How to Throw Junk Ball Pitches | Baseball Pitching


How to throw different junk ball pitches. Pitchers can utilize a variety of different
grips in order to throw off a batter’s timing in throwing junk balls. For instance, when throwing a curve ball,
pitchers can keep their pointer and middle finger together on the ball to create a 12
to 6 trajectory on the ball. Likewise, when throwing a slider, pitchers
are going to keep their fingers together on the ball to create a more horizontal movement
on the ball, as the ball breaks away from a right-handed batter as released from a right-handed
pitcher. When throwing a gyro ball, pitchers are attempting
to put a football spiral spin on the ball in order to deceive the batter. When throwing a palm ball, pitchers are going
to use a four finger grip in order to have the ball drop below the batter’s eye level. When throwing a split-finger fastball, pitchers
are going to throw a fastball type pitch that drops and darts quickly downward. When throwing a forkball, pitchers are going
to use a variety of the split-finger fastball deeper in the grip so as to create a tumbling
action with the ball. Lastly, the shuto pitch, as thrown in Japan,
requires pitchers to throw a ball that has side spin on it, to dive into a batter’s hands,
much like a screwball or a two-seam fastball. These area a variety of different junk ball
pitches that pitchers can utilize to be an effective junk ball pitcher.

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