When calling pitches, it’s important to consider batter timing. Learning to read hitter cues can help you decide on the most effective option.
A dead hook is a sure sign of an early hitter. To catch the batter off-guard, the pitcher may want to throw a changeup that changes planes on the inside, forcing the batter to speed up or slow down when swinging.
A hitter who fouls to the side is typically swinging late. For this batter type, a pitcher will likely want to forgo the changeup to avoid throwing right into the barrel.
A balanced hitter who fouls straight back is usually on-time. In this case, a pitcher may want to send in a pitch that flips sides or moves further outside or up.
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