Don’t Get Back Picked From the Catcher
When leading off 2nd base, we have to make sure we get back hard after our secondary. Otherwise, this may happen with a star catcher.
The 2 Main Moves You Are Going To See From PItchers Picking Off to 2nd Base
The inside move is very common and good pitchers will utilize this to make it harder for us to steal 3rd base. A good move will look similar to how they deliver the pitch to home plate. A bad move will look completely different. However, sometimes a runner will get off too big and then a quick inside move works great. For the most part though, if a pitcher has an inside move that looks the same as his leg lift when he goes to the plate, it’s much harder to steal off this pitcher.
In this clip, this runner is going on the leg lift. This is why we mix in some inside moves. When a pitcher does this, we won’t be as aggressive.
The Glove Side Pick
This is super quick and very effective when a runner is off just a little too far. It’s a quick move and when done correctly, you can pick off a lot of runners.
Know Where the Outfielders Are
This is easy to do. When you are standing on the base, take a quick look so you can have an idea where the outfielders are playing. This will help you score on a blooper or line drive just out of the infield.
Freeze on Line Drives
You are in scoring position. This is so important. Freeze on low line drives so you don’t get doubled up. If you read the line drive over your head and you know where the outfielders are, you may not have to freeze on these, but you definitely have to freeze on the low line drives in that will be caught by an infielder if they are hit right at one of them.
Anything on the Ground on the Right Side – Just Go
On ground balls to the right side of the infield, you are going.
Reading Ground Ball on the Left Side
Balls on the left side of the infield are a little bit tougher for the base runner. We need to read these ground balls. If the ball is in front of you and at the shortstop or 3rd baseman, we aren’t going anywhere. At the lower levels, we will usually advance on the throw when the ball is hit at the 3rd baseman. As you get to the higher levels, we’re not advancing on the throw unless you are very fast.
The tricky part about the ground balls to the left side is that on the slow ones and the ones in the hole, we want to be able to advance a base. Reading in the hole can be tricky because if the shortstop fields the ball, his only play is probably 3rd base and you just made it easy for him by running, so you need to make sure the ball is going to get through. A good 3rd base coach will help you here, but being able to read this play is important.
You don’t really tag up from 2nd base that often, however, on balls hit to right field, especially deeper right field, we are going to tag up and go to 3rd base on this.
Scoring on Base Hits
Be prepared to run hard and take a good turn around 3rd base. Touch the inside part of the bag and be ready for a coach to slam on the brakes. 3rd base coaches will often send, then stop to draw a throw so the hitter can take an extra base and end up on 2nd base. At the high school level on down, outfielders overthrow their cutoff man all the time, so if you can draw a throw here, you can usually end up with runners on 2nd and 3rd, which is great. If the coach doesn’t hold you up, plan on sprinting in and get ready to slide into home plate. Feet first into home.