Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Quadrant hitting – Part 1

November 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Hitting

Say what you want about Alex Rodriguez’s personal decisions over his career but you have to give himquadrants1 credit for his knowledge of hitting.  I don’t know about you but I loved listening to him as one of the playoff announcers. There were many great insights he made but one stood out because it reminded me of a post I created awhile back called How to hit a 100mph fastball.

He was asked by another announcer how he would approach an at-bat if he had to face a guy like the Mets Jacob deGrom who has filthy stuff and throws in the upper 90’s.  A-Rod immediately said you have to have a game-plan (great advice on its own) and become a quadrant hitter (also great advice).  That was basically the same point I made in the previous post linked above.  The picture to the right is a visual of what he was talking about.

When you face a pitcher with nasty stuff, you simply will not be able to cover the entire plate.  The pitcher will eat you alive if you try.  As a batter, your game plan involves looking for the ball in a particular quadrant.  If you get it, you can’t miss it.  That’s how you attack good pitching and that’s how a batter hits a 100mph fastball.

However, deciding to be a quadrant hitter is just half the battle.  The second half deals with the next big question …

Do you pick the quadrant you are best at hitting or do you pick the quadrant where you think the pitcher will throw it?  

That’s Part 2.

Until Monday, have a great weekend!

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