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P – Your pitcher becomes a fielder as soon as he releases the pitch. A good fielding pitcher helps himself and his team by getting a few extra outs, stopping runners from advancing on overthrows, minizing stolen bases, covering for team mates, and starting double plays

Beginner: Assuming that the pitchers mechanics put him in a strong fielding position, making the routine plays is an essential part of team defense. On Ground balls fielded by the pitcher there is lots of time. First coach the pitcher to use good basic fielding mechanics to catch the ground ball. The pitcher then should run towards 1b to shorten up the distance and make an easy throw. There is plenty of time, the batter will only have taken a couple of steps out of the box so reduce the errors by shortening the distance to make the easy toss rather than a long throw when the pitcher is in full velocity mode.
Intermediate: You can extend the range of your first baseman if your pitcher covers 1st base. On any ball hit to the first base side of the infield the pitcher should react to cover first base if needed. The pitcher takes a direct line towards the first base line, about 3 or 4 steps before the base, then runs parallel to the baseline. By running in this route, the pitcher is in a stong position to catch th ball and touch the base, without running into the runners path. The pitcher should always assume he will have to cover first base until he sees that the first baseman has it under control. It doesn't matter if the first or second baseman fields the ball, if the first baseman leaves the bag to make an attempt on the ball and can not return, the pitcher must cover 1st. With a runneron 1st base pitchers can be the start of double plays. The 1st key is to field the ground ball with proper fielding technique then pivot the feet and body for the throw to 2b. If there is not a play to be made at second base on the lead runner, then there is still time to get the batter going to first base. Make sure you get at least one out.
Advanced: Holding runners close to the bag for fear of being picked off will help any pitcher's ERA by increasing the chances for turning double plays, giving runners less of a jump on a batted ball, and improve the catcher's chance to throw out steal attempts. You do not need to pick off a lot of runners, just put the fear of being picked off, and embarassed, into their head. This is not easy to do, but with practice, becomes a natural part of the pitcher's pitching sequence. There are several tactics, including varying the number of times, and duration, of looks to the runner and varying the type of move you make to the bag. To hold a runner on first, you will introduce uncertainty in their mind by varying the time between coming set and starting your pitching motion. A long pause will make the runner nervous. A quick pitch will catch them off guard. Sometimes you will want to set up the runner for a future pick of attempt. This can be done with a sequence such as: a slow, hard move to first base, a long pause followed by another slow, hard move, a quick pitch, then a long pause followed by your "A" move. The slow, hard move is the set up, and is a move where your jump pivot to first keeps your feet spead wide, and a long arm motion with a high hard throw to the first baseman. The hard throw makes the runner beleive it is your best move. On your "A" move, keep your feet closer together for a quicker pivot rotation and shorten your arm motion to be quick, similar to a catchers throwing motion. Put the throw at knee height to the first baseman and you may catch the runner off the bag for a crucial out.

With a runner on second, use the same strategy, vary your looks and the length of your pauses. Your shortstop and second baseman can help keep the runner close by feinting towards the base and slapping their glove. The movement and noise confuses the runner and makes him a bit more cautious. You may never pick a runner off second base, but by holding him closer, you lessen the chance to score on a single.

When the pitcher gives up a hit to the outfield, he no longer has any purpose standing in the middle of the infield. By backing up either third or home, he can prevent an overthrow. The pitcher needs to read the play and then position himself 20 to 25 feet behind the base, in-line with the angle of the throw. Anticipate the fielder will miss the ball and if it should happen, the pitcher may prevent a run or a runner from advancing an additional base..
  The Dream Play: The “Dream Play” for the pitcher is any play that the pitcher does not have to make. In many situations, pitchers are a fielding liability. When possible, other fielders should call off the pitcher to make the play. Pitchers are pumped up with adrenaline during the game which can turn “easy” plays into disasters.

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