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Clayton VanderLaan
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  • Houston, TX
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If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Ground ball/power pitcher
I currently:
Play Baseball
Baseball Playing Experience:
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Baseball Umpiring Experience
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Who is your favorite hitter and why?
I hate hitters.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Derek Lowe becuase of the nasty sinker
Additional Playing/Coaching Info (If applicable, include detailed info here such as - HS, College, Pro Leagues, Summer Leagues, Arm Speed, 60 Time, Catcher Pop Time, etc.):
I'm a junior currently playing at Cameron University after transfering from Michigan State University. I sit 88-90 and will touch 90+. Will be playing for the Geneva Red Wings in the New York Collegiate League.
More About Me:
I am someone who truly eats, breaths, and dreams about baseball on a 24 hour a day basis. My hope is that an organization will take a chance on me, I will make sure that I take advantage of every second I am under contract and can garuntee that NOBODY will out work me.

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At 7:06pm on February 22, 2011, Matt Stark said…




Give us  a call and we can discuss your situation


At 12:09pm on February 22, 2011, Coach Bill Ayres said…


If you could send me some video, I will break you down and send you a detailed ( very easy to understand) analysis report on your flaws and how to fix them.

But, lets say you don't have video. I would suggest you work hard at throwing 4 seam fastballs, 2 seam fastballs , 4 seam box change-up and 2 seam box change-ups. Aim at 4 spots: high and inside , low and inside, high and outside, low and outside.

If you are throwing with your BODY and NOT your arm! All 4 of the above mentioned pitches will have good movement. Everybody wants velocity. You mentioned  you throw 88-91. That is perfect speed as long as the ball is moving. I like to see our 4 seam fastball @ around 91 and the 4 seam box @ around 73.Be patient , this won't happen over night.  None of this will work with an arm thrower. I hope you throw with your body not your arm. The problem most pitchers has is the amount of useless drills they do. I don't teach drills I teach kids to PITCH!

If you get a chance give me a call or send me an e-mail. I am a pitching instuctor NOT a pitching Coach. Most coaches think they can instruct. I have met very few who can. I hope this helps you out. From your pictures it looks to me like you just need some fine tuning, many times we can do that on the phone or through e-mail.

Look forward to hearing from you

Coach Bill Ayres

Indiana State Director for Amateur Baseball Report


At 1:47pm on February 21, 2011, Michael said…

Clay you seem to have good numbers 90 FB from what you say.  I would suggest you first concentrate on getting your season stats looking great.  It seems like you have not had a chance to play, but hopefully this season you will.  So,when you do take advantage of your starts.  I know stats are not everything but it will be considered.  You will need to throw over 90+ if you have a 10+ era.

In the mean time do what your doing and be proactive in your pro ball pursuit.  Find out who your local scouts are and call them up, a good chance they will not come out unless you throw over 90.  If not ask them who their bird dog or associate scout is for your area.  You will have a better chance of having him look at you and get your name out.

At 1:27pm on February 21, 2011, Mark Cahill said…

Hi Clayton, do you a video of yourself pitching?  If you do, I will make a recommendation on your behalf if it warrants one.  Get back to me if you have a video.



Mark Cahill

At 11:14am on February 21, 2011, Mike Pisaniello said…

Clayton - if you want to fill out a GSB Player Card and get into my database email me and I'll send it to you.


At 8:06pm on February 16, 2011, Bill Stanton said…
Clayton-  Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making

new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!


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