I have read Dustin’s work and have seen his passion for pitching come out on a day to day basis. I am impressed with the work he has put into his ebook. It is thorough in its content and very informative for all those looking to improve on the most important factor in pitching – command. When one’s talents allow them to compete at their current level of play, it will be their ability to locate a pitch that gets them on the mound. This is not a “which comes first scenario.” Those that pitch at the highest of levels, have the talents to be there. The ones that stick, stay there because of strikes and continue to move higher. Many pitchers have talked of their ability to throw a certain speed, a certain pitch, etc. The one’s that speak of making an impact and becoming an accomplished pitcher know it was the result of their ability to hit their targets. If the goal is to become a pitcher that “blows up hitters” this book needs to be in your toolbox. Great job Dustin.Fred Corral
“Pitchers come in all shapes and sizes, and throw with different velocities, but the ones who win and end up on top are the ones who can command the baseball. As a Major League manager, I want to bring someone into the game to throw NOT just strikes, but quality strikes. I don’t care how hard they throw. Dustin’s on to something.”John Gibbons
“In Lokation Nation’s Guide to Commanding Locations, Dustin is able to articulately write down some major keys for pitchers, which is an extremely difficult task. I couldn’t agree more with the point of learning pitch location and pitching delivery repetition before velocity. As a pitcher who didn’t gain velocity until I entered professional baseball, location and repeating that location over and over earned me a chance at the professional level. As my velocity started to increase, my prior knowledge of locating in and out of the strike zone allowed me to reach the Major League level. Lokation Nation’s guide is a very useful tool and I recommend pitchers of all levels, especially amateur pitchers learning pitching keys to give this guide a read in order to gain a knowledge of what it takes to become a successful pitcher at any level.”Brad Brach
“In Dustin Pease world of precision and consistency, his formula to be able to locate a pitch 70% of the time seems as rational as a batter getting a hit 3/10 times earns being labeled as the best in the game. Scouting in today’s free-agent market is a velocity driven culture. The more velo, the more money. However, why wouldn’t an MLB club want more of what Pease wants? Location and the ability to command areas of the plate equals winning. Less walks, less hits, less pitches…it only makes sense. Pease’s mechanical cue’s, command goals and success, work to change the mind of the culture being a velocity crazed fanbase. Dustin’s E-Guide does a great job on a breakdown of cue’s and body actions to be able to get a consistent release point to achieve this lofty goal of 70% location. Lokation Nation’s Guide to Commanding Locations is a must baseball read to eventually become a complete pitcher who is able to command and locate, not just throw.”Butch Baccala
“With the ever increasing urge young pitchers have to chase velocity, Dustin’s message is a breath of fresh air. Velocity can instantly open up opportunities but a pitcher’s ability to command his best stuff is a path to success and longevity. That is something velocity alone will not lead you to. Most of us are putting the cart before the horse. Learn how to pitch with a clean, safe delivery that will promote strikes and command. Velocity should be the last piece of the puzzle for the youth and many amateur players. I stand behind Dustin and his message. Command is a tremendous asset yet seems to be something many people are not discussing. Keep up the great work Dustin!”Larry Owens
Mike Toomey, in his 38th year of professional baseball, joined the Royals in 2006 as Special Assistant to the General Manager after serving as a Pro Scout for the Washington Nationals and a National Crosschecker with the Montreal Expos. He had been with the Expos/Nationals organization since 2002 after working with Cleveland, San Francisco, Texas and the New York Mets. He also has a wealth of international scouting experience as he has scouted Japan, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada, Italy, Colombia and Venezuela.
