First Pitch Curveball Pitching Machine Features
Easy Speed Control & Breaking Pitches
The machine comes with two independently operated speed dials. The speed dials allow you to control the speed of both wheels. When throwing a fastball, you will want the wheels to be vertical from the ground.
The machine head tilts when throwing breaking pitches. If you are imitating a left-handed pitcher than the machine tilts to the left. The opposite is true when imitating a right-handed pitcher.
High Speed & Multiple Motors
The dials for each wheel have a marking of 1-10, with each number on the dial accounting for a difference of 10 MPH (for example 1 would be 10 MPH, 2 would be 20 MPH, etc.). The dials can be set above the 10 on the dial, with maximum pitch speeds of 105 MPH!
We only recommend setting the speeds above 90 MPH for advanced players. You will not see pitches at these speeds in little league, middle school, and very rarely in high school.
The machine has two 1/3 HP motors which allows it to throw at such high speeds. The two 1/3 HP motors are rare in the pitching machine industry, especially at the price point of the First Pitch 2-Wheel. Most machines come with only one motor or two ¼ HP motors.
Easy Adjustments for Fielding Exercises
The First Pitch 2-Wheel is mainly a hitting machine, but doubles as a fielding machine. The machine has a big vertical range of motion allowing for grounders, pop-ups, and line drives. With the power of the pitching machine, line-drives and pop-ups go deep into the outfield.
The machine comes on a 360-degree swivel. This swivel allows you to send balls to one side of the field and then switch to the other side of the field within seconds.
Made in the USA
First Pitch is located in Maple Plain, Minnesota where they assemble and ship all of their pitching machines and other products. The parts used for their pitching machines are all made by U.S. manufacturers.
Curveball Machine FAQ
Q: What age group is the First Pitch 2-Wheel Curveball best suited for?
A: The First Pitch 2-Wheel Curveball is primarily used by middle school, high school, and collegiate teams. The machine is a high-power, commercial pitching machine that throws pitches up to 105 MPH. The capability of the machine to throw breaking pitches, makes it very popular amongst high school and college coaches.
Many parents of kids that are 10+ years of age will consider a 2-wheel pitching machine. 2-wheel pitching machines allow for kids to grow with the machine. Advanced players may outgrow single-wheel pitching machines due to slower speeds and the inability to throw breaking pitches.
Q: Can the machine throw real baseballs and softballs?
A: Yes, the machine will throw real leather balls. The 2-Wheel Curveball comes in three different options. You can buy the machine for baseball only, softball only, or as a combo pitching machine. The combo pitching machine will cost you an extra $100.
Q: What is the pitching machine constructed of?
A: The machine uses a combination of steel and aluminum. The steel adds strength to the pitching machine, protecting it from wear and tear. The aluminum keeps the machine light. The machine is powder coated to prevent it from rusting.
Q: Can you leave the machine outside?
A: We recommend always storing the machine in a garage or shed. If this is not possible, you should buy a cover for the machine to protect it from the elements. Unfortunately, First Pitch does not offer a cover for their machines currently. A cover from another manufacturer or a grill cover will work just fine to protect the machine.
Q: How easy is it to adjust the machine?
A: As you can see in the pictures, the machine comes with a handle. The handle makes it easy to turn the head of the pitching machine when adjusting to throwing breaking pitches. It also allows you to move the machine horizontal and vertical when using the machine for fielding exercises.
Q: What type of generator works with the machine?
A: The 2-Wheel Curveball will run off a 1000w or greater generator.