Jim Parque is the President of Big League Edge Performance Baseball and developer of VeloPRO Baseball. As a former MLB starting pitcher, Jim 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.
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.
Former MLB pitcher Jim Parque, and current pro pitcher Trevor Lubking, working on maintaining support of arm acceleration. Lubking has gone from 88-91mph to topping 95mph at times this summer while using the VeloPRO. https://t.co/dfnnXrejvI#VeloPRO pic.twitter.com/Bp88krSQks— VeloPro Baseball (@VeloProBaseblI) January 1, 2019
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.
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.
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Check out these two pitches from this young right-hander from the Rays organization. On the first one, he goes at home plate with his front shoulder, and leaks away from his back hip, resulting in a "flat” plane. On the second pitch, he does a better job of generating power with his back hip once he's in the ground. As you can see, the second pitch has down angle, and more power behind it. Being able to still be on the back hip when you land will instantly help improve your pitch quality. @bigleagueedge #VeloPRO #Baseball #Pitching #Velocity #Command #mlb #baseballislife #baseballseason #baseballswag #baseballlove #baseballplayer #collegebaseball
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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