As always, College Baseball Daily is looking for excellent baseball products to review from around the nation. Our most recent product is a book by current East Tennessee State assistant coach Xan Barksdale titled Catching 101 The Complete Guide for Baseball Catchers. The book considers itself the complete guide – but is it really?
The short answer is absolutely. It details every possible thing you could absolutely need know about the position, from setting up your feet for a pickoff throw to first base or to how to properly give signs to your pitchers during low lighting situations. The book also details some drills that you might not have been familiar with, from blocking balls to getting quicker hands behind the plate.
I caught when I was younger and thought Catching 101 gave some great insight into making yourself into a better catcher or your catchers if you are a coach. I would highly recommend this book for anyone coaching players under the age of 18 or so. I think most college coaches are already aware of many of the concepts covered in the book.
You can purchase the book here.