During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Peter Fatse, MiLB Hitting Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Peter shares a wealth of information about how to execute decision training, ways to remain competitive during training, the importance of building an adjustable swing, and techniques to implement individualized training for players.
- How did Peter Fatse get involved in baseball coaching?
- What should we focus on in the off-season?
- What questions does he ask players to address deeper learning?
- What does an average week of training look like?
- How do we train an adjustable swing?
- What are some ways that he trains for decision training?
- How do they like to compete during training?
- What are the things that Peter looks for that he thinks that really good players do?
- How does Peter issue a plan that maximizes individual development in a team environment?
- Is there something that Peter Fatse has learned lately that has him really excited?
- What is something that his players do in training that they love?
- What is something that Peter believes that other coaches may disagree with?
- What are things done during Peter’s training that would stand out to people?
- What are some of Peter Fatse’s favorite books and resources that have benefited his coaching?
3 Key Points:
- Be honest about your weaknesses, strengths, and areas of development.
- Adjustability swings are a trait of elite hitters.
- Stay open-minded to learn from various other people.
- “We have a lot of information. But you have to be hungry to apply it and you have to be hungry to learn and dig in for yourself, because, ultimately, it is your career.” – Peter Fatse (02:49)
- “Make a realistic evaluation of your previous year and really take the time to look and say, ‘what are the attributes that I possess that right now are strengths for me?’” – Peter Fatse (04:06)
- “When I think about competitive design, there are two ways that we as hitters compete, the internal and the external.” – Peter Fatse (21:48)
- “When I have guys in the training center, one of the first questions I will ask is, ‘are you right-handed or left-handed?’” – Peter Fatse (30:05)
- “A lot of the times, the drill passages, from a bat path perspective would change depending upon their dominant hand and then ultimately, how the barrel created early excerration.” – Peter Fatse (30:10)
- “Be able to utilize bat and ball information to create a plan, because the ball, ultimately, is going to give us the best depiction of what is happening.” – Peter Fatse (32:57)
- “Every player’s career is extremely important, especially to myself and the rest of the staff.” – Peter Fatse (34:26)
- “I think you want to kind of look to layer on stress so that when a guy gets to the game, the idea is more about execution and they are not worried about being prepared anymore.” – Peter Fatse (40:45)