The low velocity at which Bill threw is unheard of in today’s game. But that lower velocity came about from less spin which plays well for a 2 seam fastball or sinker. As mentioned before, the 4 seam fastball is a pitch thrown when throwing a strike is critical to best switch hitters of all time the pitcher’s count. One benefit of a four-seam fastball is that it is easy to spot because it has no movement. If you are behind in the count and need a strike, this is a great pitch to use. A risk with throwing the four-seam fastball is that it has no movement.

Remember, it is important to develop your fastball early and often. When you pitch to contact that will help your defense make more plays and, ultimately, help you win more ball games. Throw the ball with great speed and boost it by adding a backspin.

It provides the foundation for everything else he does on the mound. It doesn’t matter if a pitcher’s fastball maxes out in the low-80s or hits triple digits – the ability to throw it for strikes is the key to success. However, as with all off-speed pitches, the arm speed and mechanics of your pitching delivery have to be the same as your fastball.

Another more advanced variation of the curveball is the knuckle curveball . Thrown the same way as my beginners curveball only you’ll tuck your finger back into the seam of the ball. Your knuckle will now point to your target instead of your index finger .

However, be sure to remember that most batters out there aren’t professionals. An amateur pitcher could very easily pick up the 2 seamer and reap the benefits of having non-professional hitters hit the top half of the ball and create easy ground outs for your infielders. If you are blowing it by batters with ease, then definitely throw the 4 seamer (if hitters can’t keep up with your velocity, chances are that you have already been implementing a 4 seam fastball). However, if you throw a little softer, then consider adding the 2 seamer to your pitch repertoire.

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