Line Drive Hacking With Josh Bell Swing Breakdown
In this Josh Bell swing breakdown, we cover:
- Interesting metrics
- DeRo analysis
- 2018 RCF Homer: 5/31 83-mph breaking ball/SL, down/away VERSUS 2019 LCF Homer: 7/3 96-mph FB, mid/up
- Some interesting things in swing analysis: Float, Fall, Barrel Path – CB down/away v. FB mid/up (and late), how well he matches plane of pitch (tube)
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In looking at the Josh Bell image, it's interesting to note how Josh Bell's barrel path line intersects the plane of the pitch line. Hitters that match the plane of the pitch line better will inevitably have higher batting averages and less strikeouts.
We teach our hitters to match the “tube”. Imagine the pitch being thrown through a tube, and the hitter's goal should be to hit the ball back through the tube. Based on pitch height. If the pitch tube is set at four-feet off the ground, then the ball must come off the bat four-feet off the ground. If tube is set at one-inch off the ground, then ball comes off bat one-inch off ground.
If the hitter doesn't hit it through the “tube”, which the best in the world miss the tube 80% of the time (league averages: 20% line drive rate, 38% fly-ball rate, and 43% ground-ball rate), then they make adjustments using the principle of paradoxical intention.
Consider the following…