About Steven Ellis

Welcome to the new home of my baseball pitching tips, which were previously available on TheCompletePitcher.com. All of The Complete Pitcher's content can now be found on www.pitchingtips.com.

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Steven Ellis and I'm a two-time MLB Draft pick and former closer in the Chicago Cubs organization.

In 88 innings of work in pro ball, I had 22 saves and 120 strikeouts before suffering a freak shoulder injury while fielding a ground ball that eventually derailed my career.

Since then, however, I've shared my professional experience with pitchers about how to pitch the right way. This site features extensive training resources, pitching programs and a discussion forum for players to learn about the art and science of pitching.

Here's a timeline of my baseball career from Little League to the pros to today:

  • PitchingTips.com


    In 2018, I retired The Complete Pitcher and a few related sites, and launched a unified website in their place to be the definitive baseball pitching instruction resource for pitchers: PitchingTips.com.

  • The Complete Pitcher


    In 2005, I released a first edition of what is now the TUFFCUFF Pro - Strength and Conditionong Program for Baseball Pitchers. The program was updated for 2018 and is currently used by more than 15,000 pitchers and coaches.

    In 2004, I added a discussion forum.

    In 2002, I launched TheCompletePitcher.com, which for the past 10 years has been the most-visited instructional baseball pitching site on the web.

  • Chicago Cubs


    Played minor league ball in Mesa, AZ; Boise, ID; Lansing, MI; Daytona, FL; and Jackson, TN.

    Had 22 saves and 120 strikeouts in 88 innings.

    Named to organization's Top 5 relief pitchers list.

    Suffered freak shoulder injury while fielding a ground ball that eventually derailed my career.

  • MLB Draft: Chicago Cubs


    Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 18th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft.

  • MLB Draft: Oakland A's


    Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 12th round of the 2000 MLB June Amateur Draft after my junior year, but decided to finish college instead of signing.

  • College Baseball


    Pitched for Bradley University (Peoria, IL) of the Missouri Valley Conference on a full NCAA Division 1 baseball scholarship.

  • Collegiate Summer League


    Junior: Jayhawk League (Kansas)

    Sophomore: Prospect League (Illinois)

    Freshman: Prospect League (Illinois)

  • High School Baseball


    Senior: Principia High School (St. Louis)

    Junior: Principia High School (St. Louis)
    Led varsity team to the Class 2A Missouri state championship in 1996. We were the runner-up.

    Sophomore: New Hartford High School (New Hartford, NY)

    Freshman: New Hartford High School (New Hartford, NY)
    Went 6-1 to lead the varsity team to the Class A New York state finals in 1994. We finished 3rd.

  • American Legion Baseball


    Senior: Alton Post (Alton, IL)

    Junior: Adrean Post (Utica, NY)

    Sophomore: Adrean Post (Utica, NY)

    Freshman: New Hartford Post (New Hartford, NY)

Since 2005, my TUFFCUFF training programs have helped more than 15,126 pitchers throw harder, pitch smarter and reach the next level faster following a Big League plan.

My pitching programs are all new for 2018 and better than ever.

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Former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

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