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  • Need help with pitch selection

    OK so I want to know if there is any sort of drill you can do to work on pitch selection. I have great mechanics according to my coaches, and I can hit with the best of our team in soft toss, off the tee and BP. But when I get into a live situation, I have some trouble with pitch selection. I have trouble recognizing the outside corner (I can hit it though) and I often get called strikes there. I tried scooting up, but then I just get jammed on the inside. Any suggestions?
    Tualatin High School Frosh Baseball Team

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    stand in when your pitchers are throwing in the bullpen. call out the pitch type and location (ball or strike) and then ask the catcher if you're right. don't bother asking the pitchers - they think everything is a strike
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    • #3
      Originally posted by jalbert
      don't bother asking the pitchers - they think everything is a strike
      so true

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jalbert
        stand in when your pitchers are throwing in the bullpen. call out the pitch type and location (ball or strike) and then ask the catcher if you're right. don't bother asking the pitchers - they think everything is a strike
        Good advice. That's a great way to work on pitch recognition.

        Millahtrotter, don't sweat this too much. You're still very young. As your experience builds, you'll get to know the strike zone down to the inch, and you'll understand yourself better as a hitter; which pitches you handle best, etc.

        You shouldn't be constantly moving back and forth though. Make the pitcher adjust to you. If you keep moving around, you're one step behind, and they'll always counter your move. Instead, think reverse psychology. Show them what they want to see, and make them think they have that edge, but you know what they're thinking the whole time.

        For instance, I like the ball up in the zone a bit, but can also hit the low pitch very well. So, I hold my hands in a comfortable spot, just below my right armpit; pretty low. I've had many pitchers who try to challenge me up in the zone with hard stuff, cause they don't think I can catch up to it, but I do. I'm showing them one thing, knowing full well they will try to take advantage of it.

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        • #5
          Interesting advice guys, thanks a lot. I'll try that stand in thing at our next practice tomorrow.
          Tualatin High School Frosh Baseball Team

          Go Wolves!

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