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Pitching Machine Basics

Any player who has the ability to walk out the back door to hit is at a distinct advantage over his competition...players just do not swing it enough otherwise!

Coach JP Baseball Tips Owner

Pitching Machine Categories:

*all throw official game weight & size balls though there are a few built for light balls only

Wheel Style Pitching Machines - 1,2,3 & 4 wheel models & optional auto feeders

The most popular types from backyard baseball to pro baseball. They use a spinning wheel(s) & a motor to propel the wheel(s). Most wheel pitching machines have adjustable speed controls & direction adjustments mounted on a steel frame that's attached to a tripod. All run on 110v current & can handle a generator. Most can be purchased as baseball pitching machines, softball pitching machines & some are in a combo unit for both sports. 1 wheel is entry level, 2 wheel are most popular & now 3 & 4 wheels that throw about anything you could want at Major League speeds.

Arm Style Pitching Machines - 4 rack fed & hopper fed models

These are sometimes known as Iron Mike Pitching Machines. That is the made in USA brand you may have seen & used at a commercial batting cage. They weatherproof & tough enough for years of service without trouble. All have auto ball feeders in a rack or a huge hopper that holds hundreds of balls.

Compressed Air & Non Electric Pitching Machines - No electricity needed

Some very clever engineers have created alternative styles that fill particular needs. The Zooka Pitching Machine uses compressed air & rechargeable internal battery that is an engineering wonder. Our UPM 45 Ultimate Pitching Machine is the official model for Cal Ripken baseball & softball machine pitch leagues. It uses a spring loaded concept so needs no electricity.

Iron Mike MP5 Pitching Machine - Baseball or Softball Model

Iron Mike MP5 Pitching Machine - Baseball or Softball Model
  • Consistent fastball strikes... No wasted swings
  • 28 softballs or 38 baseballs... get a focused workout
  • Throws 25-85 MPH... simple speed & height controls
  • FREE remote control... a great teaching tool
  • Click Buy Button or call to place your order 
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  • Lockable Arm Guard...Built in Safety - Virtually Vandal Free
  • Choose Baseball or Softball Model (Uses Dimples or Leather)
  • Completely Weatherproof... No Daily Setup Required
  • Same Inner Workings As Hopper Fed Models MP-4 & MP-6


Dimensions: 56" H x 30" W x 55" L 455 lbs

This machine throws:

baseballs SoftBalls dimple balls

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What JP Says about the Iron Mike MP5 Pitching Machine - Baseball or Softball Model

Same Guts, Same Specs As Our Pro Model Iron Mike & A Money Saving Rack Feeder

If you want an arm style pitching machine, you buy an Iron Mike.

There are 3 full size models and 1 youth/jr. model. This MP-5 rack fed model has all the bells n whistles as the more expensive hopper fed models MP-6 and the MP-4 Pro Model

Here’s The Difference

The MP-5 on this page offers a rack mounted ball feeder that holds & throws 36 baseballs or 20 adult size 12” softballs every 6 seconds. (The factory will set up your unit for either sport when you order).

Our two hopper fed models are loaded by dumping entire buckets of up to 600 baseballs or 400 softballs into the large metal basket.

Should I Buy The MP-5 Rack Fed Model? Do I mind reloading every 4 minutes?

If you are purchasing for a single player in the backyard or for infrequent use with a small number of hitters, you might consider the rack fed MP-5, knowing that you will be stopping to reload about every 4 minutes. This is done after hitting the last pitch.

Just drop your bat and click the on/off corded remote switch which you hang near the batter. This stops the arm from continuing its throwing motion (every 6 seconds).

Gather & reload the balls into the rack, walk back to the batters box, click the on/off switch again and you will have 38 more swings for baseball or 28 more for softball… That’s your prime consideration in the iron mike MP-5!

Additional Information

Shipping Note Easy Purchase Instructions Get your questions answered by coaches, including shipping & options Call us toll free at 1-800-487-7432 from 9-6 EST INFORMATION YOU WILL PROVIDE: Your model choice (stock #) Your shipping state & ZIP Code Residence or business delivery Your Options: * Machine Guard *All Weather Cover * Dimple Balls or Leather Practice Balls * The Shaker (simple add on to enable leather balls to flow perfectly) This is a decision you will want to get right! Our advice & expertise is free! - Coach JP
Warranty 1 Year
Warranty Details

Iron Mike Warranty

All Iron Mike machine motors are covered under a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

Electronic circuit boards on the control system are warranted against component failure for 30 days after installation or a maximum of 60 days after shipment from the factory. The warranty on electronic circuit boards does not cover damage caused by severe electrical surges, electrical storms or accidental damage by servicing technicians.

