Velo Depot


Velo Depot is an all-encompassing pitcher development program developed by Top Tier's High School Director, Griffin Phelps in conjunction with Top Tier alum and current pitcher in the Angel's organization, Connor Riley. This program is designed to bring a new, comprehensive way of training to help pitchers stay healthy and at the same time develop pitches, velocity and spin rate. While velocity development is an important part of the program, Velo Depot will also incorporate movement patterns, mental training and post throwing recovery which will keep the arm and body healthy, allowing athletes to train harder and longer. We will be offering two different sessions; session 1 runs November and December, and session 2 will run January and February. There is a discount offered if you register for both sessions up front.

Velo Depot groups will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but will also include programming details for the other 5 days of the week. All players will begin with a return to throwing/on-ramping phase at the start of their first session. From there, each player will have their own individualized program to help correct flaws/deficiencies, as well as develop arm strength and velocity. Players will also receive video analysis throughout the process to find mechanical inefficiencies in the delivery.

Players will have access to their specific program online along with all workouts through new tracking technology (accessible through any mobile device) so that they can see where they are at in terms of the gains that they are making. Changes will be made on a weekly basis. Every player will have a 7 day program so that the days they are not meeting in person they will still have throwing, arm care, recovery work, and drills to do so that they can continue to develop in all facets of the pitching development process.

In addition to all pitching and throwing programming, Top Tier is happy to announce that it will be taking over all strength and conditioning for Velo Depot in our new weight room and pitching lab (located above the academy). Lifting will no longer follow immediately after the baseball workouts. Instead, players will sign up for either 15 or 30 lifting sessions during the session. They will then be able to come in and lift any day of the week in the gym upstairs. Strength workouts will also be managed for players throughout the week via the new player tracking software mentioned above.

Session 1 Dates
November- 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24
December- 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17

Session 2 Dates
January- 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
February- 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Group Times:
Group 1 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Group 2 - 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

There will be a limited number of spaces available in each group in order to maximize space and player to coach ratio to provide the best training experience and outcomes for athletes.

Here's what Velo Depot participants are saying about their experiences

Ben Hernandez, Class of 2020, 41st overall draft pick and 2019 Team USA 18U National Team Pitcher
"It's an amazing experience, I've learned so much from the talks we have at Velo Depot, to throwing hard with control. I highly recommend it, being around other guys working just as hard as you pushing each other to be great."

Scott Youngbrandt, Class of 2018, St. Louis University
"The Velo Depot has really helped me in my overall progression as a pitcher. The programs' director's knowledge of pitching combined with some of the best equipment that is available for velocity enhancement really gives you the best chance to improve your velocity, but overall as a pitcher"

Grant Leader, Class of 2019, University Of Illinois
"Velo Depot has been one of the best experiences of my life. Its always a great group of guys wanting to make each other better, and the coaches wanted to make the players better. It truly is the best in the business, I cannot recommend it enough!"


position players

The Velo Depot is an all-encompassing pitching program developed by Top Tier High School Director, Griffin Phelps. This special position players program is all of the arm health and arm strengthening from the pitching program without any of the pitching specific practice. Using the uniquely designed training system athletes are developed with arm health in mind. Using a combination of training methods players will develop healthy, stronger arms that will allow players to increase their throwing velocity regardless of where on the field they play. Some athletes have seen gains of 5 mph in as few as 5 weeks.

The class will be once a week. For catchers, class will run on Tuesday nights from 9:00 - 10:00 pm. For infielders, class will run Wednesday nights from 8:00 - 8:45 pm. Outfielders can go on either day.

Tuesday Night Dates
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 1, 8, 15
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23

Wednesday Night Dates
November 4, 11, 18, 24* (due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all participants will attend Tuesday, Nov. 24)
December 2, 9, 16
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24

Cost: $800

Location: 4750 South Vernon Ave, McCook, IL 60525