Freshman - Senior
18 Week Training Program + Arm Care & Velocity Program
This is a program that Mitch developed over the last 14 years which has helped produce multiple MLB draftees, Division 1 College Players, NAIA, Division 2, Division 3, and Junior College players. Historically, players make the most gains during our off-season training programs (Nov. - March). The 18 Week Off-season Training program consists of two phases: the practice/training phase and the Game (live pitching and live at bats) phase. The Practice/Training phase will start mid-November and end late January. It will include instructional practices for pitching, fielding, and hitting. The Game phase will start in early February and will consist of a pitcher and catcher versus the other team's hitter. Players may choose to attend 1,2, or 3 days a week. The Game Ready Arm Care & Velocity Program is also included. This program places an emphasis on arm care by focusing on functional shoulder health and strength training. It is designed for the player who wants to keep his arm healthy as he seeks to increase arm strength and gain throwing velocity.
515FieldHouse (Grimes) & Game Ready Training Center Nov. 13th - Dec. 22nd. Starting in January, time slots will change to accommodate the live pitching and hitting phase of the program.
Weekly Schedule November - December:
Option 1: Sunday 3:00 - 4:30 Nov. 6th - Dec. 18th (@ Game Ready Training Center)
Option 2 Sunday 5:00 - 6:30 Nov. 6th - Dec. 18th (@ 515 Field House)
Option 2: Tuesday 5:30 - 7:00 Nov. 8th - Dec. 20th (@ 515 Field House)
Option 3: Thursday 5:30 - 7:00 November 10th - December 22nd (@ 515 Field House)
Weekly Schedule Jan - March:
Option 1: Sunday 1:30 - 2:45 Jan. - March (@ Game Ready Training Center)
Option 2: Sunday 2:45 - 4:00 Jan - March (@ Game Ready Training Center)
Option 3: Tuesday 6:30 - 7:45 Jan. - March (@ 515 Field House)
Option 4: Thursday 4:15 - 5:30 Jan. - March (@ 515 Field House)
18 week training program x 1 day/week Nov. - March......... $174/month x 5 months
18 week training program x 2 day/week Nov. - March......... $300/month x 5 months
18 week training program x 3 day/week Nov. - March..........$430/month x 5 months
Off-Season Training Goals:
The off-season is an excellent time to teach fundamentals and to work on developing and improving skills. There are four primary off-season training goals:
Increase a player’s confidence in his ability.
Help players develop skills necessary to be successful at their level and to prepare for the next season.
Develop consistency in a player’s swing, pitching mechanics, work ethic, etc.
To have fun and develop a “love for the game”.
Meet the Instructors:
Mitch Wylie: Played a total of 11 years of professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Saint Paul Saints organizations, along with seventeen years of providing instruction, and one season of professional coaching.
Jeff Lanning: Four years of professional baseball playing experience with the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, and New Jersey Jackals organizations. Jeff played Division I baseball, and has been a baseball hitting/catching instructor for the past 7 years.
Tanner Buenting: Graduated from Ankeny High School in 2013. He was the starting shortstop on the 2012 4A High School State Championship Team earning the MPV award for the Championship game. Tanner graduated from Iowa Central Community College where he earned first team All-Region his freshman year. Tanner went on to play Division 1 baseball at Morehead State University.
Nick Belzer - Graduated from Ankeny High School in 2013. He was on the 2012 4A High School State Championship Team and earned pitcher of year in the state. Nick went to Kansas State out of high school and then transferred to DMACC. After graduating from DMACC he went on to play two years at Minnesota State Mankato. Nick also played 3 years in the Northwoods college summer league.
Sean Murphy - A 1990 graduate of Johnston High School, he attended Indian Hills Community College, Creighton University and St. Ambrose University, playing in 2 college World Series and was drafted in 1994 by the Cleveland Indians. As a veteran of 10 minor league seasons, Sean has been working as a coach and private/academy instructor for over 20 years. Focusing on hitting skills from tee ball through college and professional levels, he concentrates on development of skills, hitting and infield, through techniques learned coaching, scouting and playing various levels of professional, college and high school baseball. During college, he coached hitting and infield in the off season as part of the program at Davenport Assumption, was the hitting and development director for Rock Island, IL High School baseball, coached in the Perfect Game system and spent 2014-2018 building the hitting and infield development programs and as head Assistant Coach at Dowling Catholic High School.
Cole McDonald - Selected in the 15th round by the Houston Astros in the 2019 MLB Draft (2.25 career ERA). Cole attended the University Iowa and threw Iowa’s first nine inning no-hitter since 1965 against the Czech Republic in the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. He is 5th All-Time in career strikeouts (203), 7th in single-season strikeouts (89), made 45 career starts. In 2019 he was Iowa's Friday night starter and finished the 2019 season with a 6-3 record and a 3.54 ERA. He was the 2019 Team Captain and received Academic All-Big Ten (2017-2019). Cole attended New Hampton High School and was rated as a Top-500 Prospect Nationally by Perfect Game, 3-time All-State selection, 4-time All-District, and All-Conference selection. He was an All-State selection in football, All-Conference selection in basketball, and State place winner in track.
Peyton Long: Graduated from Vally high school in 2016. He went on to attend Kirkwood Community college for 2 years and Central Methodist University for 1 year. At Central Methodist he is 2nd it single season strikeouts with 118. In 2019 after his one year at Central he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 30th round and has spent 3 years with them
playing his first full season in 2021 with the Carolina Mudcats.
Cody Wolfe - 2019 graduate of Ballard High School where he was a two time All Conference and All District player. Additionally, in 2019 he was the Ames Tribune Player of the Year and shares the Iowa State High School record for most hits in a single game at 6. Cody went on to pitch at John Wood Community College for two seasons and following graduation played at Lincoln College for a season. He played one season in the MINK College Summer League and coached this past summer at Ballard at both the middle school and varsity levels. Cody wants to share his experiences taking the JUCO route while developing players to be the best they can be as he pursues a career in coaching baseball at the college level.
Kevin Richardson: Graduated from Ankeny Centennial in 2014 and has three years of College playing experience with the Grand View University Vikings. Kevin has been involved in the program since he was 12 years old, and has been providing baseball instruction the past 3 years. He coached USSSA teams for four seasons. His 2017 14u AAA Game Ready team finished 3rd in the State Tournament.
GR staff is looking forward to a productive Off-season Training Program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, text, and/or email.
See you this off-season,
Game Ready Training Center