The sinker is a Mike Hampton and Kevin Brown specialty!
A sinker or a true sinking fastball is a heavy pitch. This means it usually does not explode off the bat like the straighter four-seam fastball. Instead the purpose of throwing a sinker pitch is to produce ground balls.
When throwing a sinker, the pitch generally should move a couple inches – just enough to get that ground ball.
As most baseball pitching coaches will agree, those grounders will hurt you less in the long run than fly balls. When a fastball is thrown; it should be thrown with the seams over 90% of the time.
When learning how to throw a sinker, grip the ball by placing your index and middle finger should lie over the two seams of the ball where the seams bend close together.
Your fingers could be together or slightly apart. Experiment. This will give your ball some movement when thrown.
The grip works by lessening the friction biting against the ball when you throw a sinker.
For a true sinking fastball, turn your hand outward almost like a screwball. You will be throwing the inside half of the ball, resulting in side spin.
Throwing a sinker can be quite simple, once you understand the sinker grip and throwing technique.
Remember, the key to throwing a sinker is the follow through – more specifically, the arm action of the follow through.
After throwing the sinker, force your pitching thumb to almost graze your lead leg or thigh. Most people believe the follow through should go past your outer leg with your little finger going past your thigh. Yet, that is what straightens the ball out.
Instead, you want to turn your pitching hand inward allowing your thumb to pass your leg while your fingers remain on the outside, this will provide an excellent sink to the ball!
Another way how to throw a sinker is by placing your index finger slightly outside one of the narrow seams, while your middle finger is right in between the two narrow seams. The thumb should rest underneath on the bottom seam of the baseball.
When you throw the sinker, release the pitch with your finger pressure coming from your index finger, with your middle finger applying very little pressure.
No matter which sinker grip you use, throw the sinker hard because this will be your fastball.
Just watch the movement a pitcher like Greg Maddox used to get on hit sinker. His sinker was downright nasty!
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#5. Feel it, Get Good Feedback & Throw it Often
No pitch can be developed without two crucial components:
- High repetitions – practicing it over and over with a HIGH level of focus
- Focus on how the pitch feels leaving the fingertips
- Getting feedback from a trusted source
Basically, you need to throw it over and over and over to someone who can tell you when it sinks more or less, or looks good or bad. Then, when they give you feedback, you combine that with how the pitch felt leaving your hands, and then try to replicate the feeling of a good sinker, and NOT repeat the bad sinkers. That’s the process, and there’s nothing glamorous about it – it takes time, focus and attention to detail.
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That’s it! Go Throw a Better Sinker, and Get More Hitters Out.
Did you know: If you don't strike batters out, you create a situation in which you're more likely to allow hits. On average, a pitcher is going to allow about 30% of the balls that are put into play to fall for a hit.
So that means that if you don't have an out pitch/swing and miss pitch, then you will give up more hits.
And we all know that more hits will lead to more runs, which will lead to more bad outtings for you.
So, how do we fix this?
Simple. We throw pitches with later downward movement!
How do I know this works? Well, I was in your shoes at one point in my pitching career. I thought I had some decent pitches, but I was just struggling to put batters away (strike them out).
So, what I did was transitioned from a 4 Seam Fastball to a Sinking Fastball and changed my slow, sideways, frisbee Slider into a sharp, late breaking, depth improved Slider.
And what happened was my strike outs increased instantly! My ERA began to lower and I felt more confident facing batters!
Now I want to show you how to do the same…
- Strike out more batters and give up less hits!
- Make hitters look foolish and feel uncomfortable!
- Dominate the competition and help your team win!
- Be the best pitcher on your team and in your league!
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Breaking Down the Sinker Pitch:
- Grip the ball just like you do the fastball; however, you are going to move the thumb up a little bit on the side. BUT you must be aware – the more you move the thumb up, the more bite and sink you’re going to get, but it’s also going to slow it down a little bit.
- You need to experiment with just what is enough for you individually so that when you get on the mound, you can control and determine the amount of sink you want.
- Use the same wrist action as your fastball, and then you will get a little sink on the ball.
- The most important thing you need to remember is develop arm strength. This will allow you to throw strikes and change speed. You have got to change speed because as the athletes get bigger and better and stronger, everybody likes to hit the fastball.
- You’ve got to keep hitters honest – and you keep them honest with the change-up. Throw your fastball. Work on the change-up and then add the curve ball. And then cut the fastball a little bit. And then get the sinker pitch.
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