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Baseball throwing is one of five tools measured by professional baseball scouts when evaluating and grading a ballplayer. The five tools are hitting skill, hitting for power, running speed, defensive skill and throwing.
You might have heard of the ‘five-tool’ player. This is a player that exhibits the highest scores in all five of these areas. Players that grade out the highest in these categories are the most sought after players in their age levels.
For example: a player in the first or second round of the major league baseball draft would likely grade out at the highest level in several of these five categories.
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We know how valuable it is to be able to hit and even more so to hit with power. Of course running speed is always a plus.
Fielding ability is a big asset to a player’s contribution to the ballclub. The better skilled in all five areas a player is the more weapons the ballplayer brings to a ballclub’s strengths.
Throwing the baseball it the topic here…
There are many aspects to baseball throwing.
In addition to top baseball throw speed it is highly effective to throw the ball on the target as much as possible. This is easier said than done.
Making a high percentage of throws close to the target can be a real challenge. Add on the speed and urgency of the game and we find it is a real challenge to complete accurate throws on a consistent basis under game conditions.
A groundball hit in the infield by a fast baserunner will take a polished player to execute all the catching and throwing skills necessary to complete the play successfully.
How to combine the fastest baseball throw with baseball throwing accuracy? Let me show you my favorite ways to teach ball throwing. I have simple, proven drills that are fun and vital to young baseball players’ throwing skills. Incorporate throwing drills in to your daily baseball practice plan and pre-game drills.
When I go to a youth baseball game and watch how teams prepare during pre-game baseball practice I am usually appalled. The shocking reality to watch is how few times the kids get to touch the baseball (or swing at it). Find out my favorite ways to easily add play player development throwing to your baseball practice template.
This is where good throwing instruction can really help kids throw their hardest, with the most accuracy and getting rid of the ball quickest.
Unfortunately for throwers very few youth baseball coaches have the knowledge and background to teach baseball throwing technique correctly. It is not really the baseball coaches’ fault.
Playing time is a big issue in baseball today. Every ballplayer wants to play as much as possible. Sitting the bench for too long is not something a young baseball player wants much to do with. Kids want to play ball.
It gets embarrassing to sit the bench too much. One way to get in the line-up more often is to throw the ball accurately most of the time. Whether it is pitching and throwing strikes or fielding and throwing to the bases a strong, accurate, consistent arm is going to help a player get more playing time.
Having a weak arm and/or throwing inconsistently can cost a baseball player playing time. Good players usually do not sit on the bench too long.
In addition, once the kids reach the post-puberty years at 13 and over the ball fields get much bigger. Poor throwing ability will make an already difficult game to play that much harder.
Often poor throwing skills and speed of the throws can quickly make kids look for the exit door out of baseball because nobody wants to go out to the games and look like a 'duffus' throwing the baseball.
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