Baseball-Tutorials.com – The bullpen pitching drill was developed because some pitchers have a hard time throwing in games but are great in the bullpen. Many times, this is because they are afraid of hitting the batter. If so, there is an easy way to fix this. In the bullpen, have an adult stand in both batter’s boxes, so there are essentially two “batters.” The pitcher is forced to pitch straight down the middle so as to not hit either batter.
After the pitcher can lob the ball down the middle, increase the intensity by having them add velocity. When they are comfortable here, have one adult crowd into the plate a bit. When the pitcher can comfortably throw strikes, have the other adult crowd the plate. With this progression, pitchers can quickly learn how to throw in the strike zone without hitting the batter.