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If you only looked at one section on this website, this would be it. The reason for that is that so many coaches do not understand this part of the baseball swing. If your coach is teach you that inside pitch is pulled, middle goes middle and outside goes to the opposite field, you aren’t getting the full picture here. You need to understand how height changes things with the swing. Height has to be included when teaching contact points.
For inside pitches, you have more options as the ball goes down in the zone. With that pitch, you could hit it to the opposite field, back up the middle or to your pull side. As the ball comes up in the zone more, it is a little more challenging to inside out it (which would make the ball go middle or to the opposite field) and it is also challenging to get the barrel out front and keep it fair. For some of our middle-opposite field hitters, we don’t mind if they inside-out the low ball, but we try to get them to recognize the high pitch as a completely different pitch and we want them hitting that ball out front. Ideally, we would like to have all our hitters pull every pitch that is inside. Whether it is low, thigh high or up high in the zone, it’s a pitch that you can hit extremely far and it can be a game changer.
Low & Inside Pitches
You have a lot of options on this pitch. Pull it, go middle or steer it to the opposite field.
High & Inside Pitches
The high and inside pitch is hard to hit. I watched videos of Jeter back in the day and he would talk about pulling your hands in and hitting it back up the middle. You can do this, but we highly recommend learning how to pull the hands in, get them out front and angle the bat so you can launch this ball to your pull field and keep it fair. It’s one of the hardest pitches for hitters to hit well and keep fair, but if you can do it, you can hit this pitch out of the park pretty easily.
Middle of the Plate
Understand the Difference Between the Low Middle and High Middle Pitches. The low pitch is farther from you and harder to get in the air the farther you hit it out front and easier to get in the air if you let it get deeper. It’s easier to get lift on this pitch if you hit it back up the middle or hit it to your opposite field gap. If you are going to work on pulling it, make sure you stay down longer with your barrel. Too many hitters come up too soon and this will result in weak ground balls to your pull side.
The pitch high down the middle is very easy to catch out front and crush to your pull field. Whether you hit it into your pull gap, over the pull field outfielder’s head or down the line fair, we don’t really care. Just get the head out front and launch this ball.
The outside pitch can be a challenge for many hitters. The higher up it is, the less you have to go to your opposite field because that higher pitch is closer to you and you have more plate coverage on it, which means you can hit it farther out front, hit it on the barrel and still get it in the air. As it goes lower and farther out, it gets harder to hit. Learn to let this pitch get deeper, turn your hips less and get your hands a little farther from your body and you can hit this pitch better.
Low & Outside – You Can Hit It Back Up The Middle
For some of you that struggle with hitting the low and outside pitch, you may just want to work on hitting it back up the middle. You will get less extra base hits and you may line out or fly out to center field more than you like, but you will also get a lot of line drive base hits right back up the middle if you can get good at this.
Drive the Low & Outside Pitch
You can also learn how to drive this low and outside pitch to hit it for doubles and for some very strong hitters, even home runs.
High & Outside
The high & outside pitch can be crushed to the opposite field, dead center or even to our pull gap. It all depends on how high and how far out it is, where we are standing on the plate and what type of hitter and swing we have.