Four-Seam Fastball (FA)

Definition

A four-seam fastball is almost always the fastest and straightest pitch a pitcher throws. It is also generally the most frequently utilized.

The four-seam fastball is typically one of the easiest pitches for a pitcher to place, because of the lack of movement on the pitch. It is often used to overpower hitters, with the goal being for the pitch to get to the strike zone faster than the hitter can handle, thus creating a swing and miss or weak contact because of a late swing. The pitch derives its name because upon being released, four seams come into view on the ball with each rotation.

Grip

In order to throw a four-seam fastball, a pitcher grips the ball with his two fingers across the open space between seams and the edges of his fingers slightly over the seam. This is the way fielders are typically instructed to throw the ball, because it produces the straightest plane.

Watch: John Smoltz demonstrates how to throw a four-seam fastball.

In A Call

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