Tess Taruskin at FanGraphs did a really cool breakdown of Bobby Witt, Jr.’s first MLB hit, against Triston McKenzie (there are gifs at the link!):
The pitch Witt hit was a slider left above the strike zone. It’s a pitch that McKenzie has executed well in the past, using the breaking ball to just barely nick the upper corner of the zone before the batter has a chance to adjust to it.
the one he offered to Witt last Thursday was much flatter (just 23 inches of vertical movement), and had less spin and velocity. But more important was Witt’s ability to capitalize on McKenzie’s miscue and smash the hanging breaker despite it sitting well above the strike zone — an appropriately opportunistic approach, so long as it doesn’t portend a more swing-happy one. In Triple-A last season, Witt had three hits (a single, a double, and a homer) on similar pitches, all up at the very top of the zone, if not completely out of it.
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