The Art & Strategy of Calling Pitches
How to call the right pitches for pitcher's strengths, game situation, exploiting hitters' weakness, & use strategic sequencing to make your pitcher unhittable!
- Irvin Bounds, Head Coach, Victor Valley College, and father of 12 year catcher
Ryan Lavarnway, Catcher
Ryan Lavarnway is an experienced Major League catcher with 8 seasons in the Major Leagues
- Ryan Lavarnway has played with the following MLB teams: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Miami Marlins
- Lavarnway attended Yale University where he studied philosophy and played baseball for the Yale Bulldogs.
- In 2007 he was named a Division 1 All-American after setting multiple single season records, and in 2008 he became the Ivy League's all-time career Home Run record holder.
- Lavarnway was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
- Two-time Boston Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
- Rated by Baseball America best defensive catcher in the International league in 2012.
- When Lavarnway made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox on August 18, 2011, he became the first player in MLB history to hit two Home Runs and throw out a runner in his first start as a catcher.
- In 2013, Lavarnway earned a World Series title and ring with the Boston Red Sox.
- 2019 - Lavarnway became the first player in history to hit 2 home runs in his debut game with the Cincinnati Reds
- More recently, Lavarnway was a key member of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic is 2016 and 2017, earning himself MVP of Pool A of the Tournament.
Calling pitches is a huge part of the catcher’s (and coach’s) job in crafting a win.
This module is all about knowing how to call the right pitches for pitchers' strengths, for the game situation, to exploit the hitters weakness, and to use strategic sequencing to help make your pitcher unhittable!
Essential Keys to effective pitch calling
- The 3 mistakes that can wreck even the best pitch-calling plans
- How to maximize the pitchers strengths without sacrificing good situational strategy
- Key phrases to use with your pitcher to get him back on a good track - and WHEN to use them
- 4 “Rules of Thumb” you can follow without being predictable
- How to read hitters to know their weakness
Strategic pitch sequencing
- The Dempster strategy for tempting the hitter
- Breslow’s technique for keeping batter on his toes when facing him multiple times in a single game.
- How to make your fastball look even faster to the hitter.
- How to use changing eye level, perceived velocity, and angles to make pitches way more effective and difficult for a batter to hit
- How situations affect pitch calling
- The #1 situational mistake that gives batters a free hit
- What to do when the batter is trying to advance a runner
- Strategies to keep pitch counts low
- Save your pitcher by knowing when to go for a ground ball vs when to try for a strike out
- WARNING - The 4 situations where you need to avoid being predictable, because the other teams are looking for patterns on
Start1 - Introduction to Calling Pitches (5:44)
Start2 - Situational Pitching (7:16)
Start3 - What is the hitter trying to do (4:02)
Start4 - Establishing the fastball | Craig Breslow method (5:29)
Start5 - Left heat map | Dempster Method (5:47)
Start6 - Advanced pitch calling strategies (4:47)
Start7 - Pitching to the Count (3:27)
Start8 - Perceived Velocity (5:03)
Start9 - Using Angles (7:15)
Start10 - Pitch Tendencies (3:39)