The pitchout is one of the best defenses against an attempted steal. Unfortunately, calling a pitchout is a bit of a gamble since you don't quite know whether a runner is going or not. The best scenario would happen when a coach picks the opposing coach's sign and you know FOR SURE that a steal is coming.
The pitchout also takes great timing, footwork and speed in order to get the ball down to 2nd base in time. Coach McCartney takes us through the footwork of the pitchout.