First Pitch XL Pitching Machine
The First Pitch XL Pitching Machine has the speed (80 MPH) of the Original and the fielding capabilities of the Baseline. If you want to practice both hitting and fielding, this is the machine for you! Just like all other First Pitch Machines, it is a fraction of the price of comparable machines.
Instead of overpaying for a particular brand name, check out the First Pitch XL Pitching Machine for a commercial-grade machine that will save you money!
Reasons to Buy the First Pitch XL Pitching Machine
1/3 HP Motor
Throws up to 80 MPH
First Pitch built the XL Pitching Machine with the user in mind. They recognize that many people using the machine will need to carry the machine on and off the field.
The First Pitch XL Pitching Machine is built from a combination of steel and aluminum. The aluminum keeps the machine light and portable. The XL only weighs 65 pounds. If you take the legs off when transporting, the machine is even lighter.
Commercial Grade Machine
Pitches Real Baseballs & Softballs
Easy to Use Speed Dial
Made in the USA
Comes Standard as Baseball/Softball Combo Machine
Many pitching machines have the option of being a baseball or softball pitching machine, with it being more expensive to be a combo machine. The First Pitch Original comes standard as a combo machine, saving you money.
The legs sit high when used for baseballs, to simulate an overhand pitch. When using the machine for softball, the machine will sit low, simulating an underhand pitch.
Quick Transition between Baseball & Softball
The machine will only take a couple of minutes to transition between use for baseball and softball. You will want to make sure the machine sits hit for baseball and low for softball (to simulate the difference between an underhand and overhand pitch). The second step is switching the chute.
The machine will come with two chutes, one for baseball and one for softballs (11” and 12”). Even though baseballs will fit through the softball chute, you will want to make sure you switch to the baseball chute when using baseballs. This is because there is less room for the ball to “wiggle” when going through the proper chutes.
First Pitch XL Pitching Machine FAQ
A: The First Pitch XL Pitching Machine and Original have a lot of similarities. They both come equipped with a 1/3 HP Motor and throw pitches up to 80 MPH. If you are using the machine solely for batting practice, save the money and go with the Original.
The difference between the machines comes when using them for fielding exercises. The XL comes on a 360-degree swivel and has a bigger vertical range of motion allowing for ground balls and pop flies. This is not the case with the Original.
The other difference is the XL only needs one set of legs to use for baseball and softball. When you attach the legs, there are three locations where you can lock in the legs. One is to set the machine high (for baseball), one is to set the machine low (for softball), and one is in between.
The Original does not have this feature. If you are looking to simulate an underhand softball pitch and an overhand baseball pitch you will have to buy two sets of legs.
A: The First Pitch XL Pitching Machine throws both baseballs and softballs. It will throw real leather baseballs & softballs, dimpled balls, pitching machine balls, and other practice balls.
A: The XL comes with two different chutes, one for baseball and one for softball. Baseballs will fit in the softball chute; however, we strongly recommend switching to the baseball chute when using the machine for baseball practice. The softball chute is larger meaning there will be a lot of extra space when using a baseball.
This “wiggle” room could cause the pitches to be less accurate. Switching to the baseball chute will ensure the baseball takes the correct path through the machines, providing a more accurate pitch.
First Pitch offers a 5-year warranty for residential and non-commercial use. The warranty defaults to a 1-year warranty for all commercial use purchases. First Pitch defines commercial use as a batting cage or training facility for hire.
First Pitch considers schools and leagues to be non-commercial use, which means they qualify for the 5-year warranty. This warranty covers all mechanical and electrical parts against manufacturers defect or premature failure during reasonable normal use.
Solid pitching machine. Paid a little extra because the XL throws 10 MPH harder than the Baseline.