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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.

BATA 3 Baseball Pitching Machine | Fastball & Curve In 1 Set Up

  • The ultimate training aid for best results
  • 3-Wheel design sets up to throw 2 pitches
  • Up To 95 mph fastball & 75 mph RH/LH curve
  • Throws flyballs, groundballs, & batting practice
  • Note: This is a baseball - only pitching machine!
  • Limited Time FREE SHIP - YOU SAVE $250!
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Please call to complete your order at 1-800-487-7432.
  • Mixes Pitches, Just Like A Real Pitcher
  • 5-Year Pro Rated Warranty
  • Weighs 150 lbs.


Notes From The Manufacturer: The All New BATA 2Pitch3 Baseball Pitching Machine | 2 Different Pitches In One 3 Wheel Set Up! Both the Fastball & Curveball head tilt left & right up to 35-degrees simulating RH & LH Pitchers. The Fastball head has two individual speed controllers so you can set-up the Fastball head to throw any type of pitch (like our BATA-2). This allows the two motor speeds to throw types of fastballs (straight, sinking, tailing, etc.), as well as other pitches (slider, knuckleball). WHAT DO I NEED? For manual feeding, all you need is the machine itself, the Roll-Away Stand (optional), some BATA Dimpled Baseballs (optional), and a protective screen. For Auto Feeding, we recommend adding the BATA Auto Feeder, Pitch Separator, Remote On/Off, and at least two dozen BATA Dimpled Baseballs. Auto Feeding There are some limitations when Auto Feeding the 2Pitch3 and 2Pitch4 machines. Some combinations (of speed and distance will not work). If you are throwing slower from a certain distance than is realistic, the feed chutes will be out of alignment, and would not be able to accept the balls properly when auto feeding. General rule of thumb, the minimum curveball speed (in mph) is about equal to the pitching distance (in feet). For example, (when auto feeding) the minimum speed curveball from 45 feet pitching distance is about 45 mph. From 55 feet, the minimum curveball speed is about 55 mph. The fastball will normally be about 15-20% faster than the curveball.
What JP Says about the BATA 3 Baseball Pitching Machine | Fastball & Curve In 1 Set Up

The BATA 2 Pitch 3 Wheel Pitching Machine Is Like Batting Against A Major League Pitcher

The new 2Pitch 3 Baseball Pitching Machine can throw a 95 mph fastball and a 75 mph curveball IN ONE SET UP

Speed control adjustments are simple; 3 simple rheostat-type dials control speeds while tilting heads up to 35% control angle. The height adjustments for inside/outside fastballs and curveballs are independent of each other, making it easier to adjust the location of either pitch.

Alternate Pitches

With dual chutes the coach is able to drop a ball in either the fastball chute or curveball chute and randomize the pitch to the batter.

Additional Information

Warranty 5 Year
Maximum Pitching Speed 100 MPH
Pitch Type All Major League pitches at those velocities
Power Supply AC Plug
Choose Outdoor or Indoor/Outdoor Model Here Indoor or Outdoor
Feeder Optional


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.

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