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2 Seamer Tips

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A good 2 seamer with run and sink can be filthy.  This pitch usually works well to a pitcher’s arm side, but we do spend a lot of time training our pitchers to throw it to their glove side as well.  For some, this pitch is going to take several years to master, but if they start working on it when they are younger, they should have a better feel for it when they are older.

Tips for the 2 Seamer

  • Practice, Practice, Practice.  This is a total feel pitch.  It can be a great pitch if you can master it.  If not, it’s just a slower fastball.
  • More finger pressure on the index finger.
  • Some of the 3/4 or sidearm guys will actually use their middle finger to put more pressure on the ball.
  • Early pronation.
  • For throwing glove side – stride a little towards your glove side, but stay closed with your shoulders just like you would when throwing arm side.
  • Turn your wrist slightly to give it the same angle that it would be at if you were throwing with a 3/4 arm slot.  It may feel a little weird at first, but it works.  We do this with a lot of our pitchers who throw from over the top.
  • Get extended!!!  Throw the heck out of it.  Watch as explosive the big leaguers get as they release the ball.  Too many younger players will be way too passive with this pitch.  Get extended and finish the pitch.

Now That We Have a 2 Seamer, How Should We Use It

If It’s a Good 2 Seamer, Throw it Everywhere

Seriously.  If you have an awesome 2-seamer, you will get outs with this pitch inside, outside, up and down in the zone.  Just watch some video of Bartolo Colon.  If it’s not an awesome 2 seamer, you have to be much smarter with it.

Throw it Arm Side

A good 2 seamer is going to have some arm side run and sink.  Some pitchers have more sink and others have more run, so learn how to work with what you have.  Either way, you’re going to get more movement naturally to your arm side.  Glove side is harder. 

Whether you are a RHP or a LHP, you’re going to be either running it into a batter or away from them.  It can be very effective both ways, so getting arm side command is important.

Work on Throwing it to Your Glove Side

When you throw to your glove side, it can be a lot more challenging.  One, it’s harder to get it to move.  Two, if you have good movement and you don’t get it in enough, that ball will run back towards the middle of the plate and it may get hit really far.   Getting run and sink to your glove side is very advanced.  We teach it to our pitchers, but it isn’t easy.

Most pitchers that use the 2 seamer to their glove side, will do so for an inside pitch, so this is a lefty for a RHP and a righty for a LHP.  Trying to throw this pitch outside can be challenging because the ball will be running back toward the hitter.  Stay on the corner and it can be effective.  Find more of the middle of the plate and you can get yourself into trouble.

Throw it Down in the Zone

You are usually going to get your best movement with this pitch down in the zone.  It’s a great pitch to throw to get ground balls.  With a good 2-seamer, you will get plenty of strikeouts also.  Keep it down in the zone and use your defense.

MLB 2 Seamer Videos

Bartolo Colon is awesome.  He has one of the best 2 seamers on the planet.

Gred Maddux had a filthy 2 seamer.  He throws several of them in this video clip.