What's Inside

What is Workload?

Every throw should count towards how much we want to have a pitcher throw in a game. The volume, intensity, and frequency of a pitcher throwing are called a player's workload.

We dive into why understanding a player's workload is essential and look back at the history of pitch counts and how we got to today.

The Difference between Pitch Counts and Throw Counts

Pitch counts have been a helpful addition to youth baseball to prevent the worst abuse of pitcher's arms. Yet injuries are still occurring. Part of the reason is pitch counts don't track every throw a player makes. With younger players often pitching and playing another position, they can often rack up many throws that coaches and parents don't think about. We look at how pitch counts can help while also breaking down how our decisions can change if we count every throw a pitcher makes.

Throw Count Research Investigations with Pulse

From published papers to in-gym investigations with our athletes, we have you covered. The research gives coaches and parents information you can't find anywhere else on the 'why' behind how you can better manage your pitchers and have them ready to dominate the big games.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Pulse

    • Welcome to Driveline's Workload & Pulse Mini-Course

  • 2

    Introduction to Workload

    • What is Workload?

    • History of MLB Workload - (07:18)

  • 3

    Pitch Counts Versus Throw Counts

    • Research on Pitch Counts Versus Throw Counts

    • Research on MLB Complete Games and Injury Risk

    • College World Series and Pitch Counts

  • 4

    Pulse Research Investigations

    • Pulse Published Research Papers

    • Pulse Sensor Validation Paper

    • Workout Analysis of Throw Counts, Workout Duration, Intensity and Pace

    • Workload Analysis of Workouts, Ball Weights, and Playing Level

    • Drill Analysis