Improve Your Value As a Pitcher

As a pitcher you must be prepared in any given situation. You should know as soon as the ball is hit, what to do or where to go. As much as you need to know this information, and it should become habitual, it is crucial not to spend too much time learning to field your position or working on your pick-off moves. Here are some basic guidelines to follow:

The basic backup drills you will need to practice are:

  • Ball hit with runner on first: You should back up third base
  • Ball hit with runner on second: Back up home
  • Ball hit with two runners on: Back up wherever you feel the ball is going to be thrown. Just use common sense and judge where you will be needed in case of an overthrow.
  • Covering first on a double play: If there is a man on first and the first baseman is pulled off the bag to make the double play you will cover first.
  • Ball is hit to the right side: Anytime the ball is hit to the right side, you immediately cover first base. Before you make a dead sprint to the bag, run toward the foul line two-thirds of the way to the bag. Run along the inside of the foul line, catch the ball on the run (with one hand), touch the base and immediately remove your foot from the bag to avoid contact with the runner. If you beat the throw drag your right foot on the bag to ensure the out is made.

It is important that you work on this pitching drill with your first baseman until it feels very natural for the both of you.

  • How to make a play when a line drive is hit back to you: The best way to teach a pitcher how to protect himself and make the play here is to help him understand the mechanics of his follow through. The Glove arm always stays in front of the pitcher after the ball is thrown. Square up your shoulders and do your best to make the play.
  • Bunt plays to all the bases: These are very important. This should be a sure out regardless of how many runners are on the bases. Let’s say there’s a man on first and second. Cover the right side; you want to think about getting the lead runner in this situation; however a sure bet is going to be pivoting and throwing it to first base. Again, use common sense. In many cases when a pitcher gets to aggressive with his throws, always trying for the lead runner, he gets himself into more trouble with fewer outs.

Good Luck and Play Ball!

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Camwood Speed ‘n Hands Drill #4: Pipe

Here’s the next training installment for Camwood Training Bats which integrate the overload training weight into a wooden bat right at the hands where it is needed to both reinforce proper mechanics and improve bat speed.

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Play Infield Like a Dirtdog

Here are 9 tips for becoming a better infielder:

1. Know the situation (Where to throw it and why.) and get into an athletic position
while ‘shading the hitter based on the pitch and the batter.
2. Assume the “ready position” when the pitcher releases the ball.
3. Run or shuffle feet to get in front of ground ball.
4. Count the hops.
5. Stay low with glove outstretched and elbow slightly flexed. Field from the
ground, up.
6. Move through the ball as you field it. (Don’t stop moving your feet.)
7. Keep feet moving while getting into the throwing position.
8. Throw with a 4-seam grip.
9. Walk behind the ball after your throw. (Throw low and hard.)

Good Luck and Play Ball!

Camwood Speed ‘n Hands Drill #3: Weight Shift

Here’s a new product that I have discovered: Camwood Training Bats which integrate the overload training weight into a wooden bat right at the hands where it is needed to both reinforce proper mechanics and improve bat speed.

These are training bats that college and major league hitters actually use, NOT to be confused with the weighted bats used for limbering up in the on-deck circle. A great tool for players from high school onwards to use based on the new NCAA/NFHS BBCOR regulations that make non-wood bats play like wooden ones.

  • Develop More Baseball Hitting Power
  • Only Wood Training Bat You Can Hit With
  • Quicker Hand Speed
  • Create a Flatter Bat
  • Learn to Keep the Hands Inside the Ball

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Camwood Speed ‘n Hands Drill #2: No Feet, No Shoulders

Here’s a new product that I have discovered: Camwood Training Bats which integrate the overload training weight into a wooden bat right at the hands where it is needed to both reinforce proper mechanics and improve bat speed.

These are training bats that college and major league hitters actually use, NOT to be confused with the weighted bats used for limbering up in the on-deck circle. A great tool for players from high school onwards to use based on the new NCAA/NFHS BBCOR regulations that make non-wood bats play like wooden ones.

  • Develop More Baseball Hitting Power
  • Only Wood Training Bat You Can Hit With
  • Quicker Hand Speed
  • Create a Flatter Bat
  • Learn to Keep the Hands Inside the Ball

Check it out!

Camwood Speed ‘n Hands Drill #1: Grip & Stance

 

Here’s a new product that I have discovered: Camwood Training Bats which integrate the overload training weight into a wooden bat right at the hands where it is needed to both reinforce proper mechanics and improve bat speed.

These are training bats that college and major league hitters actually use, NOT to be confused with the weighted bats used for limbering up in the on-deck circle. A great tool for players from high school onwards to use based on the new NCAA/NFHS BBCOR regulations that make non-wood bats play like wooden ones.

  • Develop More Baseball Hitting Power
  • Only Wood Training Bat You Can Hit With
  • Quicker Hand Speed
  • Create a Flatter Bat
  • Learn to Keep the Hands Inside the Ball

Check it out!