You can have the greatest mechanics in the world, with a great hitting approach, and skill, But even when you’re seeing the ball great, and hitting it hard, the game of baseball still doesn’t promise you success.
You can do everything right and still go hitless!
Fortunately there are some things that little league, high school and college coachs don’t teach that may help with you getting on base and increasing you’re batting average.
2 tips to know what pitch is coming
This is actually a tip I heard from an anonymous minor leaguer who would rather go unnamed for the risk of being infamous by opposing pitchers and catchers for this approach. He claims that he did them when necessary, and not only to help increase his batting average, but to help his team win.
Here is the first one…..
On occasion, right before the pitcher begins his delivery and the catcher has set-up on which ever side of the plate, call time out. As you step out of the batter’s box to take a few practice swings, in the corner of you’re eye notice where the catcher has set up.
Is it on the inner or outer half?
Depending on the game’s situation, where he is set up will tell you a lot about what pitch is coming. EX: If you have two strikes on you and the catcher has set up inside, guess what? He’s probably coming inside with a fast ball. How many times has a pitcher thrown you a change-up or breaking located in? NEVER! They’re supposed to bury those pitches or locate away right?
The trick is to do this sparingly, and on certain occasions.
If you aren’t slick enough to do this, then be ready to get hit. Catchers aren’t stupid.
#2 Have the hitter on-deck communicate with you on catcher’s setup while you are in the batter’s box.
This is another effective yet dangerous way of knowing pitch location. Figure out a system with a teammate on how to let you know when a catcher has set up inside or outside. EX: He can call out your number when a catcher sets up inside( let’s go two three!) Or have him call your last name when a catcher’s set up away( hit it hard castro!)
If I got a quarter for every time I saw a hitter smash a change-up away because his teammate warned him it was coming, I would be a very rich man.
Both of these tips are risky, so do them at your own risk! If you can do them right, expect to see your batting average rise quite quickly.
If you are a hitter with a little bit of speed and has the ability to get down the line pretty fast, anytime your in a situation with first base empty and a runner on second with less than two outs, try bunting toward the the first baseman. First of all, he should be playing back. If can get it past the pitcher it should be an easy hit. If your timing is right and your able to square around not to early but also not to late, you should be awarded a sacrifice if you happen to get out.
These three batting average tips, are considered scrappy. If you find yourself struggling at the plate, try these out, and tell me how they work!
Regardless of who you are. How talented you may be, or who you play for. Playing baseball every day is an absolute grind. Ground ball after ground ball. Pitch after pitch. Sprint after sprint. Over the course of a season, being consistent is very difficult. Not having a mental and physical approach to rely on will make it that much harder. You have to be programed to think and feel in a certain way(consistently) like a robot analyzes it’s surroundings.
It’s computer programs are consistent regardless of the situation.
Having a specific approach is a lot like having a daily ritual. Without doing this specific ritual, something just isn’t right.
Success is within your control.
The great thing about an having a ritual or approach is that it reminds you that there somethings in baseball that are within your control to be successful at. Regardless of how many times you strike-out, you can always be successful in preparing for an at-bat exactly the same way. You can boot a ground ball, but nobody can ever take away sprinting to your position between innings. Being consistent with using rituals tricks your mind into thinking that you have a sense of control with the success you experience in baseball on a daily basis. This is a very powerful emotion.
For the longest time I was under the impression that hitting for power was something that you were born able to do or not. Now after reading a handful of books and researching the history of today’s modern hitters, I have come to the realization that this simply isn’t true. In fact, there are plenty of professional players that will admit that they simply learned to hit for power with experience and time, and a lot of it had to do with making little adjustments.
Here is one really interesting one, and it’s not even a hitting drill.
Interchange swinging light and heavy bats. I’m sure that you, like many players have used weights or a donut with the bat while waiting in the on-deck circle. More and more professional trainers are claiming that using a weighted donut before an at-bat is actually
slowing your bat-speed simply because while swinging, your not firing the right muscle fibers, and stimulating the nervous system. Basically your not enforcing your muscles ability to generate an explosive movement.
Using a donut or swinging a heavier bat I feel is best used to develop grip and fore-arm strength, but as for preparing for an up andcoming at-bat, the bat your using or a lighter object like a broom-stick that older players like Ted
Williams and Willy Mays used would probably be a better supplementation for a quick swing.
Tell us what you think!