Set of Exercises to Improve the Movement Mechanics of Baseball Pitchers

Set of Exercises to Improve the Movement Mechanics of Baseball Pitchers
  • Keep in mind that anyone can miss a pitch or game, but that does not mean you should consider yourself a loser, remember that fear impedes judgment. You need to get used to acting without fear of performance and concentrate on your next performance. Adjust the excitement to the desired levels through breathing and visualizing your ultimate success in the box.

Set of Exercises to Improve the Movement Mechanics of Baseball Pitchers


  • There are pitchers who arrive at the two strikes and they do not know how to finish a batter; However, achieving that does not require having a perfect pitch: to finish the batter, do not shoot, rather concentrate and be aggressive, using your best low-zone submission.
  • For many, there is an Inning in the game that represents a problem: the first, the fifth and the ninth. As for the first inning, it is valid to perform a preparation from the bullpen that stimulates an adequate mental state and good behavior. At the end of the warm-up, make a positive “imaginary pitching” and go after the first batter forcing the count. The fifth inning is that it makes the game official, but it should not be seen as a goal: your attention should not be focused on this but on the next pitch. The ninth inning is for the closers.
  • The pitcher must know that he is the only offensive player in the field, because he drives and the batter reacts; therefore it is imperative that the pitcher knows himself, his strengths and weaknesses, the ability he has to make the necessary adjustments to look for the target aggressively, but with control and based on the knowledge he has about the batter. Be open to learning and assimilate possible solutions instead of emphasizing the problem.
  • It is important that the pitcher includes in his project or goal to attack the area to revert the count in his favor and finish the batters, strike out the punches and not try to strike out: give the value of the outs for connections that may lead to a record if they are from rollyng, fly, strong connections, etc., because the outs define the game.
  • When a pitcher is told about perspectives, they must know how to develop them instead of imagining them; but he must be patient despite his aspirations because serenity is synonymous with self-control in these cases. You should think positively about how to perform well and not that everything will go well for your satisfaction and desire. When the pressure produced by external and internal factors appears, it is advisable to get out of the throwing gum, breathe deeply, relax your muscles, direct your attention to one of the bases, schedule your work and return to the mound to concentrate on the target.
  • When you select the launch, take responsibility for it, execute it aggressively and analyze it outside the table, but if it is indicated by the bank or by the receiver, be responsible because the correct launch is the one carried out with commitment, confidence, concentration, and strength, since this (not always) gives rise to outs and outs to scones. Do your job thinking about the next shipment, not the consequences or the score.
  • The strike should be launched aggressive and with the best throw to get up on the scoreboard and get out the batter, not to avoid the base on balls or the urge to do so. You must trust that you can do it, concentrating on the target with relaxed intensity and throwing through the target instead of the target. Keep a pitching rhythm in the area and know how to recognize when hurriedly hurling, when things go wrong, when and how to slow down to make the necessary adjustments and go to meet the effective release.
  • To be aggressive is to be sure and confident to go over the batter, not to avoid contact, but to be in the area and with the pitch that the pitcher selects, that the action of the batter is a reaction of the intention of the pitcher, valuing the outs of rolling more than the punches, because the fewer the pitches you use looking for the count to get out, the more economic your performance will be.
  • The pitcher must have a good working relationship with the catcher, as they have to share their strategic interests and behavior patterns, pace of work, body language, etc., as well as confer between innings to maintain the agreement to assume their responsibility instead to blame the receiver for something that went wrong.
  • The decisions of the referees should not change their pitching strategy. The pitcher should not expect him to decide in his favor and also not control the referee’s count, unexpected decisions can frustrate the mental attitude of the pitcher, who must execute the next pitch effectively. Self-discipline increases efficiency and eliminates the self-destructive behavior since good mental discipline controls the external and internal factors that can affect the work of a pitcher.
  • The pitcher must self-assess, because he must understand that he has many dimensions as an individual, beyond being an athlete, so he has to strive to be more versatile and value other cases besides baseball.

Useful tips for the launcher

  • 1. Try to always mark the first strike.

  • 2. Important to take the first out of the entrance.

  • 3. Do not neglect any batter no matter how weak.

  • 4. Whenever you have the count favorable to you and you are going to throw a ball throw, do it over the area attached to the batter.

  • 5. When a partner makes a mistake, no matter how expensive it may be, help him, show him confidence in him, do not criticize him.

  • 6. Try to master at least one pitch, with which to strike

  • 7. With a favorable hitter count, shoot break releases, or your preferred throw.

  • 8. When you perform your special warm-up, detect which release has better that day

  • 9. If he is taken out of the game, wait for the relay, he comes to help him, encourage him.

  • 10. When you finish your entry, focus on the first batter who will open the next one, think about what pitch he can take out, which he has already hit, and warm up before starting, warm up that pitch and think positively.

  • 11. Think ahead of what zone you are going to throw.

  • 12. Do not pull, change of speed to lose batters.

  • 13. Use your back to take care of injuries and you can pull harder

  • 14. Do not remove the ball to strike, lose coordination.

  • 15. Always work on control. Think

  • 16. Do not try to strike out a batter until you have it in two strikes.

  • 17. Force the batter to try to hit his best pitch.

  • 18. Take good care of the runners.

  • 19. Trust yourself, and your companions.

  • 20. Respect your director, assistant, and coaches.

  • 21. The day before launch does not worry, think positively, that game is the same as any other, it is the same at the beginning, or at the end of the championship.

  • 22. Whenever you are going to make a roll to another partner, think once or twice about where you are going to shoot as this makes you develop tactical thinking, something fundamental in a good pitcher.

  • 23. Never think you can not get a batter, self-confidence and the belief that you can win will help you win, the batter is one and you have (8) more partners, the defense.

  • 24. Develop psychological spheres, such as:

  • The Cognitive (memory, thought, imagination, representation)

  • The Affective (emotions, feeling, mood, passions).

  • The Motivations (motive, needs, inclinations, interests). The Volitives (value, decision, self-denial, effort).

  • Educational psycho-social ( values , convictions, ideological, patriotic and moral ).

  • Interlacing these psychological spheres strengthen us integrally and shape us for life and sports.

25 – Control your pre-start your emotional state is decisive in the victory. 26 – Before a defeat, do not stop training, make it stronger and think more positively and you will see the result.

Jim Traitor , in the year 1972, in his: Complete Book of Baseball, states: “The mature pitcher does not pour everything in each fastball he throws, most of these at 90% of total speed approximately, the pitcher will find that he will be able to control the ball better and return to his fastball when he needs it … “