Catcher Drills : Receiving skills


I know many catchers that are looking to improve their game to stay one step ahead of their competition. So, the video above will give tips to their ability to receive the ball from the pitcher. The catchers with the ability to receive the ball well are one step ahead of their competition. After you finish watching the video do not be afraid to comment to this post too give me feedback. Have fun and PLAY BALL!

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The Arsenal: The Change-up

The Arsenal: The Change-up

The changeup is a great addition to any pitchers arsenal. The changeup is a pitch that throws off the timing of the hitter at the plate. The changeup looks like a fastball coming out of the pitchers had, which throws off the timing of the hitter resulting in weak contact or no contact at all. So, we will discuss the different types of grips for a changeup that you can try to work on as you add this to your arsenal.

The first type of grip for the change up is the claw grip.










This grip is a good for young pitchers to get confidence in throwing this pitch. This grip is quite simple: first you touch your thumb and picky together underneath the baseball. Then, the three other figures should look like a claw around the baseball. The ball should rest on the back portion of your hand with the pads of your fingers resting on the horseshoe part of the seams. Remember, this pitch can have a variety of grips, but pick the one that works for you.

The second type of grip for the changeup is the modified circle grip (pictured below).




The modified circle change is just a softer type of circle change. Instead of your thumb and pinky making on the side of the baseball, the modified circle grip rests the thumb underneath the baseball with the other four fingers around the baseball. Remember to rest the baseball back in the hand.

The third type of grip for the changeup is the circle change grip (picture below).


The circle change grip is the most common way to grip the change up. Most of your pitching coach will most likely show you this grip when you first starting throwing the change up. The circle change grip gives you good movement, but it does not always work for everyone. This grip needs the right hand size to make it effective. So, if you have smaller hands I recommend trying your hand at the other grips shown in this article.

The last type of grip for the changeup is the straight change grip (pictured below).


The straight change is another common grip for the change up. The straight changeup does not have much movement at all. The straight changeup looks like a fastball out of the hand giving the pitcher the deception he is looking for. The straight changes late movement and deceptive speeds makes it an effective pitch.

So, as you work in bullpen sessions try these grips to see which grip is most effective and comfortable for you. Another point to remember, as you work on adding the change up to your arsenal work on hitting an area not just a spot early on. Then as you get command of the changeup then you can work on hitting spots. Last point to consider, pitch with confidence. Yes, the changeup might not be what you desire it to be when you are first throwing it, but it will come. Have fun working on the changeup.


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The Arsenal

If you are a pitcher, I am sure you have wondered how I throw a curveball, a change up, or a fastball. In this article, I am going to answer those thoughts, and to help you develop a more effective arsenal. We will focus on the different types of fastball grips.

The Fastball:

There are four types of fastballs: the four seam fastball, the two-seam fastball, and the split finger fastball. The first fastball grip is called the four seam fastball. This pitch is called the four seam baseball, because as the pitcher delivers the pitch the ball rotates in a way you see four seams rotating. The way you grip this particular pitch is shown in the picture below. images

The second fastball grip is called the two-seam fastball. The two-steam fastball has more tail and run the baseball opposed to the four-seam fastball which is usually pretty straight. This pitch is effective to either jam a batter, or have the pitch run away from the batter. The way you grip the baseball for a two- seam fastball is shown in the picture below.

The third fastball grip is called the split finger. The spilt finger fastball is effective pitch to induce groundball situations. By creating these groundball situation you can limit your pitch count, which in turn helps save your arm as the game goes along. The split finger has late downward action causing the baseballs to miss solid contact from hitters. The way you grip a spilt finger fastball is shown in the picture below.

The final fastball grip is called the cut fastball. This pitch get its name from the cutting action on the baseball when the pitch is thrown effectively. The cut fastball has left to right movement or right to left movement depending on whether you are a left handed pitcher or a right handed pitcher. This pitch is effective in jam the hitters to create broken bats or weak contact resulting in easy outs. The way you grip a cut fastball is shown in the picture below.

Now it your turn. Work on these grip to work them into your arsenal that you might become a more effective pitcher in the years to come. Attached at the bottom will be more additional resources on the different type of fastballs. Enjoy putting in the work.