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MEET VELOPRO DEVELOPER AND BLE FOUNDER JIM PARQUE

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BERNSTEIN PRINCIPLE - Originated by Soviet neurologist, Nikolai Bernstein, this scientific principle states that the body will organize itself in accordance to the overall goal of balance and movement. 

Jim Parque is the President of Big League Edge Performance Baseball and developer of VeloPRO Baseball. As a former MLB starting pitcher, Parque pitched over 6 seasons for the White Sox, Rays, and Diamondbacks. His career was cut short (due to injury) when he tore his labrum in the 2000 ALDS. However, Parque still pitched 3 more seasons before retiring.

 

After retiring from professional baseball 2004, Jim started Big League Edge. Since this time, BLE has grown into a global player development company that now trains in 5 different continents and has player development installed in over 400 different facilities and teams worldwide.

PLAYING CAREER

Jim Parque grew up in southern California and attended Crescenta Valley High School. He was named the California State Pitcher of the Year and Los Angeles Times Pitcher of the Year in 1994, which earned him a full athletic scholarship to UCLA. In 1994, Parque was drafted by the Los Angelese Dodgers in the 50th round.

 

While at UCLA, Parque pitched the 1997 Bruin team to a College World Series berth and helped establish the program as the top ranked NCAA baseball team in the country. During his tenure at UCLA, Parque earned two All American awards, a Smith Super team award, and multiple Pac 6 honors - establishing himself as one of UCLA Baseball's best pitchers in the history of the program.

 

In 1996, Parque helped Team USA win Olympic Bronze in the Atlanta Games, which helped him earn a first round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox the following year.

 

Parque was the first player in his draft class to reach the major leagues, getting called up in April 1998. He pitched five consecutive seasons at the big league level, with his best season posting a 14-6 record.

 

Jim has won a Triple A World series and an American League Central Division title. He took a no hitter into the 8th inning two times and a perfect game into the seventh once.

COMMAND MATTERS

The idea is not to miss bats, but to miss barrel. Any good pitcher tells you that they are trying to throw 3 pitches or less to a hitter and are pitching to contact.

 

Command creates opportunity to miss barrel more often. And the slower the batted baseballs, the more opportunity you have to pitch with no one on.

HAND SPEED AND POWER MATTER

SPEED MATTERS

Common sense says that if you want to get on base, you run faster than the time it takes the defender to throw you out. Therefore, if defenders have increased their range, arm strength, and defensive speed - you need to either run faster or hit the baseball where they cannot get to it.

 

This is why you see home to first runtimes decrease as you move up in level. At the MLB level, averages are 4.3 seconds, with 4.1 seconds being in the line up at multiple spots.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

COACHING CAREER

As President of Big League Edge, Parque has trained an average of 3000 athletes worldwide since 2007. He consults for Major League Baseball and trains NCAA baseball pitching staffs all across the States.

 

Parque is the National Pitching Coordinator for New Balance Baseball and Program 15 and is the Director of Team Operations for all USA-LABC National Teams.

 

Jim has coached for USA Baseball, been a head instructor at multiple major NCAA Baseball camps, and is a consultant for many national baseball organizations.

CHARITY AND MORE

Giving back is a big part of Jim Parque, as he continues to be a part of kids and baseball everywhere. Such include working with St. Jude's Children's hospital, Compassion Foundation, Angels in Sports, Garth Brooks' Touch Em' All Foundation, and multiple MLBPA charities and foundations.

 

Parque has been the keynote speaker at many national baseball conventions that include the ABCA, PNW Coaching Convention, and many others.

 
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