Embed from Getty Images As the Detroit Tigers, are in deep prep for the 2018 MLB draft. Let’s take a look at how to identify a good hitting prospect.
There are a few key components to be aware of when watching a batter. It is more than step up to the plate and hit. Much deeper.
Hand-eye coordination, leads the discussion. The batter must be able to track the ball with his eyes and put the barrel of the bat on the ball. “Barrel accuracy” is a term often used by scouts when scouting.
Balance, is very important. Very rarely is a MLB hitter off balance. This is taught to kids through the minor leagues.
Head position, is a must. The batter needs to be able to see and track the ball clearly. Scouts pay close attention if a batter pulls his head when swinging.
Hand speed, hitters with quick hands can whip the bat through the strike zone and make contact. Hand speed generates bat speed.
Hitting the opposite way, in today’s game MLB teams seem to put a premium on players who can hit to the opposite field.
Big game performers, baseball is a game that hinges on every pitch and every hit. Clutch hitters are a must for teams. The bigger the game the bigger the pressure. Scouts want a player who craves this situation.
Pitch selection, is a hitter chasing bad pitches? If they are the player will be over looked. Nothing beats a good eye at the plate. As well as a hitter who can foul pitches off to stay alive until the get a pitch to their liking.
I hope this helps. That you can take a peek into the world of scouting.