about that 2 year extension?).  Congrats!

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Alan with White Sox' Mark Kotsay and Tim "Flan" Flannery at the rehearsal for the "Wood Jock" Benefit that featured Flan, Bernie Williams, Gordon Beckam, Bronson Arroyo and hosted by Barry Zito and Jake Peavy, who also performed.

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Up Close: Let's go golfing -- Alan with Padres Scout Scott Lonergan
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Sue with current Toronto Scout and former Cub's GM Ed Lynch

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Let the YadhtriB Ytrap (that's Birthday Party backward) begin!!!  March 19 at our "local" in Scottsdale, Frasher's Restaraunt (Thanks George)

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Dave Montgomery, Joe Zito, Barry Zito and Alan

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Alan, Cynthia Darnell, Sue, James Darnell Sr, Anthony Bass, Ryan Tacker, James Darnell, Chris Gruler

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Scott, Alan and Angels Scout and Baseball Legend Bill Pintard

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Group Shot! Brittney Pintard, Lily, Alan, Brok Butcher (Angels) and Susan Jaeger-Turner

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Graham Miller (Dodgers), Alan and David Iden (Dodgers)

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Former student Chris Gruler (Reds) , Alan and Sports Illustrated writer Jonah Keri

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Michael Montgomery (Royals), Alan, Anthony Bass (Padres) and James Darnell (Padres)

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James, Alan and Anthony

April 3, 2010 - 9:18 PM

Baseball Prospectus | Long Tossing

Baseball Prospectus has an interesting, in depth article on the issues about long toss by Gary Armida called "Long Tossing: Can It Be The Cure To Pitching Injuries?"  It includes an interview with Alan.
Jaeger is a proponent of having pitchers throw as far as they can. Many of his students throw from 360 feet. His program seems extreme to most major-league teams and coaches, as the common practice is having pitchers throw from 120 feet. Jaeger believes that 120 feet limits a pitcher’s ability to reach his potential.

"Over the past 15 years of working with baseball players, I can tell you that if you take the time and distance constraint restrictions off a player, quite simply, their arm will have a chance to grow and evolve naturally," Jaeger said. "Over time, this process allows the arm to maximize its strength, endurance, and recovery period; over time, players tend to be more athletic and intimate with their arms. And yes, even mechanics can be benefited through proper training when long tossing."

Jaeger represents one side of the long-toss paradigm, but he faces significant opposition in MLB. One front office executive, who asked not to be identified, sees many problems with throwing from the seemingly extreme distances.

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March 31, 2010 - 3:46 PM

Pro Camp 2010

The 2010 Off-Season Pro Camp just came to a conclusion.  Once again, we had an amazing group of new and returning players join our camp this year, including players from the states of Colorado (Jason Hirsh/Evan Anundsen), Kansas City (Justin Page), Texas (Ryan Tacker) and San Diego (James Darnell/Anthony Bass).  Returning players Chris Seddon, Michael Montgomery were joined by Ryan Platt, Graham Miller, David Iden and Pitching Coach Scott Lonergan.  See Photos below.

1 Studio Group Shot
Studio Group Shot
Back Row: Chris Seddon, Mike Montgomery, Jason Hirsh, Scott Longergan, Justin Page
Front Row: Ryan Platt, Alan Jaeger, Graham Miller, Jim Vatcher, Ryan Tacker

2 outdoor group shot
Baseball Field Group Shot
Special appearance by Stuuuuuuuuuu Jaeger (back row, far left)

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Ryan Platt (Brewers) in "Warrior 3"

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Chris Seddon (Mariners) and Alan in "Warrior 3"

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Scott Lonergan and Justin Page in "Up Dog"

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Michael Montgomery (Royals), Jason Hirsh (Yankees) and Alan in "Warrior 2"

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Ryan Tacker in "Reverse Right Angle"

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Chris Seddon in "Toe Stretch" (Sedasana)

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Anthony Bass (Padres) and James Darnell (Padres) doing Arm Circle

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and their J-Bands

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Speaking of J-Bands, Jason Hirsh and Evan Anundsen (Brewers) in action

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as are Ryan Platt, Michael Montgomery and Chris Seddon

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Jim "lengthening" Justin Page's side

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Graham Miller getting a pointer from Scott Lonergan

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Here comes the sun -- to the field we go -- Jim taking the boys through Arm Circles

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Chris Seddon and Mike Montgomery get started for their Long Toss Throwing Program at Birmingham HS

17 "Seddy" playing around
A lighter moment -- "Seddy" playing around

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Speaking of lighter moments -- Ryan Tacker chilling out

February 5, 2010 - 9:28 AM

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