When facing off against hitters, pitchers often get caught up thinking about the wrong things: How hard am I throwing? How much is my pitch spinning? How many pitches do I have? How much do they move?
To counteract this, Marissa Young takes a different approach when training her pitchers. She asks them to first consider what hitters are trying to do, then devise ways to prevent them from achieving their goals. For example, common hitter objectives might include seeing the ball as early as possible, being on time with the swing, and squaring the barrel to the ball. Knowing this, a pitcher should focus on throwing pitches that keep hitters off balance and prevent them from squaring up to the ball.
To learn more about pitching strategies that disrupt hitters, watch the video.