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Read The Red

Monday, June 29, 2009 by Anonymous

My son plays High School baseball and has a pretty good swing. He has problems hitting slower pitching and has trouble recognizing the difference in a fast/curve/change, etc.  I've heard "read the red" thrown around, but he says he has trouble seeing any type of spin on the ball with faster pitchers. Any suggestions on how to get him to see the ball better, or to recognize pitches quicker?


June 29, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

Read the Red is our term for recognizing spin patterns and seam trajectory on thrown baseballs. As your son tracks thrown baseballs, suggest that he pays more attention to the red/seam part of the ball than the white part of the baseball. This increased level of concentration will help his visual focus during the evaluation part of the swing.

Improved pitch recognition is also a function of the hitter's loading actions. Specifically, if your son's first move is to go forward in his swing, he will have problems evaluating the slower pitches. Remind him of the importance of the quieting his head and slowing down his feet as he prepares to initiate his move to the ball. Another suggestion would be to have your son "study" the arm slot, delivery tempo and hand position of the pitcher as he delivers the baseball. At the amateur level, most pitchers will provide pre-release visual cues as they throw their different pitches.
September 7, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Caleb Allen says:

I tell my hitters to look away and react in. 80% of pitches thrown at the high school level will be offspeed pitches or fastballs away. Get that foot down in time for the inside heat but expect to hit the ball deep in the zone on the outer half. If the pitcher throws inside your foot should already be down and your backside ready to explode through the baseball. When the pitcher throws outside or offspeed see it deep and drive the ball right back at him. Give him the old "chuck and duck."

The most important part of seeing the ball is having a good base (legs). If your legs are out of control and your foot is not down when you pull the trigger, your head will be moving which makes your eyes bounce. When your eyes bounce the ball looks faster with much more movement. You might hear "keep the head still", but control of your head always starts at the feet. Control your body and you will control your head which keeps the eyes from bouncing which makes your ey
December 28, 2009 at 2:18 AM

Jon says:

For slower pitchers have you son make an adjustment and move up in the box. It is O.K. for a hitter to move around, I know very few MLB'ers do this but then with the exception of a couple guys everybody throws high eighties low nineties this precluding the movement.

One thing we do is to put a number on the baseballs then throw them in b.p. and have the player call out the number on the ball as they are hitting. Also have your son play catch or catch some pitchers and have them throw their offspeed stuff, the more he see the different spin the more he will get used to it

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