Curious about if hitters can really see the spin in realtime and react/adjust accordingly. I know my eyes aren't great, but I can't see any spin details when watching pitchers up close and in person. Everything looks easy and clear in super slow motion, but are hitters really seeing the spin of a 60+mph pitch? Are they seeing arm/hand position at release? Or are they anticipating based on count, pitcher tendency, etc.?
I've developed a pretty good eye for reading spin.
We don't even used a taped ball anymore.
And DD also can read her own spin on pitches without the help of a striped ball also.
She is a low to mid 50s pitcher, spinning 16-24rps depending upon the pitch.
I don't know if this becomes more difficult with greater velocity - but I suspect it does.
Less opportunity for your brain to read and process. I was able to read spin of local HS pitchers at our recent sectional finals,
this past weekend. (most were either all drop spin, or small-dot and large-dot bullet, for every "pitch" they threw. Except for 2 that impressed me with good variation on spin and axis for differing pitches...)
These HS girls hovered around 58-60.
Even in the 50s, I think it would be hard to process and make decisions about how to swing,
in real-time in a game, based upon what you perceive as how the ball is spinning.
Not saying it's impossible, but that it would take a lot of focused practice to learn this skill, I would think.
Last edited by corlay; 06-02-2017 at 11:15 AM.
Actually, I would call this Java's term "ramp ball".
But it's not thrown high in the zone at an upward trajectory.
So is it a missed location?
Or does Barnhill sometimes not achieve back-spin on a "low-rise"?
Ken B (06-02-2017)
If you see any good camera shots of pitchers from the side, shots of spin like above, or anything else noteworthy of capturing, note the Game, Inning (top/bot), Number of outs, and anything else that would help pinpoint the time and post it. I'll try to grab that event.
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