NOBLESVILLE – With his chair position perpendicular to the pitchers in front of him, the major leaguer looks right a home.
“They’re you go, that’s perfect,” said Drew Storen as one of the players at the Power Alley Baseball Academy delivered a pitch with solid technique on Saturday afternoon.
“Nice job dude,” is how he critiqued another pitch a few seconds later.
Praise would continue from the Nationals pitcher along with a few tips interspersed here-and-there. All the while it looks as if Storen has been in that coaching position for longer than he has.
“It’s kinda fun to be on the other side and help the kids out,” said Storen-who is not much older than some of those he is coaching.
While he is 26-years old, Storen graduated from Brownsburg High School in 2007. Six years later, he was at the Hamilton County Sports Complex as one of the main instructors at the Big League Holiday Pitching Camp run by Power Alley this pre-Christmas weekend.
Storen was joined by former Brownsburg teammate and current Cardinals starter Lance Lynn along with Mets pitcher Cory Wade, who played for Broad Ripple High School. Phillies hurler B.J. Rosenberg rounded out the quartet of big leaguers at the camp, each of whom was taking on a role that’s a little different from they are used to.
“It’s nice to finally be in a situation where I can kind of give back and do things like this,” said Wade of taking on the teaching role for the Saturday and Sunday clinic.
Wade is actually the oldest of the group at 30 years old with Rosenberg second at 28. Lynn and Storen are 26-years old and are just starting to get into the teaching aspect of baseball after establishing themselves in Major League Baseball over the past few seasons.
“As life goes on, you learn to do new things, so it’s fun to teach kids and try to help them,” said Lynn-who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2008 and has been in the majors with them since 2011. “A lot of these kids have the ability and hope they get the right training and have the chance to go to college and do some good things.”
So the focus of the clinic is more on simple fundamentals to make that happen. Each player scrutinized the delivery of each pitcher from the positioning of their feet to the angle of their arm in a pair of two-a-day, two-hour sessions that were focused heavily on doing things the right way.
“There are so many different aspects to the mechanics of pitching, but if there is something they can take away from it each day, I think that’s the main goal,” said Storen. “It’s been exciting.”
Even though the idea of being a teacher is a little unique to Lynn, it’s not something that’s completely foreign to the pitcher even if the ages separating him and some of the participants in the clinic isn’t that sizable.
“It’s actually pretty easy,” said Lynn. “I guess if you know what you’re talking about, it’s easy to get the point across. I have younger brothers and sisters, so talking to the younger kids is something that comes through easy.”
That’s why Storen and the others looked comfortable teaching the game they’re so used to playing on the highest level.