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Catching & Fielding / Ball Blocking Drill

by Mike Difelice

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Mike was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He made his major league debut in 1996. In the 1997 MLB Expansion Draft, he was chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the 20th selection and was a catcher with the organization till 2001. Mike played with the Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, was sent to the Chicago Cubs on a conditional deal, then signed with the Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Washington Nationals and then again with the New York Mets before finishing his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2008. Mike managed for a year in the New York Mets organization with the rookie level Kingsport Mets.

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In a perfect world, pitchers would throw strikes 100% of the time...but we all know this world is not perfect. Getting down and dirty in this Ball Blocking drill. 12 year big league veteran catcher Mike Difelice shows you how to drop and block on balls thrown in the dirt. Blocking balls is a specialized skill that will make your catcher stand out in the crowd and gain the utmost trust and respect of your coaches and pitching staff. Players are always looking for an edge to make them look better than the next guy and mastering ball blocking through this drill is without a doubt a way to do it.
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