Pitch Grips: Cut Fastballs
Cut-fastballs move opposite of two-seam fastballs, to the glove side of the pitcher. The amount of movement can vary with some cutters moving more horizontally and others both horizontally and downwards.
The cut-fastball grip is similar to a four-seam fastball grip, with the fingers closer together or touching. The movement comes from a difference in wrist or hand action.
Instead of trying to throw straight through the ball, try and throw through the side of the baseball, creating a cut. This means that the ball doesn’t spin straight backwards like a four-seam fastball; rather, it spins backwards with some side spin.
Pitch Grips: Fastballs
The four-seam fastball is traditionally the first pitch that every baseball player learns. By putting your index and middle fingers across the four seams of the horseshoe, you get the fastest and straightest pitch a pitcher can throw. Four-seam ...
Pitch Grips: Changeups
Changeups are intended to be slower than fastballs, often having downwards or down and arm-side run. Changeups also spin slower than fastballs, meaning they have a lower spin rate. The changeup grip can vary a lot, from circle-change grips to ...
Pitch Grips: 2-Seam Fastballs
Two-seam fastballs are often classified by their movement to the pitcher’s arm side and some possible downward sink. They can pair with a straight four-seam fastball to either get a hitter to swing overtop of the two-seam or for them to get on top ...
Pitch Grips: Splitters
Splitters are similar in nature to changeups. Based off of a wide grip with two fingers, splitters spin significantly less than fastballs, resulting in downward movement and occasional side movement. Because of the wide grip, pitchers are going to ...
Pitch Grips: Sliders
Sliders are designed to get many swings-and-misses as well a poor contact. The velocity can vary but the movement is similar to a cut-fastball, only more pronounced. A good slider moves downward and to a pitcher’s glove side. The slider grip can ...