Definitely agree. Pitchers will throw change-ups all day if the batters slow down their swing to make contact. Makes for good infield and popup practice. Once batters learn to sit a little and swing hard at change-ups then they can make pitchers pay.Depends. If the hitter has the adjustability in their swing to be able to hit it hard, do it. If you can't make a decent swing, gamble for another chance at something better.
If you are prepared to hit it, why not? And I agree with your other point. DD is a pitcher so I am perfectly fine if the other team refuses to swing at her change upMy thought is if you never swing at a change-up with less than 2 strikes, as a pitching coach, guess what two pitches I'm going to call to get ahead in the count? As a batter if I can recognize a pitch as a change-up and I can get a good swing on it, why in the world would I just let it go by and get behind 0-2?
There's a frequent poster in the technical hitting forum that swears by the phrase "don't swing at change-ups unless you have 2 strikes" because you want to hit "your" pitch not the pitcher's pitch. Was just curious what others teach and why?
Bold above... We do that too. In fact during the summer we spent a great deal of time with our pitchers and catchers to recognize certain patterns. We have our catchers call pitches, and they will try their best to exploit anything the hitter gives them. Myself and the other coaches will often speak to the battery in between innings, but they do a great job picking things up on their own. In most cases they are talking to each other and the coaches don't even need to get involved. I place a premium on smart players...If you don't swing at the change and I identify that as your strategy you will see nothing but change-ups early in the count. Defensively we are tracking pitches so it becomes apparent quickly who is swinging at what.
If you face a pitcher who's primary pitch is her change-up (60% of her pitches are change ups) you are in trouble.
The reason coaches don't want you to swing at the change-up with less than two strikes is that the batter(s) do not know how to resist and properly hit a change-up (so what difference does it make).
A pitcher that throws a good change-up isn't betting that someone can't hit it. They are betting that three hitters in a row can't do it (which would lead to runs being scored).