One thing I learned was to never judge a pitcher’s ability based on whether he threw strikes when it was just him pitching and you catching. Instead, I now judge all of my guys Both in choosing pitchers and deciding whether a pitcher is ready to pitch that day) based on whether they can throw strikes with a batter in the box (I have a kid stand in the box with a helmet on and pretending he is going to swing – I learned the hard way via a ball to the throat to don’t actually give the “batter” a bat).
Also, I am interested in the idea of using simulated innings (e.g. keeping track of at least balls, strikes, and walks) as a tool to both judge and teach pitchers. It seems like that would be a good place to learn how to catch up once you get behind a hitter. If you can’t do it in a simulated inning, it’s going to be much harder in an actual game.
What do you think?