Matt Whiteside is the owner of All-Star Performance Baseball Camps and Clinics, and director, pitching instructor, and coach of the St. Louis Gamers. He previously played in the MLB for six years over the course of a seventeen year professional baseball career. Additional educational resources for players, coaches and parents are available at gamersacademy.net.
Pitch Grips for Players 14 years and under
Four Seam Fastball
A four seam fastball provides backspin, and travels straight towards the plate with, little or no movement compared to the two seam fastball. This is your hardest thrown pitch.
Two Seam Fastball
There are a couple of variations on this pitch, which is also known as a sinker. Thrown correctly, this pitch provides more movement to the arm side of pitcher, which—for a right handed pitcher throwing to a right handed hitter—means the ball will sink down-and-in. The spin that causes this movement is created by the natural pronation of the hand during release, and the index or middle finger pulling on the seams.
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