By Inez Alston. Baseball Gear. Published at Wednesday, May 09th, 2018 - 22:48:26 PM.
Professional pitchers are known for throwing around 70 to 75 percent first-pitch strikes in game. Every pitcher should try to reach this level of efficiency because it will make it easier to control at-bats. Now that you have successfully entered the 0-1 count, you will have a little leeway on what types of pitches to throw, and where you would like to locate them. The number one strategy in this pitch count is to get another strike on the batter. However, this doesn’t mean that you throw a meaty fastball down the middle of the plate.
Youth Throwing Drills the most basic of all youth baseball drills, and many instructors feel that it is the most important fundamental of all. It is vital for parents to make sure that their children develop proper throwing techniques from the time they can throw a baseball, around the age of eight or so. The importance of throwing a baseball with proper grip can not be overestimated. Youth throwing drills must emphasize four important elements: Throw the ball by gripping it with the index finger and middle finger on the ball; point your shoulder opposite from your throwing hand in the direction of your target; step in the direction of your target when you release the ball; and follow through after you release the ball with your back leg so that both legs are parallel upon the completion of the throw.
Within the 0-2 count, a pitcher can throw any pitch that he thinks will either produce an easy out or a strikeout. The best 0-2 pitches you can throw are ones that appear to be a strike, but are only inches away from the strike zone. This is because umpires will typically give pitchers a strike in 0-2 count if it’s close to the plate, and it should be just far enough to where the batter will have a difficult time making contact. The best strikeout pitches are a high fastball out the zone, a sharp breaking slider away, and a curveball in the dirt because batters are known for chasing this pitch. Follow these baseball pitching strategies, and you are guaranteed to dominate batters at all levels of competition.
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