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In this installment of the Art of Catching instructional series, ex-Major Leaguer Brent Mayne demonstrates the proper mechanics involved in throwing out potential base stealers.
This clip thoroughly explains a catcher's priorities as they relate to throwing, handwork and exchange, footwork and balance, and timing. It also includes game speed and super slow motion examples.
This video is guaranteed to improve your caught stealing percentage, decrease your "pop" times, make you a more effective all around catcher, and let you have more fun playing or coaching the game of baseball. Appropriate for baseball/softball catchers and coaches of all levels, from Little League to the Big Leagues. Enjoy.
THROWING OUT BASERUNNERS FOR BASEBALL CATCHERS
1. Opening discussion (sub 2 second "pop time")
2. Throwing priorities
B. Timing & Quickness
3. Handwork & Exchange
A. Let the ball travel
B. Whipping glove up to ear (over-rotation)
C. Arm Arc
A. Proper direction
B. Come out low (in legs)
C. The "X" Factor
A. Syncing left foot with right hand
B. Starting "on time"
C. Throwing from a position of balance and power
6. Conclusion (game speed example)
7. Slow Motion Views