Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for 20 batting cage credits ($30 value)
- $30 for 30-minute private baseball lesson with 20 cage credits ($70 value)
20 batting cage credits provide 300 total pitches. Pitching machines pitch at minimum speed of 40 miles per hour.
Pitching Machines: Hurlers That Never Fatigue
Batting cages feature automatic pitching machines, which emulate real pitches by throwing balls at various speeds. Check out Groupon’s guide to learn how they work.
There are many variations of pitching machines, but the most popular mechanism is the one that incorporates one, two, or three rubber wheels. As the ball feeds into the machine, the wheels grip the ball at different speeds, simulating the way a pitcher’s fingers affect the ball’s spin to make it curve or slide. A hydraulic barrel propels the ball forward with reliable accuracy, allowing the batter to practice countless reps of different pitches and speeds. Different settings can even allow for some defensive drills such as ground balls, pop-ups, and line drives. Among these benefits, pitching machines also eliminate fatigue for pitchers or coaches in practice and allow hitters to practice alone in a batting cage.
Today’s pitching machines are safe, efficient, and versatile, but the first such device was more like a medieval cannon. In 1897, an eccentric mathematics professor named Charles Hinton loaded up an odd-looking device with ample amounts of gunpowder, armed himself with a few baseballs, and fired away at Princeton University’s baseball players. The machine wasn’t very accurate—several players were injured—but the design wasn’t completely flawed, as it was still able to “throw” balls at various speeds and even manage a curveball with the help of two steel fingers placed on the muzzle.
D-Bat: Little Rock
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Wison, Rawlings, Evoshield, Combat, DeMarini, Gargoyles
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Book cage time and lessons in advance.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Premium Instructors & pitching machines