Looking for a great pitch to teach your young hurlers to get that all-important strikeout? Or searching for an “out” pitch that can help your team get more out of their curves and sliders?
Here is a quick look at the effective, if underrated, two-seam fastball:
What is a Two-Seam Fastball?
The two-seam fastball is a pitch designed to have more movement than a four-seam fastball. In my opinion, the two-seam fastball is a pitch to be used while you are ahead in the count, setting up an off-speed pitch or looking to get a strike out.
The Two-Seam Fastball Grip
Grab a baseball and find the area on it where the seams are the closest together. Rotate the baseball so that those seams are perpendicular to your body.
Place your index and middle fingers on each of those seams respectively. Each of your fingers should be touching the seam from the pads or tips to almost the ball of each finger. (Your thumb should rest underneath the ball in the middle of those two fingers.)
Teaching the Pitch
What I have my pitchers do is rotate the baseball directly towards their palm so that the thumb will find the apex of the horseshoe part of the seam. The thumb needs to rest on that seam from the side to the middle of its pad.
You are now ready to throw a two-seam fastball. This ball will tend to move for the pitcher a little bit, depending on velocity, arm-slot angle and pressure points of the fingers.
Coach B is a baseball coach and administrator who writes frequently on drills to help fellow coaches improve their teams.