8 Tips For Pitching Inside To Hitters

  • Last updated Dec. 17, 2016
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ATTENTION PITCHERS: 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. If you believe adding velocity could be critical to your success, check out my proven programs for pitchers of all ages.

1. Pitching in on hitters
A. Many pitchers are reluctant to pitch inside to a hitter because they might hit them, but if a pitcher can pitch inside, he’ll be much more effective. 
B. Learn to concentrate on an inside target at the knee or hip area. There is a big open area at those spots. When a pitcher throws up and in, the pitcher sees elbows and arms, so there is a tendency to get the ball out over the plate too much.
C. A pitcher can not worry about hitting a batter. The batter has to watch out for himself. 
D. It is more effective for a hard thrower to pitch inside than a pitcher with an average fastball.

2. General rules for pitching inside or outside:
A. When ahead in the count pitch inside, since the batter is more protective and probably will wait longer with an inside-out swing. 
B. When behind in the count, pitch on the outside 1/3. The hitter will usually try to muscle up and pull the ball more. 
C. On an 0-2 count to a good hitter, pitch him on the low-outside corner. 
D. IF you can’t throw hard, don’t pitch inside often for strikes.

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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.

If you believe adding velocity could be critical to your success, check out my proven programs for pitchers of all ages.

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