Strategies to Help You Succeed As a Catcher in Baseball Training

July 27, 2009


Catchers don’t just catch the ball in baseball training; instead, lots of them have assignments when the ball is hit. Most of the time, the catcher does guard the plate, true. However, on bunts and pop-ups, the catcher’s play becomes really important. In any case, he must his mask off and get the ball as quickly as possible.

If he’s going to field the bunt, the presumably right-handed catcher is going to go to the left of the ball so that he can throw it quickly when he gets it. If the ball is still moving when the catcher gets to it, simply putting the glove down to further to stop it and then scooping it up with his glove and bare hand for the pickup will work. If the ball has already stopped moving, the catcher can pick up the ball with his bare hand.

“Catching the ball with your nose”

With pop-ups, the catcher needs to get on the ball as quickly as possible and be sitting there waiting for it when the ball comes down. Sharp undercuts to the ball cause pop-ups to the catcher, so the ball is spinning at a very great speed. This spin is going to make the ball go in one direction or another, but usually it’s going to go in the direction of the infield. The catcher has to be careful of this when the ball comes down and not try to catch it with his arms fully out, or he won’t be able to get it because his arms will be too “short.”

Instead of letting the ball floor out of reach like that, the catcher needs to “keep his nose right underneath it.” As the pros say, “Catch the ball with your nose.” Blinking rapidly as you follow the downward flight of the ball is good, too, because this helps prevent what are called “blind staggers.” If pop-ups go behind the catcher, the undercut of the bat often causes a spin that makes the ball curve as it travels upward.

In general, the ball is going to go toward the batter if he undercuts an outside pitch and away from him if the pitch is an inside pitch. Therefore, if the ball goes over the catcher’s left shoulder, turning to the right to go back and under will put him in the best position to catch it. This is because in that case, generally, the ball will be curving toward him, which will make catching it much easier. If the ball goes up and over his right shoulder, the catcher needs to turn left to go get it.

Covering third base as a catcher

There are three times in baseball catching when the catcher covers third base. First and most importantly, it’s in bunt defense with a runner on first base. In that case, the catcher goes into the diamond on the bunt, but if the third baseman is fielding the ball, he goes to his left and goes to third. If he doesn’t go to third, that base will be opened and the runner going from first to second can keep going to third.

Occasionally, catchers will also find themselves on third during a run between home and third. Again, the catcher will go to third when both the second baseman and shortstop are chasing a pop fly directly behind second with runners on base. In that case, third baseman takes second, and the pitcher covers home base. Catchers often also back up first when bases are empty and the batter hits a grounder to the infield. This is especially important if the game is close. To make this type of play, the catcher needs to start running as soon as the bat hits and go for a spot at least 20 feet to the foul side of first base. This way the catcher and the ball get to the same place at about the same time in the catcher can either hold the runner on first base or get him as he goes into second base, trying to move from first to second.

All baseball catchers have to be thoroughly educated on the techniques and skills required.

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