More impressive: a swing and miss pitch or a taken pitch


#1

What is more impressive to you, striking a hitter out looking or swinging? A swinging strike, called strike, or fouled off strike?
What would a scout rather see in the high school/collegiate ranks?


#2

How’s this for a good answer: both.

If you want to impress scouts, you need to have “swing and miss” stuff. So any time you can induce bad swings, that will certainly get attention.

A lot of people have been asking about what kind of velocity you need to get drafted or signed, but one of the big things scouts will look for is simply how your fastball plays. If you throw 94 and your fastball is getting crushed, that’s telling a scout that it doesn’t play like 94 or maybe it’s easy to pick up, or it’s flat, or just all of the above. A 90 mph fastball that gets a lot of swings and misses may just be graded higher by that scout. Of course a lot depends on the level of competition.

Now strike outs looking, they’re good too. That’s showing some command if it’s a spotted fastball. Or it’s also showing great stuff if you fool the hitter on an offspeed pitch.

Now if you’re really interested about this info for yourself then here’s the key advice: Don’t think about it! If the scouts are there, you’re not pitching for them. You can’t try to be someone you’re not just because you think a scout will like you more. Honestly, you can’t hide, that’s the fact. You are who you are. If you change your style, demeanor, or attitude just because of who is in the stands, then you’re in trouble. And the real “You” will come out at some point. Always pitch to your strengths and be the BEST “You” you can be.


#3

Yea I agree, didn’t swing could be guy looking for a walk etc., swing and miss however has an intent to it and that your stuff is moving and deceptive, fast or slow, inside or outside, up or down.


#4

The important thing is the batter’s intention.
In a game you’ll be facing different types of hitter. There’s the guy who will take every pitch—he’s either looking to draw a walk, or he’s looking for a particular pitch that he can swing at and drive out of the ball park and across the street and into Aunt Minnie’s kitchen window. There’s the one who will go after the first pitch no matter where it is. There’s the batter who is looking to hit to the opposite field—and the one who makes no effort to get out of the way of an inside pitch because he wants to take the lazy way to get on base. Of course the pitcher is aiming for a nice juicy strikeout; how he attains it is determined by how he deals with the batter.
And here’s how to deal with the batter, whatever kind he is: get that first pitch in there for a strike. The batter might take that pitch, or he might swing and miss or foul it off; the important thing is that if you get that first pitch strike you’re ahead of the batter and ahead of the game. To do so you have to know the proclivities of the different hitters—their strengths and their weaknesses, how and where to pitch them—and where not to pitch them. This is an aspect of strategic pitching that I learned a long time ago; my wise and wonderful pitching coach talked to me a lot about it.
And how the scouts might look at it doesn’t matter. It’s what you do with the stuff you have, how you use it to get ahead of the hitters and get them out. 8) :slight_smile: :baseballpitcher: