MLB Organization Players | The uHIT Winners and Losers
In Summer 2021, a MLB organization based in California used uHIT Custom for ten (10) of its players. Unfortunately, confidentiality agreements between deCervo — the maker of uHIT — and the organization do not allow us to identify which team it was. Here, we tell you what happened and how it can apply to your situation, as a coach, a hitter, or as someone in player management (e.g., front office).
This organization prioritized Pitch Recognition for its players so they limited their uHIT Custom work to this skill only (holding Zone Recognition for another time).
Pitch Recognition: 1839 Pitches Worked in uHIT
With Assessments done in July 2021, uHIT’s effects over eight (8) weeks could be seen clearly. (Because of confidentiality rules, we will only identify players generically here) John started his uHIT Custom experience with an Assessment of 62% Accuracy and a Reaction Time to the zone of 0.485 sec. As a reference point for these numbers, 100% Accuracy would mean John identified every pitch type perfectly, and either tapped or held a tap when doing so in uHIT. On Reaction Time, an optimal time to the zone from our research shows around 0.430 sec for the Assessment pitch speeds. So looking at John’s numbers, he was well below the Accuracy and above the Reaction Time goals for pitch recognition.
Now, fast forward to the end of August 2021, and after 449 pitches of uHIT Custom Training, John is now pulling an Accuracy of 67% (a +5% change). Most importantly, he is recognizing faster while he is improving his Accuracy in pitch recognition. We can see this from his Reaction Time decreasing from the training to 0.472 sec (a +0.013 sec change).
We can look at more players like John to see their changes from Assessment to later Re-Assessment after Custom Training:
Luis: 58% Accuracy to 80% Accuracy (593 pitches)
Javy: 46% Accuracy to 61% Accuracy (449 pitches)
Evan: 47% Accuracy to 69% Accuracy (237 pitches)
Now that we have looked at the gains made in uHIT, let’s see what happened to the group out on the field.