Mike’s input on Lokation Nation:
“Pitchers that throw low to mid 90s are a dime a dozen.As an industry we have gotten away from the guys that can pitch. I am talking about movement ,location, deception,tempo,ability to pitch to quadrants and change eye levels and speeds.The radar gun was the worst thing that was ever invented.For the most part,as an industry we are a nation of throwers! Dustin’s E-Guide, Lokation Nations Guide to Commanding Locations is a “no hitter”!“Mike Toomey
“I first came across Lokation Nation on Twitter. I loved the fact that Dustin put out content about something other than how to gain velocity. He is the only pitching account I’ve seen that talks about the importance of commanding all your pitches, changing speeds, etc. All the things that actually help a pitcher to get outs and be successful. I was apprehencive to purchase Dustins E-Guide because I have never had any issues with command, and didn’t want to drop some cash on something I wasnt sold on needing. After a few respectful debates, and conversations with Dustin I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. I was blown away with the content. The concepts I was already familiar with reassured to me that I am on the right track with my own pitching and made me better understand the beliefs I had prior to reading the E-Guide. For me the highlights of this book are the mechanical adjustment chapter, strike zone chapter and graph, and the visualization chapter. I think every pitcher could benefit from reading this book, regardless if you have great command or not.”Cole Hartley
I have known Dustin for a few years and can attest to his determination to help all pitchers. I was fortunate enough to have a 15 year professional career culminating in an opportunity to pitch in the Major Leagues. The E-Book does a very nice job breaking down the fundamentals of what makes a pitcher successful. Whether you have velocity or not, the concepts here are vital. Understanding the strike zone is simply the most important aspect for any baseball player, especially a pitcher. There are mechanics that improve the consistency of this feat and the E-Book touches on that. There are mental states that help visualize what you are doing and the E-Book touches on that. There is a recommended program to help attain these concepts. It is very much worth the read and implementing the overall tone of the E-Book into your daily mind set of pitching can only help your cause.Bobby Korecky
While reading the E-Guide I noticed a ton of similarities in the concepts that are taught by pitching coaches that I’ve had during my time in pro ball. But what separates this from most other pitching “gurus” is the vast spectrum that is covered. As well as all the spot on mechanical tips, this E-Guide highlights all the key components to becoming a successful pitcher that doesn’t involve any physical action. The mental aspect of pitching is so important in your success as a pitcher, and I love that the E-Guide covers those concepts. With in depth tips to help you develop your own process to find what works best for you. From visualization, to strike zone awareness, to communication with your catcher to maximize your abilities. Having tips and tools like that in your repertoire will give you the edge on your competition.Spenser Watkins
More knowledge is better than less knowledge, and Dustin Pease has dropped a megaton of knowledge in this manual. From mentality and strategy to physical mechanics, Dustin has covered it all. Dustin’s work is a unique and intellectual approach to pitching, as this manual focuses on mastering yourself before mastering your opponent. As a strength and conditioning professional, I understand that velocity is what sells. Velocity can be addressed via proper strength and power training methods, but there’s often something lacking to create a complete pitcher. This pitching intelligence is something I can’t teach in the weight room. Rather than be ignorant, I want every player I coach to learn ways to be successful on the field. To anybody who is purely a “velo” guy, I highly recommend giving this manual a read. It could be the difference between success and failure on the mound!Bill Miller, CSCS
“My name is Vincent Molesky and I am currently in my 3rd year of playing professional baseball for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. I am a 6’4” right handed starting pitcher with an average fastball that ranges from 88mph to 90mph. My arsenal consists of a knuckle-curve, slider, and a change-up. In 2013, my senior year of college baseball at Mount St. Mary’s University I met my new pitching coach, Dustin Pease. Pease led me to having my best college season in my 5 years at Mount St. Mary’s and provided me with the opportunity I dreamt of as a kid, to play professionally. Now you all may ask how? The answer is simple, command and location. Pease and I knew I didn’t have the velocity to blow hitters away, so I needed to be smart and learn how to pitch effectively. Consistentency, command, change in velocity, location, repeating your mechanics, pitching to contact, and lastly, confidence led to my success. These simple tools led me to leading the 2016 Frontier League in strikeouts and the best season in my career. The great thing was, being 25 years old I only felt like I was getting better. Lokationnation’s Guide to Comanding Locations is the formula to becoming a dominate pitcher at any level of the game. It lead me to my dream of playing professional baseball and succeeding at the level!”Vince Molesky
The concept behind LoKationNation’s Guide to Commanding Locations is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the game today, and Dustin does a wonderful job of communicating not only the necessity of possessing command, but he shows the rewards that can be yielded from harnessing the vital skill. It doesn’t matter if you are a high velocity arm or not, possessing command of your arsenal is the great equalizer in the game. There is the old adage of “Velocity gets you notices, command gets you moved up, and both allow you to thrive,” and this is essentially the underlying lesson that needs to be taken from this text.
