Kagan Hopkins grew up in Sacramento, CA before moving to Vacaville at age 13, where he attended Vacaville H.S. He began his college career at Solano Community College for two years where he believes he began to grow as a pitcher. Most of Kagen’s appearances were out of the bullpen in Community College. Kagen received a scholarship to play baseball at Chico State in 2012, where he played in the Division 2 World Series. In the fall of 2014, Kagen signed with the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association. In his first professional offseason, Kagen was traded to the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League. That same offseason, Kagen met pitching coach and current Director of Player Development in the USPBL, Justin Orenduff. Justin is the founder of the Delivery Value System (DVS), a “developmental system designed to improve the longevity of a pitcher while improving his performance in games.” The Delivery Value System will be explained further throughout the course of this interview.
Hopkins entered spring training in 2015 having only worked on the new adjustments from the DVS for a couple of weeks. Kagen was released after Spring Training where he returned home to work on his mechanics and perfecting the DVS method, hoping someone would sign him. In August, Kagen received a call from the Schaumburg Boomers, offering to re-sign him for the remainder of the season. Kagen had a strong final month and remained with the Boomers ever since. In his 2.5 seasons with Schaumburg, Kagen was named an all-star and won a Frontier League championship in 2017. Kagen was traded in the 2017-2018 offseason to the Rockland Boulders in the Can-Am League. Their season began on May 17th where you will find Kagen in a potential starter or relief role.
Enjoy our interview with Kagen, and stay tuned for more information regarding the Delivery Value System with our upcoming interview with founder, Justin Orenduff!
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