Yes, obviously having someone pitch to them at that speed is the best option, then machine, then soft toss. I was assuming that was off the table since Big Klu said he had an old man arm. Working on their timing step is one thing you can do without throwing any pitches and that should help some of them a lot.
Another thing you could do is ask players on your team if they have an older brother, maybe a year or two older that could match the speed of the pitchers you are facing. See if they would come to practice and throw BP. Offer them a fountain drink or Icee after practice if they do.
Good idea. I didn't mean to discount the benefits of the pitching machine. It can be a great tool when developing and practicing hitting. Youth teams sometimes don't have access to one, so alternatives can be helpful.
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