Be aggressive and throw strike one. When the first pitch is a strike, the hitters' average in an 0-1 count is .111. If you throw ball one, the hitters' average goes up to over .400 at that point. If that is not convincing enough, I do not know what will be. Be relaxed and confident and then execute your pitch. This will set the tone for the at bat as well as the game you bring to the table.
Stop squishing the bug! You hear it so much these days. I completely understand that coaches are trying to help young players get rotation. However you are only making them more rotational then they need to be. Hitting is linear and rotational and the rotational part does not start with the back foot. The rotation is in the hips. Yes the back foot will turn as the hips rotate but this is due to the hip rotation. The knee should pinch in giving the hands direction through the zone. At contact, you should see knee to knee. This will allow you to have good rotation around your center line of gravity.
Fastball Fundamentals #4:
Learn how to throw fastballs low in the zone at the knees. Hitters dislike pitchers that are able to locate every pitch at the knees. Staying low in the zone will lead to more ground balls. More ground balls will allow your infielders to turn more double plays. Locate your fastball in and out at the knees and watch your success rate rise.
Give yourself the best chance to hit pitches down in the zone. Rotation in your hips should be downhill. Your bat angle will be slightly different to the low pitch than the one at your waist. Letting the ball travel deeper will also help. Try to extend on the plane of where you make contact with the baseball. You must be in your legs to hit the low pitch. If you are not, you will make contact and pull up out of the zone. Work off the tee on pitches at your knees or even slightly lower. Make this a part of your daily hitting routine.
Fastball Fundamentals #3:
Learn how to locate the fastball a few inches off the plate. Do this when you're ahead in the count 0-1, 0-2, and 1-2 and you’ll see a lot more strikeouts.
Your swing path should be downhill, inside, and through the baseball. Too many players lift up after contact with the baseball. Work on keeping your chest angled down throughout the entire swing. Try to flatten out after you make contact. Players who have their barrel in the hitting zone for a lengthy amount of time have a better chance for success. After extension, let the hands turn over and get out to the finishing point. Feel the hands finish before the chest.
Fastball Fundamentals #2:
Learn how to locate your fastball right down the middle. By doing this, you’ll challenge more hitters, walk fewer hitters, and make them earn their way on base.
Work on picking the baseball up right out of the pitcher’s arm slot. The sooner you can recognize a pitch, the higher the chance is to put a quality swing on the ball. You can use a number system on the plate to help recognize pitches. You should call this number out as you anticipate, not when it is already in the hitting zone. It is okay to be wrong. This is the only way you will learn. Train yourself to make quick decisions, and react.
Fastball Fundamentals: Know your strengths and weaknesses of your fastball. This is this best pitch you have so you need to realize where you locate it well and where you may struggle to locate it. Work hard on your weaknesses to turn them into strengths. Give your fastball the attention it deserves in practice.
Learn to take pitches in your legs keeping your hands back. Keeping your hands separated from your hips is key. You must anticipate swing and decide not to on every pitch. Players who lead with their hands will be out in front and easily fooled by off speed pitches. Hitters want their barrels in the zone for a lengthy amount of time. This will give us the best chance for success and quality at bats.