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Pitching w/ PURPOSE™ Audio Program

A Conversation On The Mental, Emotional & Approach Side To Pitching.

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  • Who is Bud Smith ................................................. 00:00-10:00
  • Playing High School & Getting Drafted ................................................. 10:00-15:00
  • From Position Player to Pitcher ................................................. 15:00-20:00
  • The No Hitter ................................................. 20:00-23:00
  • Pitching w/ Purpose ................................................. 23:00-28:00
  • Rhythm & Tempo ................................................. 28:00-33:00
  • Using Your Defense ................................................. 33:00-35:00
  • Establishing The Fast-Ball ................................................. 35:00-39:00
  • Throwing w/ Intent V.S, Catch Words ................................................. 39:00-43:00
  • Making Adjustments ................................................. 43:00-46:00
  • Body Language & Hustle ................................................. 46:00-47:00
  • Best Pitching Advice Ever ................................................. 47:00-50:00

WHO IS BUD SMITH?

Robert Allan "Bud" Smith (born October 23, 1979 in Torrance, California) is a retired American baseball player. Smith was active at the major league level in 2001 and 2002, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 2000, Smith led the minor league Cardinal organization with a 2.26 ERA (among starters) and 17 wins (5 with AAA Memphis and 12 with AA Arkansas) and threw two no-hitters of the seven-inning variety against Midland and San Antonio. His 2000-year performance earned him Baseball Weekly's Minor League Pitcher of the Year award.[1]


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A quality start for a major league pitcher is 6 innings, 3 runs or less. That means every other inning you give up a run, that's a 4.50 E.R.A. You give up a run every other inning, that's a quality outing.

You don't have to be 6'5 throwing 97 mph to be effective on the mound.

I was 6'0 and threw 87. I TRUSTED by defense.

Pitching with Purpose means pitching with intent. One way to pitch with intent is to throw through the glove instead of just too the glove.

When you learn how to:

  • Pitching with purpose.
  • Master rhythm and tempo.
  • Trust your defense.

You begin to allow the game situations to play in your favor.

This is how you get the umpire on your side and your defense ready to make plays for you.

Use deception, locate pitches down in the zone, work quick with first pitch strikes.

Do this and good things will happen for you.

- Bud

 

About Bud

Born: October 23, 1979 in Torrance, CA (Age 37.057)
High School: St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)
School: Los Angeles Harbor College (Wilmington, CA)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the 1998 amateur draft.

Signed June 3, 1998. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 10, 2001 (Age 21.230, 15,494th in MLB history)   vs. COL 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2001 season
Team: Cardinals 2001-2002

Last Game: July 19, 2002 (Age 22.269)   vs. PIT 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
 

The No Hitter

Smith's major league career was short but notable, as he became the 18th rookie since 1900 to throw a no-hitter. Smith's Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 4–0 on September 3, 2001, with the rookie hurler giving up four walks but no hits, while throwing 134 pitches in the game.

Due to Smith's high pitch count entering the later innings, Cardinal pitching coach Dave Duncan was actually hoping someone would break up the no-hitter, fearing that his young pitcher might tire, although he went against that judgment in allowing Smith to finish the game.

 

As of October 2015, Smith's no-hitter is the last one for a Cardinals pitcher.

Smith had an impressive rookie season in 2001, compiling a 6–3 record and 3.83 earned run average in 16 games, good for 4th in Rookie of the Year voting.

However, after posting a dreadful 6.94 era in his sophomore season, he never pitched at the major league level again.

Smith has the distinction of being the last member of the Cardinals to wear the number 51. In his major league debut, he donned the number associated with retired fan favorite Willie McGee, upsetting many fans.

Shortly thereafter, Smith agreed to change his number to 52 and no one has used 51 since.

For his career, Smith was 7–8 with a 4.95 earned run average in 132.7 innings. He made 27 appearances with 24 starts, with one complete game shutout.

Thanks For Visiting

Thanks for visiting the website. My hope is that you find at least one thing that will take your performance on the mound to the next level. If there is anything I learned while pitching at the big league level, it's the power of work ethic.

If I've said something that has inspired you, I encourage you to embrace it, use it and apply it while trusting the process. Feel free to check out the Pitching w/ Purpose: Conversations on the Mental Side of Pitching.

Also - Feel free to join the Bud Smith Pitching Club. You can learn more about it here. If you have questions on working with me privately, reach out here.

To your improvement on the mound.

Best,

 - Bud Smith

Toronto Blue-Jays Scout

bud@budsmithpitching.com | @budsmtih51

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