Practice Pitching to Counts

For the growth of young pitchers, it is imperative they practice what pitches to throw in different counts--specifically when they are behind or ahead in the count. The "Go-to" Pitch Pitchers must work to develop and master a "go-to" pitch, a pitch you can throw anytime for a strike. When you get behind in the count 2-0, 2-1 or 3-1, you must have that type of pitch to prevent big innings and give your team a chance to win because hitters will know that you have a strike pitch and will be ready to hit. If you can include great location on this pitch, you will give yourself and the 8 players behind you an opportunity to make a play.

The "Out" Pitch When pitchers are ahead in the count 0-2 or 1-2, they need a pitch that will put hitters away more often than not. You practice that pitch by experimenting with grips, arm angles, spin and hand speed to come up with an "out" pitch that will control hitters' bat speed, making them more likely to strike out or hit the ball weakly.