How To Face Different Types Of Pitchers

Hitter's who really learn how to face different types of pitchers prepare themselves to make adjustments to at-bats late in the game as well as against pitchers who can make rapid adjustments on the mound to keep hitters off balance.

There are four types of pitchers that hitters should be aware of:

  1. The Power Pitcher
  2. The Deceptive Pitcher (Unorthodox)
  3. Control Pitcher
  4. Backward Pitcher

These pitchers come in all shapes and sizes. They will showcase different strengths, weaknesses, tendencies, approaches, and roles.

The four types of pitchers above can appear as a:

  • Starter
  • Relief
  • Mid-Relief, Set-up, specialist
  • Closer

Lastly - these pitchers can by either:

  • Right-handed
  • Left-handed

That leaves us with 32 different variations of pitchers that we can possibly face on the mound.

As the hitter, our job is to know what type of pitcher we're facing and what our approach should be based on their skill-set.

Below are quick break-downs and descriptions of each pitcher-types as well as what to expect while in the batter's box.

The Power Pitcher

With the Power Pitcher, expect to see high-velocity. High-level prospects and Starters will have effortless effort while Mid-Relievers and Closers will tend to be max-effort.

Fly ball pitchers are common since Power Pitchers rely on their velocity to get away with the fastball up in the zone.

They're not afraid to throw inside.

Lastly - A Power Pitcher tries to establish the off-speed to make the fastball more effective.

The Deceptive Pitcher (Unorthodox)

Common characteristics of The Deceptive Pitch is a three-quarter or side-arm release point.

They can mix up the tempo and rhythm of their windup as well as hide the ball behind their body until just after delivery.

Also - a deceptive pitcher will tend to have more movement on the pitch by utilizing a two-seam or cutter.

Deceptive Pitchers are known to throw a "heavy ball" since hard contact percentages go down as hitters tend to pick up the ball later in the zone or while struggling with adjusting to the movement of the pitch.

The Control Pitcher

The Control Pitcher tends to rely less on velocity though may use it as an "out-pitch" on the inner half of the plate when ahead in the count.

Typically, a Control Pitcher starts an at-bat and game by establishing the outside fastball to make their lower velocity FB-middle-in more effective.

When you see pitchers who have lower velocity jamming hitter's and breaking bats, it's because they're efficient with the fastball away, first.

The two best pitches of a Control Pitcher are:

  • Strike One
  • The Defense

A Control Pitcher works fast to keep their defense on their toes while also pitching-to-contact to get hitters to chase out of the zone.

The Backward Pitcher

A Backward Pitcher can have all of the same characteristics of a Power, Deceptive or Control Pitcher.

The key difference is, a Backward Pitcher isn't afraid to throw a curve-ball or breaking ball when the hitter has count leverage.

2-0 change-ups, 1-0 curveballs, 3-1 sliders are common when a Backward Pitcher can establish the secondary pitch for strikes.

As hitters, it's important that you're watching the pitcher while they're facing your team-mates to make a decision on what adjustments you need to make.

Another common situation with a Backward Pitcher is the 2-2 count curveball pitch to contact.

Similar to the Control Pitcher, the Backwards Pitcher's two best pitches are strike one and their defense.

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How To Face Different Types Of Pitchers - CHECKLIST

Regardless of what type of pitcher you're facing, at the end of the day, you're #1 job is to Win The At-Bat anyway you can.

  • Attack the inner-half of the ball
  • Keep your finger on the Swing Triggerâ„¢
  • Focus on the result you want with a controlled-aggressive swing
  • Compete your tail off w/ a belie that you can beat the pitcher

How good you get at executing these four things in every, single at-bat will dictate how productive you are from one pitcher to the next.

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