The Barehand Framing Catcher Drill is a great drill for working on hand-eye coordination as well as framing the pitches. With this drill, the catcher is going to take rapid-fire throws from a coach or partner. The catcher will be catching barehanded while working on framing the pitch. Framing the pitch means to catch a pitch so it appears as if it is within the strike zone.
The catcher will get set up in the standard receiving position. The coach or partner will stand 3 – 5 feet away. The coach is going to rapid-fire throw balls to the catcher all over the strike zone and just outside of it.
The catcher is going to catch each pitch barehanded. The ball can be dropped immediately after the catch is made to prepare for the next ball. For this drill, the catcher needs to keep soft hands for receiving the ball. For balls that are thrown just outside of the strike zone, the catcher should work on bringing them in and framing the pitch.