Catchers tipping pitches? Improving catcher skills for youth baseball.


When we think about tipping pitches, we normally
think of the pitcher, but catchers often tip pitches as well. Up next, how to know what pitch is coming
by watching the catcher. Most baseball fans know that pitchers can
sometime tip their pitches. Tipping pitches simply means that the pitcher
is unknowingly doing something that tips the hitter so he knows what pitch will be thrown. Today we are talking about catchers. Watching the video, have you been able yet
to spot how this catcher is tipping the pitch? Catchers have to be ready to block balls in
the dirt, especially with runners on base. If a fastball is coming, however, a catcher
will not typically prepare to block this pitch because fastballs shouldn’t need to be blocked. On many off speed pitches, however, the catcher
is anticipating the need to block as these pitches will often tail down into the dirt
before reaching the catcher.. What will happen is that a catcher will set
up differently if he anticipates that he might need to block the ball. Here is the connecticut catcher during the
2017 Little League World Series. He was a very good catcher, one of the best
in 2017, who had great blocking and receiving skills. But as you watch every pitch of the first
inning during their first game it doesn’t take long to be able to predict if a fastball
will be thrown or not simply based on the catchers set up. So, did you see what the catcher is doing? Every time a fast ball is coming he will set
up like this…. If it’s a potential blocked ball, he sets
up like this. There was only one change-up in the mix and
the catcher did not set up to block that one, so it’s not a foolproof pick, but the hitters,
if alerted, will have a huge advantage. After all, the fastball was 67/68 and the
curve was 51/52. That’s a 16 MPH off speed change! Fortunately for this catcher during this series,
Little League Rules had just added a rule in 2017 that relaying pitches to batters is
now illegal and the penalty is severe. It’s unlikely that this played a negative
affect for this team, and like I said, this catcher was unmistakably one of the best youth
catchers you will see at this level. However, if he plays in any other league,
this will eventually get noticed and teams will take advantage of it. This catcher can fix the problem in a couple
of ways. Here is video of the Mets catcher’s. He sets up differently and is telegraphing
off speed pitches as well, but he will wait to get to that position until it’s too late
for the hitter to know. The down side of shuffling into position late
is that some pitchers will have a harder time throwing to a target that moves late, so working
with pitchers on your timing will be important. He can also deek the hitter by setting up
for a curveball when a fastball is coming. If no runners are on base, he can also set
up for a fastball when a curve is coming. It will only take a few misreads by the offense
to stop them from relaying your pitches. If the opposing teams hitters don’t feel
confident in the system, they will ignore it at best and at worst their hitters will
be tentative and unable to hit anything. What are your thoughts on alerting hitters
to the pitch type? Is that poor sportsmanship or is it smart
baseball? Let us know in comments section below and
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14 thoughts on “Catchers tipping pitches? Improving catcher skills for youth baseball.

  1. Batters looking back at the catcher is poor form. Yeah, again, technically you can do this, but is it something that should be done.

  2. Smart Baseball. Tipping off a batter by a teammate is perfect TEAM baseball and to penalize a player or team for it is 100% the wrong message to send.

  3. Ik I’m late but I am a catcher myself and I only go high stance (block stance) when there are 2 strikes or runners on because with no chance of a runner stealing I don’t feel the need to block and I always block stance when it’s that situation to not tip pitches

  4. This video was based on pitches but what I think is most important here is for the runner himself to have the knowledge. Stealing on breaking balls especially those in the dirt even for slow runners is quite easy. Watch some clips of Yaider Molina stealing bases, smart catchers can see other catchers defensive flaws and use them to advantage on the base path. As a catcher setting up late protects yourself from getting stealed on by smart baserunners, also never set up for a breaking ball at all without 2 strikes and runners on to save your legs, why block balls when if the balls goes to the backstop the ump will hand you a brand new one usually regardless if you block it or not at higher levels.

  5. Good video but what my team usually does is look at the coaches signs and most of the time we can pick them up by the second inning bc not all coaches are as smart as u but we say last name to the batter when offspeed is coming, just an idea

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