By: Kenny Thomas and DJ King
Originally Published in: Baseball Steps to Success
Provided by: Human Kinetics
Pre-pitch positioning is standard among infielders at every level, although some may vary their positioning based on personal reasons such as lateral range and comfort, or even in-game situations that demand a defensive adjustment. The following is a look at the standard placements for every infielder in a variety of situations (figures 7.1-7.3).
Not knowing the situation can lead to poor positioning. One example of this would be when a fast runner who has a tendency to bunt for a hit is at bat and the corner infielders (the first baseman and the third baseman) remain at standard depth.
Communicating with other infielders and coaches should help you shift according to each situation.
Depending on the situation. the middle infielders must communicate to each other who is covering second base. Coverage miscommunication by middle infielders gives away potential outs and usually places one or both players out of position.
You are responsible for knowing your assignment. To ensure that all players are on the same page. continuous communication is imperative.
If the gaps between fielders are not pinched, the hitter has a better chance of hitting a ground ball through the infield.
The distance between the corner infielders and the middle infielders on each side should be a step and a dive away from the midpoint.