Batter Approach to Pitch Count (Ancaster Baseball)

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Count    Approach

    0 - 0    look fastball, pitchers habits?, does he know your power zone?

    1 - 0    challenge

    2 - 0    challenge

    3 - 0    fastball, best pitch

    1 - 1    anything, depends on if last pitch ball or strike

    2 - 1    challenge

    3 - 1    challenge

    0 - 1    off speed same location, out pitch to chase

    0 - 2    out pitch

    1 - 2    out pitch

    2 - 2    anything, depends on if last pitch ball or strike

    3 - 2    depends on # outs, baserunners, batting order, best pitch

* next at-bat remember the sequence he threw, the pitcher will adjust if you were successful, the batter must adjust also. Your bench catcher should have a pitching chart, look it over and learn.

* memorize the best pitches working for that pitcher, he will rely on them when behind in the count.

    - set-up pitches; change sets up fastball

    - high fastball swung at calls for same higher
    -basic routine, down & away, high & inside

    - challenge pitches - ones that can dependably be thrown for a strike, and are thrown to be strikes at worst missing over some part of the white

    - out pitches - off the plate but ball is in the black at best to make batter chase, usually off speed, change, curve, slider

    - prior to two strikes look for pitch in your power zone, with two strikes there is no  “protect the plate” you are widening your strike zone and taking a good cut at anything hittable and thinking contact.

    - in a 2-0 or 2-1 count with runner on first this is a stealing situation. Pitcher will deliver fastball up in zone to help the catcher handle the ball for a throw-out. Therefore hit and run.

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Printed from on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 10:12 AM