First Pitch Pitching Machines
However, the color is not the only difference. In fact, First Pitch Machines are two-thirds the price of JUGS Machines. JUGS has built up such a great brand name that they can, and do, charge a premium for their products. On the flip side, First Pitch machines are affordable, while still reliable.
First Pitch includes high horsepower motors with each of their pitching machines to ensure the machines ability to throw at top speeds. The Baseline Pitching Machine has the smallest motor at ¼ HP, however, the Original and XL both include a 1/3 HP Motor. Their two machines all include two 1/3 HP motors, which is why they are throwing fastballs up to 105 MPH.
When First Pitch builds their pitching machines, they use a combination of steel and aluminum. The steel gives the machine the strength it needs to withstand the wear and tear, while the aluminum keeps the machine light and easy to move. You will want to have the steel construction on the machine, as it will help protect the machine from line drives hit back at it during practice. All parts of the machine are powder coated to prevent rusting.
Every First Pitch Machine comes with the 360-degree swivel except for the First Pitch Original. The 360-degree swivel allows coaches to send pitches all over the field during fielding drills. If you plan on using your machine for fielding exercises, then a 360-degree swivel is a must have feature.
ue to the powerful motors we discussed earlier, First Pitch Machines throw at high velocities. Below is a list of max speeds of the First Pitch Machines:
Baseline: 70 MPH
Original: 80 MPH
XL: 80 MPH
Curveball: 105 MPH
Many competing machines do not have nearly the same maximum speeds as First Pitch’s assortment. You will find that other single-wheel options competing with the Baseline, Original, and XL are throwing pitching at 10-20 MPH less.
What sets First Pitch Apart from the Competition?
First Pitch offers commercial-grade pitching machines at a less expensive price. If you are searching for a pitching machine you have probably noticed some of the eye-popping prices. Pitching machines are expensive! The top end options will cost you $2000, $3000, or more. There are some lower-end options out there, however, they are mainly for residential/backyard use. Luckily, First Pitch manufactures a lineup of pitching machines that is not only affordable, but also high-quality.
Their most popular machine, the First Pitch Baseline, sells for $799. $799 is a lot less expensive than most of the other single wheel options on the market that are throwing fastballs upwards of 70 MPH. First Pitch has had a long a history of producing durable machines.
You can tell their products are commercial-grade because First Pitch is willing to back their products with a 5-year warranty. The cheaper options only offer a 1-year warranty, at best. With First Pitch you are receiving a machine you can rely on, day in and day out, without breaking the bank.
First Pitch’s Top Pitching Machines
First Pitch Baseline Pitching Machine
The Baseline Pitching Machine is First Pitch’s most popular model. The Baseline is a cheaper alternative to the JUGS MVP or JUGS BP1. Many little leagues use it for practice on the field or for machine pitch leagues.
However, it also makes for a great training tool in the batting cage or backyard. The machine has plenty of horsepower to help train young players through their little league careers. With top speeds of 70 MPH, kids will not see many pitchers top that maximum speed while still in little league.
First Pitch 2-Wheel Curveball Pitching Machine
First Pitch offers one of the more affordable two-wheel pitching machines. The First Pitch 2-Wheel Curveball Pitching Machine throws fastballs up to 105 MPH and throws crazy breaking pitches. Each pitching wheel comes with its own 1/3 HP motor that gives the machine the power to throw such fast pitches.
You will be able to control the speed of each wheel with a speed dial. Left-handed curveballs, right-handed curveballs, left-handed slider, right-handed sliders, fastballs, and changeups are just some of the pitches the 2-Wheel Curve is capable of throwing.
First Pitch XL Pitching Machine
Many customers often compare the First Pitch XL Pitching Machine to the Baseline and Original Machines. Why is the XL more expensive than the Original? What makes it the worth the additional money? The answer to the first question is the 360-degree swivel.
First Pitch includes the 360-degree swivel for the First Pitch XL, however, the Original does not have the swivel. While the First Pitch Baseline does have a 360-degree swivel, it only throws up to 70 MPH compared to the XL’s maximum speed of 80 MPH.
First Pitch Original Pitching Machine
The First Pitch Original, like the XL, throws up to 80 MPH. The reason the Original is less expensive is because it does not have the same fielding capabilities as the XL Machine.
Unfortunately, the Original does not come with the 360-degree swivel that First Pitch offers with their other pitching machines. Due to this, the Original is mainly an offensive training machine.
About First Pitch
First Pitch’s headquarters are in Maple Plain, Minnesota. Maple Plain is a suburb right outside of Minneapolis. First Pitch started operations back in 1999. At the time, they manufactured and sold pitching machines to local little leagues, schools, and parents.
People were so impressed with the quality of their pitching machines that they began spreading the word about First Pitch. Since, First Pitch has been supplying pitching machines to parents, little leagues, middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the country.
They manufacture and assemble their pitching machines in their warehouse in Maple Plain. First Pitch is a family-owned company that takes pride that their machines are made in the USA. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, First Pitch has become one of the most trusted pitching machine brands.