What age to learn the cutter?


#1

Wondering the consensus wisdom is on what age is the right age to learn a cutter?
My son (age 15, freshman) was told by his high school coach he wants him to learn the cutter. Seems needless to me, he’s got a good curveball that he doesn’t let him throw (or any of the other freshmen for that matter). Just doing some due diligence.


#2

My son is going to be 11 soon and he throws a cutter. Started working on it last summer.

A cutter is a essentially a fast ball with your fingers on the ball differently and apply different finger pressure to the ball at release. Same as a 2-seam’er and a change-up. You throw with the exact same motion and only finger placement and finger pressure should change (ok… slight pronation at release on circle change but not drastic) My son’s cutter will move about 4-6 inches. The catcher on his team loves to call it… so funny.

Freshman… sure… go ahead and learn it if he is commanding his fastball… IMO


#3

ASAP, assuming he’s physically matured enough to do so. As he gets older he could mould it into a tight slider.