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    Technology Highlights Changes to 2015-16 Coopers Season

    08/11/2015, 12:45pm CDT
    By Megan Morrison

    Tech Highlights Changes in 2015-16

    St. Louis, MO — August 11, 2015 — New baseball-specific technology dominates pre-season talk about the 2015-16 Town Coopers Baseball season, as the program's managers try and incorporate numerous advances into its baseball training regimen.

    ‚Äč"As we grow as a program, we want to introduce the most advanced tools we can to our players so that they, in turn, can advance themselves," says Scott Holtmann, 17U Manager.

    mThrow by Motus Global and Zepp highlight the list of technologies coming into play this season. mThrow is a sensor that fits into a pitcher's sleeves so that anytime he throws — game, practice, bullpen — he obtains an objective analysis of his activity. The device captures everything from arm velocity to arm angle, and more accurately records "pitch count", instead of a coach merely telling pitchers that "they're good."

    Zepp, meanwhile, caters towards hitters and does pretty much the same thing for them as mThrow does for pitchers. It records the number of swings a batter takes, its barrel speed, swing plane, and hitters can even record the type of batted ball hit (e.g., line drive) to better track development.

    "Both of these tools will provide objective metrics for the Town Coopers player. No question that the incorporation of these devices will better enable our coaches to guide the development of our players," says Jared Richardson, new TCB associate.

    The addition of these sensor-driven innovations couples with the entrance of the angled-knob bat into the TCB work mode. Pro XR, developed by St. Louis native Grady Phelan, already came into the program's feed at this past June 2015 Perfect Game tournament in Atlanta, Ga. Town Coopers' directors believe that it was Pro XR that really spurred the program to look at how much innovation it could bring to the table in its program.

    "I think what Town Coopers Baseball is doing, to enhance the summer travel baseball experience through technology and innovation, is really going to be a difference maker," says Grady Phelan. "I'm a fan. And I'm glad they're a fan of Pro XR."

    More information on mThrow, Zepp, and Pro XR can be found at mthrow.com,  zepp.com, and proxr.com respectively.