Chris Reed, a left handed pitcher out of Stanford is the most recent first round MLB draft pick that P3 has helped develop. Today, he agreed to terms with the Dodgers making it official that he will fore go his senior season and begin his professional career.
Chris’ commitment, work ethic, professional approach, and overall efficiency have been off the charts since he first came to P3 in the summer of 2009 for testing, training and to get an individualized program designed. While away at summer ball, he accumulated perhaps the largest gains we’ve seen over a two month period of self directed training. Following that and the subsequent gains, he committed to stay in Southern California for the full summer, driving over an hour both ways, three to five times a week. He has improved by a significant margin in every way physically. His lower body power is larger than 75-80% of professional baseball players that we have tested.
Chris also has a huge work capacity, excellent stability in his scapular-shoulder complex, and improving mobility in his shoulders. Despite these gains, P3 sports scientists are quite certain that Chris is far from done. Even with his impressive size and power, they expect he will get at least 20% more power, more drive, in his lower half. Also, despite his success this year, he is also still figuring out how to use these recent physical improvements on the mound.
We have a number of athletes that train at P3 that have had, or are having, long and successful careers in sport despite not always being the most talented guy on the team. None-the-less, they kept finding ways to get better and keep moving along by working harder and smarter than everyone, as well as having a tremendous amount of self belief and an ability to overcome adversity. This is especially true in MLB. Chris is definitely one of these guys, but as most scouts and managers can attest, he also has tremendous physical tools.
Here is a clip of Chris training at P3 just prior to signing with the Dodgers.