Originally Posted by 757690
Pitch recognition. That's the biggest separater between hitting prospects. They all have their swing down (or should), it's now a matter of knowing what to swing at and what not to swing at. By far the hardest part of hitting pitching. I would imagine that Lutz is miles behind most players at his level on this, as experience is the only method for improvement.
You aren't seeing too many offspeed pitches in the time he missed. You absolutely aren't seeing any kind of quality offspeed pitches at those ages. I don't know, I just don't see a lack of experience through the age of 14 holding back his pitch recognition skills. And as studies have shown time and time again, if you don't have it by an early age, you probably aren't ever going to have it. Why that is, I don't have a complete idea (maybe it is due to it being more about eyesight than skillset?).