Bobby O’Neill is currently functioning as a Pitching Instructor and Performance Fitness Trainer. He has spent the last 18 years pursuing baseball. From little league to minor league, Bobby brings a range of life lessons learned on the road to the pros. After graduating from Serrano HS (’07), Bobby received an Academic/Leadership Scholarship from the Gates Millennium Foundation to attend Biola University. After 4 years ofacademics and athletics at the collegiate level, he was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 43rd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft.
After being released by the Miami Marlins out of spring training in 2012, Bobby was reacquired by the San Rafael Pacifics where his contract was bought out by the Arizona Diamondbacks. After undergoing minor shoulder issues in the 2012 off-season, he pitched for the Rio Grande Valley Whitewings in Texas.
In addition to his athletic achievements, Bobby has been a proud member of the PFA pro workout group for the past 5 years. His experience as a PFA athlete has instilled a compassion for up and coming athletes, the inspiration to implement “up to date” mechanics and techniques to their workout routine, and a desire to equip them for whatever lies ahead.
As a Pitching Instructor, Bobby uses his experience and knowledge as a professional athlete, as well as the knowledge of Dave Coggin, to mold minds and bodies of his pitchers. He is great with kids, and works with all ages of aspiring big league pitchers.
I enjoy bringing life and passion back into the game of Baseball. I use the platform I am given to enhance the culture of the sport and to guide those around me towards the goal of becoming better men/women as well as better baseball families. I also love watching my athletes, parents, and coaches grow both as individuals and as a team over the course of working with them.
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All new students will go through my thorough evaluation process where I have a chance to see what the athlete’s daily throwing habits are on flat ground. After observing where in the development process the athlete is at I break down their delivery and show them what they can do to use their body and arm more efficiently. I then recommend specific drills for them to do on a daily basis to assist in eliminating wasted movements that may be leading to or have caused health problems. All of our lessons are structured around being more attentive to detail during daily reps on flat ground which lays the foundation to our time on the mound as a pitcher
I have been around Baseball my entire life. I played Baseball for 4 years in high school, 8 years in travel ball, 4 years in college, and 4 years professionally. I have also been the assistant pitching instructor at Performance Fitness for Athletes (PFA) for the past 5 years.
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My boss Dave Coggin took me under his wing after my first year of professional Baseball. He taught me what to look for in a thrower’s delivery and how to teach athletes in a way that will leave a lasting impression.
My Current lessons range from little league to professional. During the evaluation process I decide whether or not I feel the athlete will benefit from my instruction.
One of my athletes just committed to a Division 1 Baseball program. When he first came to me he was on the verge of ending his Baseball career due to injury. He is now healthier than ever, has a 3.8 GPA, and is on track to being one of the first members of his family to attend a university!
Monitor pitch count limits. If your instructor is not concerned with the number of pitches you throw on the mound with him, or if he does not ask you what your “work load” is like during the week than he most likely either doesn’t know what he is talking about or he doesn’t care about you and just wants your money. Also watch out for pitching instructors teaching curveballs, sliders, and cutters to 8, 9, and 10 year olds.
These are a couple questions an athlete/parent should ask one another before talking to an instructor:
Does the athlete love Baseball?
Is the money being invested towards private instruction going to be something that the athlete takes seriously?
Is the athlete going to be working diligently on his wn to improve his skill set throughout the week when he is not with his instructor?
Is the athlete hurt
Are the parents going to be able to commit to bringing the athlete every week?
These are a few questions an athlete should ask their new instructor:
What is your Playing/Coaching experience?
How often should I be throwing?
What is a good Pre/Post throwing routine?
What is the “pocket”? (follow me on IG @bobbyoneill37 if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Lol)
When should I be taking a break from throwing? And what should I be doing during that rest period to improve as a baseball player?
What are recommended pitch count limits/days rest?
Do you have any doctor or physical therapists to recommend me to? (If your arm is hurting)
What does it take to get to the next level?
Do you recommend any reading material to assist in my development?