Ok so what sort of exchange time numbers are you seeing in these elite players?I'm speaking of 2nd yr 14u all the way to P5 D1 freshman starters from the best teams in our org. Some catchers short arm it a little more than others, to get the ball out faster. Some "wind up" a little more to get that extra velo. All are able to throw absolute gas, there are no soft throws in the above but there is a velo difference. Also, what is interesting is that the #1 and #2 catchers for our org are both lefties.
The point being, each catcher will bring an individual identity to their play. The bottom line is get the ball to 2nd the fastest.
The catchers that I'm referring to from seeing them in practices:
OU, Oregon, Washington current catchers
OU, Clemson, Florida commits
Correct with a slight caveat. The best have crazy velocity. They can afford to put a little less effort in gaining ground. Each foot of ground gained is equivalent to about one mph.4 steps is ridiculous. Catch-rIght-left-throw...that's it. Any more than that is wasting time that you will never make up with velocity. The video posted on page 8 by 625e is a good one to look at for how the best of the best do it. 2 steps. Minimal "gaining ground". Get your feet on the ground, and the ball in the air, as quickly as possible.
Ha, your lining yourself up to discredit my opinions based upon a metric that you know I don't have. I don't go out to my DD's practices and video the catching work. It is an observation. All of the elite catchers that I've seen or see (even just this weekend) are individually different. Their transfer times are all UNBELIEVABLE, yet, they are still different from each other. That is the only point that I was making.