Allows hitters to practice hitting with a 2-strike count, while infielders get reps fielding and throwing
- Infielders in regular positions
- Batting practice hitter at home plate
- Coach pitching from mound
- No fungos
- Baserunners at second and third base
- Coach pitches to BP hitter. Fielders and baserunners play live off the bat.
Batting Practice Hitter – 2-Strike Hitting Round
- BP Hitter receives pitches from Coach at the mound. He uses his 2-Strike approach on each pitch
- On each hit, infielders play live off the bat
- Baserunner at second and third read balls as though there is one out. Advance on a sure base hit, or tag up on a deep fly ball
- Return ball to Coach at the mound and reset.
With two strikes, hitters should focus on swinging more conservatively, putting the ball into play and avoiding the strikeout.
There are 3 common adjustments hitters will make to increase their odds:
- Choke up on the bat, to increase bat control, and create a shorter, quicker swing
- Widen the stance, to decrease the amount of head movement and body movement on the swing, and increase the chances of making contact
- Move closer to the plate, to help cover the outside part of the plate.
For Younger Athletes:
- Teach a simplified two-strike approach, focusing on one or two key adjustments like choking up on the bat or widening their stance.
- Work on developing patience at the plate. With two strikes, young hitters often feel pressured and may swing at bad pitches, so teaching them to remain calm is key.
- Stress the importance of a positive mindset and encourage younger players to view two-strike counts as a challenge rather than a disadvantage.
For Older Athletes:
- Focus on pitch recognition skills for older, more experienced hitters, teaching them to anticipate and identify different pitches to adjust their swing accordingly.
- Encourage a mindset of being aggressive yet controlled, ready to swing at strikes but careful not to expand the strike zone excessively.
- Help older hitters develop personalized two-strike approaches, which could include specific stance adjustments or mental strategies unique to their style.