After spending a year at the IMG Academy baseball program, Michael Zaccardo is ready to compete at the collegiate level. Zaccardo spent a post graduate year refining his mechanics on the mound and developing strength in the weight room while at IMG. A sample for the linked article:
The plan was for Michael Zaccardo to spend a post graduate year at the IMG Academy baseball program, and then stay down in Florida and pitch collegiately for a Division II program.
Funny what growing two inches, gaining 20 pounds and nine miles per hour on the fastball -- all in the span of nine months -- can do for a right-handed reliever.
"I really had never experienced something like that before," Zaccardo said. "I got to play with kids that had been drafted and everyone took it seriously. And getting a chance to play year-round in the warm weather, it was a whole new ballgame."
While at IMG, Zaccardo had plenty of time to hone his craft. Practice was five days a week, three hours a day, with two-hour sessions in the weight room after that. Games were played on weekends, and all the while, Zaccardo had the likes of Ken Bolek, the head of the Academy, and pitching coach Steve Frey to lean on for advice.
"I got the basic mechanics from high school," Zaccardo said, "But we were able to tweak a few things down there. I learned a lot, and those guys pushed me to be the best I could be. When I went to Florida, playing Division I baseball was a dream and now its a reality."
Zaccardo is a nice addition to the UCONN pitching staff. He is a polished pitcher who knows how to compete.