By Kim Santana. Baseball Gear. Published at Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 - 14:14:05 PM.
Instead, really focus on swing consistency and repetition to help increase the speed you bring it through the zone. Even a slight increase in overall speed (think just 2 to 5 miles per hour increase) can give you up to 40 feet extra distance, and a ton more velocity when you square one up.
Professional pitchers are known for throwing around 70 to 75 percent first-pitch strikes in game. Every pitcher should try to reach this level of efficiency because it will make it easier to control at-bats. Now that you have successfully entered the 0-1 count, you will have a little leeway on what types of pitches to throw, and where you would like to locate them. The number one strategy in this pitch count is to get another strike on the batter. However, this doesn’t mean that you throw a meaty fastball down the middle of the plate.
If you are able to locate your off-speed consistently, then this is a great opportunity to throw a changeup, slider, or curveball. By doing so, this will keep the batter off-balance and guessing. 0-1 changeups are excellent because the batter thinks you are throwing a meat fastball, but instead its 6-10 mph slower and sharply breaking downward. The result? The batter will probably swing over the top of the ball or will be way out in front of the pitch. You can have a similar result by throwing a sharp breaking slider or cutter that starts down the middle of the plate, and breaks away toward the outer half.
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