Pick-Off Moves To Third Base

  • Last updated Dec. 17, 2016
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Pick off moves to 3rd base are not that difficult to execute and are very effective versus aggressive runners.

A. The Drift Move. From set position (RHP only)

This is a called, “set” play between the RHP and 3rd baseman. The pitcher comes to his normal set position looking right at the runner at 3rd. On the lead leg lift, the pitcher looks at the plate and lets his body drift forward. At the last second, he strides within the 45 degree angle line and makes a side arm throw to third. The 3rd baseman breaks to the base on the pitcher’s leg lift.

B. The 1-3 Move

The pitcher must quickly step back off the rubber before feinting a throw to 1st. After a good hard fake throwing motion to 1st, wheel around to the glove side and throw overhand to 3rd.

C. Flap Play to 3rd from Wind Up (LHP only)

The LHP takes his normal sign taking stance with the hands together in front of the chest. Look at the catcher’s mitt for location. When the catcher drops the mitt, step directly towards 3rd with the free foot and throw with the normal throwing motion. The pitcher does not have to step back with the pivot foot first.

The 3rd baseman breaks to the base any time after the pitcher gets in his ready position. The catcher flashes his mitt on the 3rd basemen’s break.

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One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching.

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