Murphy is a big, strong hitter, according to Coach Kelkhoff and he can catch, play 1st base or 3rd base
. Kelkhoff is a catcher and he can play shortstop.
If the runner sees the ball in play, he picks up the 3rd base coach for the sign to hold at 2nd or come on to 3rd.
Key: Runner has to make good decisions while eyeing the ball and picking up his 3rd base coach on whether to score, hold, tag-up, or stop at 3rd.
The shortstop is a floater, who must be able to read the play and serve as a cut man on a throw to 3rd base or to home.
The pitcher covers the angle between 3rd base and home and must be prepared to back up a throw to either base.
The catchers work on throwing to 2nd and 3rd base
as if we had a runner stealing.
After outfielders complete their throws and infielders move into position, have an assistant coach or a player hit fly balls to the outfielders - from 1st base area to left field and from 3rd base
area to center and right fields - with extra pitchers or players being used to relay the ball back to the fungo hitter.
What are the keys to the right-hander's pick-off move to 1st base and a left-hander's pick-off move to 3rd base?
Whenever the winning run, tying run, or the go ahead run is on 3rd base with less than 2 outs.
The LF fields the ball and throws to the 3rd baseman (cut-off man), who lets the ball go through to the plate or cuts it off and throws to the SS covering 3rd for a run-down play on the runner, who has broken around 3rd base. (Use back-up infielders or pitchers as runners.)
Catcher, 3rd Base, 1st Baseman practice the 5-2-3 double play, with the infield coach hitting ground balls to the 3rd baseman, who fields the ball and throw to the catcher, who then goes to 1st base.
If the catcher throws to 3rd base
after faking to 2nd, the pitcher must break to the plate to back it up in case of a rundown.