I highly recommend that every pitcher needs to read this book, and I am in the process of implementing it into the required readings of my own program. It doesn’t matter if you are a young Little Leaguer (or parent) or a collegiate athlete, there are lessons to be learned that can greatly impact your future and career.
Remember the pitcher’s motto:WORK FAST, THROW STRIKES, CHANGE SPEEDS, Get the FIRST man OUT every inning! Dustin, thank you for your hard work, and congratulations on a great product.Colter Bostick
“I preach to my staff the importance of being able to command the baseball. It’s great that some guys have good fastball velocity but some power arm guys can’t get through an inning because they can’t throw enough strikes. I would much rather have a guy come in during a high leverage situation who I know will command the baseball. Locating the fastball and being able to throw your secondary pitches for strikes is the key.”Bronswell Patrick
“I’ve been coaching between college and professional baseball for 25 years. I’ve served in numerous roles and levels as a pitching coach during that time and several factors are always vital to the success of a pitcher. The ability to locate pitches consistently being the pillar of that success. Chasing velocity has been the focus for the last several years in the game at all levels. I’ve sat in countless meetings discussing pitchers for various levels and roles. While velocity is a part of that equation, final decisions are made because of control & command, for every role! Dustin has broken down several key components in his E-Guide that pitchers and coaches need to read and incorporate in to their routines.
The E-Guide addresses not only the physical pieces to assist a pitcher in his ability to increase his “arsenal” options at the plate, but he also addresses other necessary elements to be successful: Catcher relationship, gaining the confidence of the umpire, as well as the ability to mentally be focused and prepared.
I will use the E-Guide principles to assist pitchers and pitching coaches in development opportunities. Keep up the great work Dustin.”Steve Merriman
“Command or Velocity? Both. All pitchers lie somewhere inside the command/velocity continuum on what they need to train the most. Dustin’s Guide to Commanding Locations is a great tool for all players, especially for the players that have a hard time throwing strikes and hitting spots. Command and velocity don’t need to be mutually exclusive. The majority of players spend most their time training velocity but need the ability to throw more strikes. Dustin’s ebook provides an easy to follow process for improving command in all players.”Tighe Dickinson
As a former Major League pitcher and current Minor League Pitching Coach of 7 years I won’t sit here and deny that velocity factors in the game and neither does Dustin. However, if you don’t know where it’s going what difference does it make? I am always seeking COMMAND from my guys. That goes for all of them! I am always looking for guys that can actually PITCH because I know I will get competitors that take pride in their job, will have efficient innings, and will keep their team in the game.
I will always take the mid-to-upper 80’s guy if they can dot up. It does take work though and Dustin’s Lokation Nation’s Guide to Commanding Locations has a ton of solid insight, drills, and good thoughts. One of my favorite sections was on visualization. I was taught visualization at Riverside Community College by the great Dennis Rogers and it took my game to the next level. If you can imagine yourself throwing high quality strikes and then work on throwing those same pitches with a fine-tuned focus in your side work and bullpens the likelihood of success in game goes way up!
Dustin’s mission is to teach command and I am all for it as it is something that all pitchers can control if they take the time to work on it. I highly encourage every self-respecting pitcher to check out this book if they want to elevate their game to the next level.Jeff Bajenaru – Twitter @jeffbajenaru
“After finishing the Eguide I wanted to throw a few bullpen sessions to give myself a better idea on what worked the best for me. With the season a week and a half out I didn’t want to change a lot of mechanical things. But have taken notes on the mechanical adjustments and will be trying them out come offseason. What worked best for me was learning more about the mentality of successful pitchers. Which to me includes how to approach a strike zone, how to communicate your ideas to the catcher, and lastly one of the most important factors, how to visualize success. My favorite quote in the Eguide is “I visualize myself succeeding, winning, dominating.” Confidence is a key asset to a pitcher and without it you might as well just bench yourself because success will not come in abundance. In the past few bullpen sessions I have used the strike zone displayed in the Eguide. I haven’t justified misses, I know what I am trying to establish and execute, and I make slight adjustments when missing the spot intended for. These three things have taken my bullpens to a higher level. I have stepped away from just throwing pitches in my bullpen sessions to executing pitches with intent in my bullpen sessions. The Eguide has also grown my relationship with my catcher. We are a two man team who both need to work together to achieve the common goal. If one of the two are not pulling weight then the common goal will not be achieved. Lastly, the biggest thing that I walked away with from the Eguide was the importance of visualization. The amount of repetitions you can do in your head is endless. I had to actually stop myself from visualizing my mechanics while in class cause I would zone out the whole lecture. Also while pitching i’ve learned that visualizing the pitch before you pitch the ball can be very beneficial. Overall the Eguide was great and I learned some things that I can apply to my game immediately.”Koby Bishop
