In the long history of baseball, the pitcher has always been the most important player on the field. A good pitcher keeps his team in the game by making it hard for the opposing team to score. However, it’s difficult for most teams to find a “good pitcher.” That’s because there are more than ten pitches that need to be mastered. And most pitchers are only able to control two or three of them. This article describes the “types of pitches in baseball” currently being used by players and shows you how to throw them.
The simple truth is that once you learn what different pitches do when they near the plate and how you can release them to get a desired movement, you will be a pitcher that hitters fear.
It’s going to take lots of practice and hard work, but once you understand how to throw a specific pitch and you work on “developing your ability” to do it properly, you will be able to make the successful transition from “thrower to pitcher.”
Here is everything you need to know …
The Following Ten Pitches - Are Surprisingly Easy To Master
Good pitchers are made, not born. You can learn how to throw the pitches described below by following the simple instructions. You’re going to discover that it’s easier than you may think to become a very good pitcher.
It all starts with the following …
The 4-Seam Fastball
This is the pitch used by “power pitchers.” It is thrown with more speed than any other pitch. In fact, top major league pitchers can reach speeds up to 100 mph or higher with this “4-seamer.”
When thrown properly, the ball rotates backward, a motion that keeps the ball moving in a straight path. The ball will move slightly to the left or the right when it reaches the plate.
Here are two more great pitches …
The 2-Seam Fastball With “Sinking” Motion
This pitch requires a different grip by the pitcher than the one used for the 4-seam fastball. It is actually gripped on the seams (a length-wise grip) instead of across the seams. The result of this “changed grip” is that the ball actually plummets (drops) as it nears the plate.
This downward motion occurs because of the way the air passes over the seams. Additionally, the ball tends to move in toward a right-handed batter and away from a left-handed batter. The ball is also thrown at an average 1-3 mph slower than a 4-seam fastball.
The 2-Seam Fastball That “Runs”
This pitch utilizes the same grip and throwing motion as the 2-seam fastball that sinks. However, some pitchers simply can’t get a ball to sink. When they throw the ball, it tends to “run” as it reaches the plate. That means it moves in toward a right-handed batter or away from a left-handed batter when thrown by a right-handed pitcher. This pitch, like the one that sinks, is hard to hit, even for the best offensive players.
Now, here are two more pitches that can help turn a “thrower into a pitcher” …
The Cut Fastball
When this pitch is thrown it looks like a slider to the batter because of the spin on the ball. But, it actually has less spin and a different movement when it reaches the plate. The truth is that this pitch moves just a few inches to left when the pitcher is right-handed. And, unlike the slider, it arrives at high speed because it is, after all, a fastball.
In fact, while slower than a 4-seam fastball, the cut fastball is thrown 5-8 mph faster than a slider.
this very effective pitch “slides and sinks” when it reaches the plate. It actually breaks as much as 3” to 6” to the left (when the pitcher is right-handed) and plunges, as well. The pitch is known for its very tight spinning motion and for the fact that it is released at a speed that is 9-12 mph slower than a 4—seam fastball.
That difference in speed makes this pitch very difficult to hit. Batters often are “out in front” when they swing at this pitch. That means they start swinging too soon.
Here Are 5 More Pitches - You Need To Know How To Throw
The following pitches are easy to learn and can help you to elevate your skill level so that players and coaches alike “sit up and take notice” …
when you learn to throw this pitch, you will become a star. Why … because it features an amazing 12-6 break when it reaches the plate. If you think in terms of a clock, it starts at 12 noon and plummets to 6 PM as it crosses the plate. And that makes this a hard-to-hit pitch.
A variation of this pitch is the knuckle curveball. It features the same “straight” spinning motion, but is thrown 5-8 mph slower and be even harder to hit than the standard curveball.
this is a kind of “hybrid” pitch that features elements of the curveball and the slider. It also features a big downward break that on a clock would look like 11 AM to 4 PM or 12 Noon to 5 PM. Pitchers that throw the slurve release it at about the same speed at which the curveball is thrown.
this change-in-speed pitch is used to fool hitters by throwing off their timing. It features the same spin as a fastball, but is released at a speed that is generally 8-15 mph slower than an average fastball.
many pitchers consider this to be their “out” pitch. That’s because it looks “hittable” when nearing the plate, but “dives into the dirt” at the last instant. And that makes it very difficult to hit. The pitch can be thrown fast or slow. If thrown correctly, it will always “fall off the table” when the batter commits to his swing.
The Knuckle Ball
this pitch is thrown at very low speed with little or no spin or rotation. That makes its flight unpredictable to the hitter and the catcher. The ball actually tends to “flutter” or sail or sink in ways that fool the hitter. It is a difficult pitch to recognize when it leaves the pitcher’s hand and it is definitely a hard pitch to hit.
That’s it …the ten most popular and best-known pitches used by baseball players at every level. Of course, there have been other pitches that were popular in pas eras, such as the screwball and the forkball, but the pitches described in this article are those that all young performers need to master.
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