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.
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.
Bata 1 Curveball Pitching Machine - Baseball or Softball
Throws fastballs & RH/LH breaking balls!
Easy to change between pitch types
Adjusts from 25 - 70+ mph
Compact enough for portable uses (60 lbs.)
Optional Auto Feeder with Cordless Remote
Purchase balls with a pitching machine and save $$$!
25-70+ MPH! - great for all ages
Coach JP's Choice!
The first & best single wheel pitching machine capable of throwing fastballs, curveballs, & sliders from BOTH left-handed & right-handed "pitchers." Light enough to truly be called portable, yet strong enough to run for years without maintenance. A breakthrough training aid!
What JP Says about the Bata 1 Curveball Pitching Machine - Baseball or Softball
At Baseball Tips pitching machines are important tools and the Bata brand is our #1 choice. You'll save money and get the benefit of buying what youth baseball from Little League ages up through High School baseball and even pro baseball buys. Models range from perfect training aids for batting practice and Machine Pitch Leagues to Major League Baseball quality.
Better than Jugs, better than Atec, Bata is simply the best quality & priced baseball pitching machine available!
Limited manufacturers warranty
Maximum Pitching Speed
70 MPH - Adjustable from 20mph - 70mph
Fast Ball, Curve Ball, & Sliders (Rh & Lh)
AC Plug In
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Indoor or Outdoor
Softball or Baseball
Optional Auto Feeder
BATA machines have our unique Goodyear Rubber Soft-tread pitching wheels. The JUGS and some other off brands have pneumatic (air-filled) tires. Our Soft-Tread wheels are solid, with high tech die-cast flat faced treads, molded onto a machined aluminum core. The JUGS type tires have a convex (rounded) pitching surface, and are mounted on a standard stamped rim, like those used on trailers. The faster the JUGS wheel turns, the more convex it becomes, and perhaps less accurate.
BATA machines are constructed of welded solid steel plate. JUGS machines are constructed primarily of older style sand-castings. Solid steel is several times stronger than sand-castings, therefore we are able to make our machines much lighter (in weight), yet at the same time stronger. BATA machines weigh about 25% less than JUGS machines... and we feel they are stronger!
All our BATA pitching machines have steel plates in front of and behind the pitching wheels. JUGS pitching wheels are fully exposed. We also have heavy-duty steel plate in front of our motors to protect them from line-drive hits. Most other brands do not.