As a college pitching coach on the D2 level, I have my own thoughts and opinions. With that being said, reading the e-book from Dustin only confirmed those opinions. I started chatting with Dustin a year or two ago and I wont lie, I had my doubts. I think that’s a habit of the human race when new things are introduced. But the dude stuck to his guns, battled the negative comments, and I really respect him for that and this E-book. I have always been a big fan of visualization and teaching it to our pitchers, but for some reason I couldn’t get it across to everyone on the staff. While reading the chapter on “Visualization” I came across new ways to implement it and finally get it across to everyone and it stuck! There are several chapters in this book that stuck out. Myself and my staff had weekly meetings with one chapter a week. Breaking down each one and answering questions that pop’d up. The pitchers loved it. PITCHERS WANT TO LEARN, you just have to supply the content. And with this Ebook Dustin does a great job and we have seen huge improvements in the last 4 months. This is something I will continue to use in the future. Yes we all know velocity is great BUT, its not what makes a pitcher at the college level. You could have velo ranges from 75-95 or harder but that’s what makes a staff, not every arm is the same so spend time with every guy and develop LoKation!Corey Thompson
Talking to a top D1 Pitching Coach a couple years back, the coach told me that, while velocity was very important in the recruiting process, the key for getting on the mound at his school and winning games was Command. I asked him: “How do you teach Command?” He said, after thinking for a while, clearly stumped: “I don’t. I recruit for it.” I found this answer to be not totally satisfactory—if command was so important, why not investigate and develop ways to teach it?
Obviously, velocity is clearly a key to getting noticed in Pitching. It’s table stakes for getting in the door as a pitcher at many top College baseball programs and for getting pro scouts’ attention in the draft. It undoubtedly provides you with many opportunities in the game. However, “getting opportunities” isn’t the same as “success.” Once you’ve gotten your foot in the door, Command is an important way to separate yourself from others, and, to ultimately have success in games. Like in Golf, where you “drive for show and putt for dough,” the power game is important, but it only gets you so far. Coaches get paid based on wins and losses, and, while you may have potential, helping the coach/team win games is what keeps you on the field at a pitcher.
Dustin Pease’s mission is to teach Command. As a pitcher, he never was the hardest thrower, but was a successful pitcher due to his superior command. In his eBook “LokationNation’s Guide To Commanding Locations,” Dustin shares Command tips that helped make him a successful Command pitcher and sets out his blueprint on how pitchers can develop superior Command of their pitches.
From developing “Feel” for your pitches, knowledge of the strike zone and ideal pitch locations, discussing Catcher communication and bullpens, as well as developing proper accountability, mindset and visualization to improve Command, LokationNation’s Guide To Commanding Location provides detailed insight into how Dustin Pease teaches Command and also provides a 6 week step-by-step plan to help improve Command and turn players from “throwers” into “pitchers.” LokationNation’s Guide To Commanding Location is an excellent complement to any velocity program and provides many practical tools to help take your Command game to the next level. It is also a valuable resource to pitching coaches at any level who want new drills and real answers to that question: How do you teach Command?Rob Friedman @PitchingNinja
After considering myself a member of only the “velocity side” of the pitching argument, I had gained velocity but not had the success I desired. I decided to purchase dustin’s ebook and it was absolutely worth it. One thing I think gets misunderstood is that others think Dustin is saying 85 with command is better than 95 with command, which is not his argument at all. His argument is that without command it will be tough to have consistent success regardless of the velo. At the very least, the ebook provides a 6 week guide for guys who want to improve command and a helpful cue that has helped a lot of pitchers. And at its most, the ebook sharpens the focus of a pitcher and changes the way they look at pitching. In bullpens, I’m not longer satisfied with missing the outside corner but it still ending up in the strike zone. While I still believe developing velocity is critically important, it was incredibly helpful to learn from someone who is so knowledgable on this subject. Absolutely worth the buy!Scott Fuchs