How to Throw a Cutter in Baseball?

In the game of baseball, defeating the batter is the key target. And cutter or a cut-fastball plays a very crucial role in this regard. This is a variation of a two-seam or four-seam fastball.

In general, when thrown by a right-handed pitcher, the cutter takes a turn from the right side to the left side of the pitcher. It behaves like a curveball or slider. But the motion here is much more compared to the motion of a slider.

Now, this requires the pitchers to learn how to throw a cutter.

Why is the cutter thrown such a way? When the batter hits the cutter pitch, most of the time it results in an edgy contact which eventually leads to an easy out. If the movement of the cutter is going outside the bat’s sweet point. 

It always becomes difficult to gauge the movement and creates confusion. The speed of a cutter is always 2 to 5 mph slower than that of a four-seam fastball.

The basics of how to throw a cutter.

Here we will learn the basics in three different steps.

 Grip the two–seam cut fastball.

Four-seam cut fastball.

Deliver the pitch.

So, are you guys ready? And before I start, I just want to tell you all that learning the technique is nothing difficult but applying the technique successfully requires lots of practice.

This is not a technique that can be mastered overnight. I, myself have spent months and years to achieve the perfection. And when you become the master of this art, you will be able to swing the cutter the way you want.

Two-seam cut fastball grip

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  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4
  • STEP 5

Placement of your fingers

Now, if you want to achieve the swing, you need to move your fingers a little to the right. When your fingers are placed in the middle, it will become difficult to get the swing. So you need to move your fingers to the right. In this position, you need to place the two fingers close. Depending on the finger that will run the swing, you need to change the position. You can either use your middle finger to run the swing or use both the middle and index finger for the swing. You need to try both these positions and see what works best for you or what you are comfortable with.

Four-Seam Cut Fastball Grip

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  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3

Thumb placement

Here the thumb will not be placed in a diametrically opposed position. Your thumb and the top fingers should be placed in a comfortable position.

Delivering the Pitch

Delivering the pitch is an art and you need to practice a lot to become confident with this art. You obviously would not like to show the pitch till the right moment. It will keep the batters in confusion. Showing off the pitch early may ruin the interest.

At the time of the delivery, you need to make sure that the arm-speed and the fastball speed is similar. And one more thing, extend your arm fully at the time of delivery.


Keeping these things in mind will help you achieve the excellence while delivering the pitch. So, now you know how to throw cutter. All you need to do is to practice these tricks again and again to master the art. If you become persistent with your practice, within a few weeks you will be able to control the cut.

Ricky J Oslen

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