|Make sure this guy is not looking in to steal your signs.|
(Photo by Computeress)
Set up outside. As mentioned in yesterday's post, some pitchers have trouble throwing a pitchout to the proper spot. One way to help them is to give the sign and set up on the outside corner. The catcher's body is closer to the opposite batter's box which makes it more likely the pitchout will be thrown there instead of down the middle. Be careful though because a very smart runner may notice that a catcher does this and not steal.
|This catcher correctly angles out and forward|
to receive the pitchout. (Photo by 2Eklectik)
Timing. The timing of when to get up and angle out into the opposite batter's box is important as well. Too early may tip it off and too late defeats the purpose of a pitchout. It might vary based on each pitcher's delivery but the best time to start moving is when the pitcher's throwing hand starts to come forward in his delivery. That usually gets the ball and the catcher to arrive at the proper pitchout spot at the right time.