As a lot of you guys know, I was recently in the Dominican Republic to speak to a group of baseball coaches at a conference in Alta Mayor, DR.
One of the topics I spoke on was infield play and throwing angles came up. The best infielders have good “arm action” and are able to throw accurately from different arm angles, the main 3 arm angles being “normal”, “over the top”, and “side arm”.
To consistently make all the plays, infielders need to have all three mastered. I’m repeatedly told by college coaches how important handling the “slow roller” is in evaluating infielders.
To make that play well, you need to be able to throw side arm accurately and with some velocity. The only way to do that is to practice, practice, practice.
There are many aspiring infielders who are only able to throw from one angle. As a baseball player, you are playing catch almost every day during the season and there’s no excuse not to use that time to work on your throwing.
Here is a short video I made in the Dominican talking for a minute about the importance of throwing from different arm angles… And in case you were wondering how many takes it took to make it- only 1! (See random motorcycle on baseball field around the :45 sec mark!)