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03
2020

How to Throw a Cutter

Welcome to Part 6 of our “How to Throw” series! In our final segment, we will conclude with a discussion and analysis of cutters. Overview of a Cutter A cutter—also known as a “cut-fastball”—is a pitch that is thrown at a high velocity and moves with sharp, horizontal movement, or cutting action.  T...

06
21
2020

How to Throw a Slider

Welcome to Part 5 of our “How to Throw” series: How to Throw a Slider. In this segment, we are going to cover sliders, the breaking ball best known as one of the nastiest (and most valuable) pitches in baseball. We’ll analyze why sliders move so effectively and detail different grips that you can ex...

06
17
2020

How to Throw a Curveball

Welcome to Part 4 of our “How to Throw” series. In this post, we’ll be discussing curveballs, one of the most popular breaking pitches. The following information will serve as a guide and provide details helping you to create a quality curveball of your own. Overview of a Curveball A curveball is a...

06
15
2020

How to Throw a Changeup

Welcome to Part 3 of our “How to Throw” series! If you’ve read the previous blogs, we bet you’re excited to begin learning about off-speed and breaking pitches. This post teaches how to throw the changeup—most pitchers’ go-to off-speed pitch. We’ll provide you with the core information on what a cha...

06
04
2020

How to Throw a Sinker or Two-Seam Fastball

Welcome to Part 2 of our “How to Throw” blog series! In this piece we’ll dissect the differences among two pitches that commonly overlap with one another and detail how to craft each depending on the type of movement you may be trying to create. Sinker / Two-Seam FB Overview Along with four-seamers,...

06
02
2020

How to Throw a Four-Seam Fastball

At Driveline, we have been fortunate to collect a large database of grip options, classified by pitch type, to help us identify potential adjustments and find the grip that “feels right” to our athletes. While the ideal grip varies from person to person, it is often the case that athletes are genera...

09
12
2019

Bauer Units, Pitch Movement, and Evaluating Pitches

At Driveline, Bauer Units have been used as a reference during pitch design since the pitch tracking technology such as the Rapsodo started to appear in 2016. We introduced Bauer Units in our original piece on spin rate and followed up with another article to define them more clearly. In this piece,...

07
30
2019

Validating Rapsodo 2.0: Pitch Design Made Easier

As player development in baseball continues to rapidly evolve, the demand from coaches and facility owners to integrate sophisticated, reliable, and affordable technology into their players’ training plans has never been higher. In recent years, many products have entered the marketplace attempting...

03
04
2019

A Deeper Dive into Offspeed Pitches: Pitch Classification

After looking further into fastballs, now is a good time to look deeper at offspeed pitches—particularly curveballs and sliders. We’ve talked before that one of the key parts of an offspeed pitch is how the spin of the pitch aligns with the axis. If using a device like a Rapsodo, this shows up as us...