Your Typical Hitting Coach Doesn’t Want You To Watch This Sierra Romero & Aaron Judge Hitting Analysis Swing Comparison
Let me be up front with you in this post…
Some hitting coaches still think the baseball and softball swing are drastically different.
I disagree…Big League.
Human movement is human movement. Sure there are undeniable anatomical differences in body type between males and females, and differences in reaction time from sport to sport…
But there's virtually zero difference in explosive human movement when the swing objective is hit the ball as hard as you can, as far as you can…consistently.
In this video analysis, I wanted to compare the swings of Sierra Romero and Aaron Judge. Don't worry if you don't know one or the other…you will by the end of this post.
Actually, you know what, if you don't know either of these hitters, then SHAME ON YOU!!! 😛 lol
Kidding aside, and in my opinion, more baseball players can learn A LOT by watching Sierra Romero swing the bat than any Big Leaguer. It's a bold thing to say, but it's true.
In comparing Sierra Romero to Aaron Judge, we'll compare the following components of an effective swing:
- Key elements of the Catapult Loading System,
- Weight Shift,
- Sideways back foot, and
- Getting/staying shorter.
Who is Sierra Romero?
Besides being my favorite swing model for Fast-Pitch Softball hitters, and according to the USSSA Pride website:
- 5-foot, 5-inches in height.
- Sierra finished her rookie professional Fast-Pitch Softball season batting .339 in 109 at-bats with 18 runs scored, 37 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 21 RBI and a .397 OBP.
- First player in NCAA softball history (at Uni of Michigan) to record 300 runs, 300 hits and 300 RBI in her career.
- Owns NCAA record in career runs (300) and grand slams (11). Ranks fourth all-time in career RBI (305) and slugging percentage (.882) and eighth in home runs (82) and walks (225).
- Joined the USA Junior Women’s National Team (2012), ISF Junior Women’s World Championship Silver Medalist (2012).
Who is Aaron Judge?
Besides this guy being a friggin' BEAST of a human being!? Here are some major talking points, according to Wikipedia.org and FanGraphs.com:
- 6-foot, 7-inches tall, and 282-pounds (imagine the parents that had to feed this guy!!) lol
- Was a three sport athlete in High School (Football, Basketball, and Baseball).
- Played at my Alma-mater, Fresno State, from 2010 and got drafted by the Yankees 32nd overall by the Yankees in 2013.
- As of April 2017 Exit Velocity metrics, Judge clocked game batted balls of at least 115-mph SIX TIMES!! Joey Gallo was second with two.
- Did I mention this guy is a BEAST?!
This video from MLB.com titled, “Aaron Judge: Burden of Proof” says it all:
The Bottom Line…?
In comparing the swings of Sierra Romero and Aaron Judge, there are many BIG WIN mechanical similarities. They both hit for power and precision. The softball swing isn't any different than its baseball counterpart. Power and precision don't have to be mutually exclusive. Size doesn't matter, however if you're a beast like Aaron Judge the capability of hitting the ball farther with consistently higher Ball Exit Speeds is greater. What is clear however, is if you move better, then you perform better.
In the day and age of advanced technology and access to specific experts on human movement and Physics, there's no room for coaches who resist getting educated. If you aren't growing, then you're dying.