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No Holds Barred – National Team Pitchers

During our morning workout, I was able to catch up with six of the eight National pitchers for a quick tour of their stuff. A look at the grip on the ball and the position of the hand helps us get a feel for the intended action of each pitch.

Corey Zangari

FB 4

4-seamer across the horseshoe

FB 2

2-seamer with width right down the tracks

CB

Fingers out in front of the ball, across the short end of the horseshoe

CH

Another classic circle change, note the 2-seam look

Beau Burrows

FB 4

Standard 4-seamer

FB 2

2-seamer a little inside the tracks

CB

CB right along the edge of the horseshoe with the thumb opposite

CH

CH with thumb under two middle fingers

Austin Riley

4-seamer across the horseshoe

4-seamer across the horseshoe

2-seamer along the tracks

2-seamer along the tracks

Spiked CB, fingers out front along far edge of the horseshoe

Spiked CB, fingers out front along far edge of the horseshoe

Interesting SL grip, just into top corner of horseshoe

Interesting SL grip, just into top corner of horseshoe

Another combo of circle and pitchfork CH

Another combo of circle and pitchfork CH

Justin Hooper

4-seamer, he's another guy that makes the ball look small

4-seamer, he’s another guy that makes the ball look small

2-seamer gripped on outside edges of tracks

2-seamer gripped on outside edges of tracks

Fingers out front on CB, thumb up high on back of ball

Fingers out front on CB, thumb up high on back of ball

SL grip same as CB, orientation of hand upon release changes

SL grip same as CB, orientation of hand upon release changes

CH falls off last two fingers of hand

CH falls off last two fingers of hand

Sati Santa Cruz

FB 4

4-seamer with fingers close together across horseshoe

FB 2

2-seamer right down the tracks

SL

SL just along the edge of the horseshoe

CB

Fingers get on the front of the ball with the CB

CH

Circle CH with 4-seam look

Cole McKay

FB

4-seamer

4-seam CH with kind of a pitchfork look

2-seamer down the tracks, thumb a little offset to arm side

He varies looks with CH, 2-seamer shown here

CB

CB down edge of horseshoe, fingers getting to the front

Anthony Molina

FB 4

4-seamer with ball in fingertips

FB 2

A unique 2-seamer, offset on a diagonal

CB

Fingers out front on CB, going up the edge of the horseshoe

SL

SL is more down the tracks with palm more behind the ball

CH

Elements of both circle and pitchfork CH

Kyle Molnar

FB 4

4-seamer with width out past seam

FB 2

Right down the tracks with the 2-seamer

CB

Interesting CB grip with wide fingers across the tracks, thumb and middle finger set the equator

SL

More traditional SL look going down the edge of the horseshoe

CH

Think he turns this circle CH over?

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