The jump from Single-A to Double-A is commonly known as the most difficult move in minor league baseball, for both pitchers and hitters. From a pitchers’ standpoint, batters are more likely to lay off of balls outside of the strike zone. If you are a pitcher that is used to inducing swings and misses on breaking balls outside of the zone in Single-A, there is a good chance that you will need to begin working more around the strike zone to induce those same swings in Double-A.
Typically, starting pitcher prospects are able to develop at least three pitches and up to five. For that first time going through a lineup, starters will often rely on their fastball command and one or two put out pitches. The more often a batter sees a pitcher in an outing, though, the more capable the batter is ...
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