This week, we got a chance to speak with Patrick Smith, a left-handed pitcher who started training with us at Dynamic Sports Training (DST) in May, after moving to Houston due to COVID-19 shutdowns.
Patrick Smith was drafted out of Purdue University by the Kansas City Royals in the 2019 MLB draft. He heard highly of what Kevin Poppe and DST had to offer, from friends in the baseball community. “It was a very easy decision to make. I knew that this was a place that was going to propel my development in preparation for the next season,” Smith said.
In just these five months or so, Smith has already seen results. The original goal that he had for himself when he started training, was to add lean muscle mass, as well as gain overall strength and stability. His velocity has increased, and he is pleased by the change in his body composition and overall appearance. Smith also feels that he has grown in other areas since being at DST. “It’s really hard to choose one are because I feel that I have grown in every aspect. If I had to focus in on one area, I would say my lower-body strength and explosiveness. I jumped a 40 inch vertical and ran a 1.52 ten-yard start which is up there for our DST leaderboard. So that’s something I can look at and see actual results from the training I’ve been doing here.”
We asked him how his professional experience has been treating him so far, and this is what he had to say: ” I’ve really embraced professional baseball. I have loved being able to devote all my time and energy to something I am so passionate about. There are always challenges and struggles that you go through and this year with the pandemic, it has really made me work through some tough off-field challenges as well. One of the highlights of my professional baseball career so far has to be this past season where we played a seventeen-inning game against the Yankees. I pitched the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth innings in that game to help secure a win for our team. That game allowed us to advance into the Appalachian League Championship Series. It was such a tight game and to come out on top and secure that win felt great. It was a great accomplishment.”
Smith went on to say how excited he is for what the DST family has in store for him. His main goals going from one season to the next tend to be consistent: get bigger, faster, and stronger. He’s made his way up to 96mph this past summer and has plans to maintain that speed- possibly exceeding it.