Specifically excluded from automatic warranty replacement are pitching hands, pitching arms, power cables, and power springs.

Maximum Pitching Speed 85+ MPH
Pitch Type Fastball
Power Supply AC Plug 110v
Ball Capacity 28 Softball or 38 Baseball
Choose Outdoor or Indoor/Outdoor Model Here Indoor or Outdoor
Shipping Call Us toll free at 1800 487 7432 for your ship quote and final price
Sport Used Softball or Baseball
Feeder No, Yes

Why Use It?

Why Consider An Arm Style Pitching Machine?

It's been said that hitting is timing, so it sure is an advantage to be able to see the pitcher wind-up. This is a good reason to choose the Iron Mike Arm Style Pitching Machine by Master Pitch. These machines are the same models you've seen in high schools and college baseball programs and at spring training facilities.

Which Iron Mike Should I Buy?

Probably the greatest set of tools you could want that will make the single biggest impact on a budding ballplayer is a pitching machine and batting cage.

If the arm style machine is your favorite style (I figure about 26 MLB teams use them) then the Iron Mike Series is your play!

But which one and what's the differences?

Here it is in a nutshell:

MasterPitch makes 3 adult machines.

  • The Basic Rack Fed Model (MP-5) for baseball or softball
  • The Basic Hopper Fed Model (MP-6) for baseball or softball
  • The Pro Hopper Fed Model (MP- 4) for baseball or softball
Common Qualities

They are all very heavy duty, simple to use, arrive almost completely set up, ship by truck line, can be used and left outside all year long (yes, purchasing a cover is a great idea), will accept leather balls or machine pitch dimple baseballs, and throw between 25-85 mph due to the fact that all share the same motor, drive system, electronics, etc.

We also include a corded remote control for increased control over your pitching machine.

Rack Fed or Hopper Fed


The Basic Rack Fed model (MP-5) holds 38 baseballs or 28 softballs This is perfect for those with one or two players in the family or where budget is an issue. It is the only model that has transport wheels and, though not what I would call portable, it certainly is moveable for two people. The limitations are the rack itself. At roughly 10 swings per minute, you will be reloading every 4 minutes for baseball and every 3 minutes for softball. You load the machine by hand-filling the "rack or trough"...a 30 second process.


The Pro Hopper Fed (MP-4) & Model Basic Hopper Fed (MP-6) models (ball capacity of 600 baseballs or 400 softballs) Hopper Fed Iron Mike pitching machine. The two hopper fed models look identical, though there is an approximate $300 difference between the Basic MP-6 and the Pro MP-4.

That extra investment in the Pro model includes

  1. 55 Pounds of Added Steel Reinforcement welded into the front of the unit.
  2. The Positive Feed Mechanism, which keeps balls flowing and eliminates the occasional pitch interruptions that happen when using leather seamed balls (not necessary when using dimple balls as they do not have seams). This device is a $50 add-on for the basic MP-6 model.
About the additional steel reinforcement:

This is a good idea for those wanting added protection for balls hit off the machine itself. For those choosing the Basic Hopper fed MP-6 model, we offer a protective screen known as the Machine Guard. This is a 7' x 7' net with frame; this solves the "added protection" problem and ocvers the entire front of the machine.

Loading The Balls Into The Hopper

The biggest advantage of the hopper-fed models is the large number of balls it will hold and that you can simply dump 5 or 6 gallon coaches buckets of balls into the large hopper; a 5 second process!

In Summary:

The most important decision you can make is to invest in a pitching machine and a batting cage that fits your budget, your player(s) and your backyard or ballfield.

After that, if an arm style machine fits your needs, I would examine your budget. The hopper style of machines offer the ability to hit a maximum of 600 baseballs or 400 softballs without reloading... a real convenience and increase of efficiency. The rack style machine offers more portability and a cost savings.

Hope this helps!
John Peter

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