Professional uHIT Team Case Study
Rebuilding A Team Hitting Philosophy
Hanwha Eagles from 2019 – 2020
Using uHIT to make better swing decisions. Differentiate strengths & weaknesses. Target development areas.
Team Hitting Development | Player Development
The Hanwha Eagles: A member of the Korean Baseball League
Hanwha began using uHIT in Winter 2020 with a goal of revamping a hitting philosophy that would help score more runs in the upcoming season.
For their team hitting philosophy, they wanted to break down how teams improve their run scoring total by focusing on both batted ball and plate discipline criteria . They focused on increasing the team’s contact rate and quality of contact (i.e., Barrel Rate), including strikeout (k%) and walk (BB%) rates.
How did a professional team improve these criteria in one season?
We started everyone with the Professional Assessment using direct brain measurement (see pictures). Then we used that roadmap to start fine-tuning their Pitch Recognition.
Team Contact Rate
uHIT will not work just because you download the app. It must be used. The more pitches a player decides on in uHIT, the more often he gets feedback of how well he’s seeing the ball.
We examined how success at seeing the ball in uHIT connected to the success measured by contact rate on the field. With Hanwha, we focused on pitches worked in our Pitch Recognition training modules.
The more uHIT pitches decided on in the app, the more in game contact the individual players made.
We split the Hanwha hitters into those players that worked 800 or more pitches in uHIT (Group 1), and those who worked less than 400 uHIT pitches (Group 2).
The Hanwha players below 400 uHIT pitches saw their contact rates decrease (by -3%), while those above 800 uHIT pitches saw the opposite (by +5%).