One of my jobs as a college pitching coach was to quickly breakdown the other team's pitcher and pass the information along to our batters. This was key to our post season success and two regional championships. Here are a few tips for non-pitchers to identify different types of pitchers and how to prepare for your at bat.
Identifying and hitting different types of Pitchers
You can set your approach by identifying the type of pitcher you will be facing. You want to be able to answer the following questions with in the first 5 batters she faces.
Type of pitcher
How to identify; watch the catcher! If her glove moves almost every pitch, the pitcher is not in command of her pitches. If the glove barely moves, the pitcher is locating her pitches.
Identify her "Get Ahead Pitch"
Identify their out pitch
Breaking down the pitcher and her strategy will aid you in making better decisions during your at bat. You will find some pitchers and pitching coaches will try to throw to a batters weakness. I train my pitchers to always throw to their strengths. Here are a few strategies to use if you face pitchers that try to identify your weaknesses.
Like inside pitches? Crowd the plate.
Like outside pitches? Try an open stance, then step towards the outside pitch.
Lefty? Do a fake slap on the first pitch to get the defese to get out of place.
Fast? Lay down a bunt after pulling a foul ball
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