About Steven Ellis

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Welcome to YouthPitching.com. I’m a two-time MLB Draft pick and former pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization. These days, I'm a parent and coach like many of you.

Since 2014, my best-selling TUFFCUFF Jr pitching program has helped more than 16,000 pitchers between the ages of 7-14 improve their performance on the mound.

It was just updated for the 2021 season and is a great pitching guide for little league pitchers. Check it out. I'd love to hear how it's helped you help your son pitch better, too.

Here's a little more about my baseball experience:

  • Pitched in college at Bradley University (Peoria, IL) on a full NCAA Division 1 baseball scholarship (1997-2001).

  • Drafted by the Oakland A's (2000) and Chicago Cubs (2001) – signed with the Cubs.

  • As a closing pitcher, led the Cubs' minor league system in saves and strikeouts per 9 innings during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

  • Named one of the organization’s Top 5 relief pitching prospects in 2002 by Baseball America, before being sidelined by a career-ending shoulder injury while fielding a ground ball.