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How To Tell What Pitch A Pitcher Is Throwing (Before He Throws It!!)


– Hey what’s up guys! It’s Coach Justin
from Ultimate Baseball Training and today we’re gonna be talking about how
to tell what pitch a pitcher is throwing before he actually throws it. I think
you’re gonna like this one… let’s jump into it! Now is it possible for you to
guess exactly what pitch is coming before the pitcher throws it every
single time? No, of course not right. That’s what makes hitting so difficult
and that’s what makes the game of baseball so fun. I mean it’s a challenge
right, so you’re not gonna be able to do this every single time. You’re not gonna
always know exactly what pitch is coming out of the hand – but there are some
things that you can do some things that you can study to really give yourself an
advantage at the plate and guess right or anticipate the correct pitch more
often than not all right so that’s we’re going to talk about in today’s video the
very first thing that you need to be doing okay is you need to watch the
opposing pitchers pregame bullpen and you need to watch his warm-up in between
innings alright so why do I say you need to watch his pregame bullpen shouldn’t
we be focused on what we’re doing on this side of things well I’m a firm
believer that yes you have to get yourself ready to play that’s the most
important thing you have to get yourself ready physically and you have to get
yourself locked in and ready to go mentally too but there’s so much data
that you can collect from watching the 10 or 15 minute bullpen of the opposing
pitcher before the game for example here are some information that you can
collect first of all you want to get your timing down right and so it’s
better to get your timing down before he actually steps on the real mound and
you’re facing him in the real game you’d be better if you could get your timing
down before the first pitch alright so getting your timing down is one big
thing but also you can figure out what pitches does this pitcher throw you
might have never faced this picture before so does he just have a fastball
and a changeup does he have a fastball curveball slider changeup how many
pitches does he have and more importantly on that particular day what
can he actually throw for strikes ok because pitchers they’re human just like
hitters right we’re all human and pitchers are gonna have different things
working on different days so for example he might you know throw let’s say a
fastball a curveball and a changeup but you notice in his pregame bullpen that
he cannot find the strike zone with his curveball right he might be struggling
with you know his real he might be throwing his curveball ten
feet high in the air or throwing into the dirt every single time he cannot
locate his curveball so guess what you can do as a hitter
your first at-bat of the day you can go into that about confident knowing this
guy is probably going to throw me a fastball or a changeup
you literally instead of three pitches and the likelihood of him throwing each
of those pitches being 33.33% right you literally eliminated a third of his
pitches so now it’s a 50/50 toss-up is he going to throw me a fastball or is he
gonna throw me a changeup and you know and hitters counts a lot of times a
fastball is gonna be coming out of the hand so you see how collecting this data
pregame can really help you out and also you know hitters or pitchers rather you
know they can have different things working on different days but they can
also find a pitch in the middle of the game so it might be in between innings
right and then all of a sudden he can locate that curveball maybe now he’s
struggling to locate that changeup so that’s why it’s so important to watch
not only for pitching changes and to see new pictures coming in but even that
starting pitcher pay attention to what’s working right now for him and what he’s
struggling with the next thing you need to do is you need to study the pitchers
tendencies and his patterns alright and again I mentioned it earlier but we’re
all human beings right we all fall into routines and patterns I mean you get up
in the morning and you brush your teeth that’s something that you probably don’t
have to think about it’s just a pattern it’s a routine that you fall into and
pitchers really have to fight this they really have to consciously work on not
falling into patterns but you’re gonna notice that a lot of pitchers do a lot
of pitchers what are some things you can look for a lot of pitchers like to start
hitters off with a similar pitch in the same pitch right so you might find that
hitters or pitchers over rely on their fastball and so they like to start the
majority of hitters off with fast balls okay so figure out what patterns what
does he like to typically throw first pitch similarly what does he like to
throw when he’s ahead in the count how about behind in the count is there a
particular pitch that he loves to go to with two strikes if he gets a hitter
down to two strikes since he always tried to throw a curveball in the dirt
that’s really good information to know when you’re at the plate and you
actually get to two strikes okay so you know pitchers try to not fall into these
patterns and these tendencies and things like that but they’re Hulme
they start focusing on other things maybe they’re struggling to find the
zone they start worrying about mechanics and they’re not so concerned with you
know what pitch is actually coming out of the hand catchers same thing they’re
calling calling games and sometimes there are certain patterns that they
like to fall into so figure out you know what does he like to throw a first pitch
what does he like to throw when he’s ahead in the count what does he like to
throw when he’s behind how about how does he like to put hitters away
does he like to start pitchers or hitters out with the first pitch either
in or away does he like to you know stay on the outer half of the plate stay on
the inner half of the plate what’s the location that he likes to go to with two
strikes okay so these are all things that come from studying the game
actually not screwing around in the dugout you know I’m fine with you
laughing and having a good time with your friends but be locked in on the
pitcher what he’s got going on and really try to study these patterns these
tendencies what does he consistently like to do that’ll give you an advantage
at the plate and the last tip this one’s really important figure out if he does
anything to tip his pitches in other words does he do anything pre pitch that
gives away what pitch he’s actually throwing and pitchers are kind of
notorious for this especially at the younger levels a great example is you
know they’re looking at the catcher getting their sign and all of a sudden
you can see that there you know wiggling their fingers and there’s a whole lot of
movement in their glove and what are they doing traditionally they’re digging
for a breaking ball right a lot of times pitchers come set and they might you
know have that fastball grip and then as soon as they see it’s you know an
off-speed pitch it’s called by the catcher then they got to go dig for that
grip so if you see finger movement for example that could be you know a sign as
to when you see him digging around in his glove what pitch comes out of the
hand next is it always an off-speed pitch next or you know another great
thing that you need to try to figure out is what pitch does he try to preset in
his glove so a lot of younger pitchers will try to preset a fastball in their
glove so anytime they’re wiggling that means they’re digging for something
off-speed but the higher and higher levels you progress then pitchers start
to get a little bit smarter and a lot of times then they’ll come preset with
let’s say a curveball grip or a changeup grip a lot of times it’s whatever pitch
is hardest for them to throw whatever pitch is you know I should say grip wise
is high the hardest grip to get to that’s
actually the grip that they’ll preset and then they might go digging for a
fastball and so try to figure out how does he come set what is his preset grip
that he has in his glove and then the last thing that you can kind of look at
in terms of whether or not he tips his pitches is you know things like arm
angle so maybe on a fastball he has a three-quarter arm slot he’s throwing the
ball from over here but then on the curveball he really has to get on top of
it and it’s a completely different release point and so that might be
something to where it’s not really before the pitch it’s as he’s delivering
the pitch but if you can recognize from his release point before the ball
actually comes out of his hand up that’s a curveball you’re gonna have a better
chance of actually hitting it so figure out does he tip his pitches in any way
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