Sometimes the best baseball tips require simple observation of the opposing pitcher. If you don’t know anything about an opposing pitcher, there are several very important things to watch for and you will get to know a lot about him very quickly. Players, coaches and baseball parents who want to help their son should know what to look for and the benefits will be tremendous! To get to know a pitcher quickly, pay close attention to what he does well and what he does not do well. You may know this before he takes the mound that day and if not, you can certainly learn much about him by watching him for an inning or so. Sometimes you can learn a lot after only one batter.
Good baseball pitchers will stay awake at night trying to figure out how to get hitters out. Just like the pitcher is looking for your strengths and weaknesses as a hitter, you too better be looking for his strengths and weaknesses! Pitchers at higher levels of play use pitching charts to get to know tendencies that baseball hitters have. Why can’t you, as a hitter, at least keep a mental chart of the pitcher’s tendencies? Here’s a list of possible ways that a hitter will be able to know what type of pitch a pitcher is going to throw or some strong tendencies he may have.
Some Very Important Things A Hitter Should Be Looking For:
1) Look for where his release point is. Quite often pitchers have different release points for different pitches and you may know what pitch he’s throwing before the pitcher actually releases the ball.
2) Time his pitches with your swing. You should have a good idea as to how fast the pitcher is before you face him.
3) Is the pitcher always throwing a first pitch fast ball all the time?
4) Does he lean back more toward second base to get some extra speed on his fast ball?
5) Does he slow down his windup at the last second when he’s throwing a change up?
6) On the other hand, does he speed up his windup too much when throwing a change up because he is trying too hard to disguise it?
7) Does he always throw the curve ball with 2 strikes?
8) Is the first pitch to each batter too “fat” and an easy pitch to hit?
9) Is the pitcher always throwing a breaking ball after he shakes off his catcher’s signal? (This tells you the catcher is never putting down the breaking ball as his first signal and then when the pitcher shakes off the catcher, you know the pitch will be his breaking ball)
10) Does the pitcher raise his front shoulder excessively when throwing the fastball to try to throw it faster?
11) Is he always pitching low and away and not using both sides of the plate by occasionally coming inside?
12) Does he drop his arm slot down a little to get more lateral movement on his breaking ball?
I’ve just listed a dozen things to observe and I’m sure you can come up with many more. If you’re serious about baseball hitting, you have to be thinking and observing all the time. While on the bench, sit next to a very good hitter and talk about the opposing pitcher throughout the game. Baseball hitting is tough so try to gain every possible advantage. Of the hundreds of baseball tips on hitting you may hear about, keep this one near the top of your list. It’s not a complicated technique but merely requires you to be observant.
Remember, the pitcher is thinking of anything and everything he can do to get you out. As a baseball hitter, you should be thinking of anything and everything you can do to have a successful at bat. You will be very pleased with yourself if you have observed that the pitcher has started five straight hitters off with a first pitch fast ball and you get up, see a first pitch fast ball, and hit a seed into one of the gaps! Even if you don’t know anything at all about a pitcher, you can learn his strengths, weaknesses and overall tendencies very quickly! Baseball tips on hitting require clever use of the mind and not just the body. The pitcher is using both his brain and his arm to beat you and you must do the same if you truly want to be a successful baseball hitter.
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