Jaime Cevallos and Michael Dominick are baseball training aid developers. Their method is simple – look for the blind spots in conventional training, then build a training aid that exploits that blind spot. In 2015, they identified pitch recognition as that blind spot, and the Pitchview as the solution.
“With the Pitchview, you’re not just training pitch recognition, the most untapped opportunity in baseball,” says Jaime, “but you’re also training it in the best way possible. There is no better way to train PR than to get live looks at pitches with no fear of getting hit. This will train your eyes and brain to recognize pitches much faster.”
Says Michael, ” We develop training aids to change the game.” The team’s first training aid was the MP30 Training Bat which helps hitters achieve the slot position through the swing and has become one of the most popular training bats in baseball in the last decade. “We expect the Pitchview to change the way hitters approach their craft.”
The Pitchview is a transparent protective screen so hitters can stand in on bullpen sessions and practice viewing pitches. This allows hitters to practice pitch recognition for the first time, making them much more competent and confident at the plate. By practicing with the Pitchview, hitters will stop getting fooled by pitches and quickly acquire the ability to wait for their pitch. Their stats will speak for themselves.
The Science Points to Pitch Recognition
There are four main skills in hitting – hand/eye coordination, strength and speed, swing mechanics, and pitch recognition. Of all these skills, pitch recognition is the only that has not been practiced in the history of baseball. This means within pitch recognition lies the biggest opportunity for a significant edge. Very recent scientific studies have confirmed this, proving that even small amounts of pitch recognition training can lead to tremendous improvement in hitters.
The skill of pitch recognition is about letting your brain make pattern connections between the release movement of the pitcher and the flight of the ball. The Pitchview is the only way to practice pitch recognition in its entirety because it lets you view both the release and the flight of the ball, so your hitters will start to recognize pitches with more speed and accuracy. This means they will lay off more bad pitches and be ready for more good pitches.
Even with small amounts of practice using the Pitchview, your hitters will:
- Get better pitches to hit – coaches are always telling their players to get a good pitch to hit, but if you don’t practice pitch recognition, you are just leaving that to chance.
- Lay off more bad pitches – this means more walks and a higher on-base percentage.
- Protect yourself from errant pitches – Again an area where no training is currently done, but why not? How to get hit by the pitch is a skill and the safer you feel at the plate, the better you will perform. With the Pitchview you can practice how to get hit by the pitch to avoid injury.
How Does it Work?
The Pitchview being demoed this spring by MLB teams Patent Pending #62763426
Baseball coaches often struggle with the question of how to get their hitters to swing at better pitches. The answer is to utilize your own practice resources – in this case that means your pitcher’s bullpen sessions. Whenever a pitcher is throwing in the bullpen, a hitter can be viewing his pitches from behind a Pitchview. With two Pitchviews, you can have a righty and a lefty viewing at the same time.
The average college hitter gets around 200 at-bats in a season. That means he sees about 600 pitches. With the Pitchview, hitters can view 600 pitches before the season even starts, which means your hitters hit the ground running.
The Pitchview uses state of the art screen technology to protect the hitter while also providing optical clarity. The screen is attached to a C-shaped frame, on top of a metal base and filled with sand or water. The Pitchview is the perfect weight to be portable while also having a solid foundation of support.
Your pitchers have to throw in the bullpen anyway, you might as well get the most possible out of each pitch.