Swing Analysis -
Below are three video clips of Dustin Pedroia hitting singles
to Left Field, Center Field, and Right Field.
One thing to note about Dustin Pedroia is that he is
basically a high ball hitter who turns every pitch into a high
pitch by hinging his back knee to get down under the pitch.
However, and unlike Ted Williams proposed and Mike Epstein
teaches, this hinge angle does not vary significantly from pitch
Another thing to note about Dustin Pedroia is that he
is one of the few major league hitters who strides open.
However, in most cases, rather than really stepping in the
bucket (e.g. stepping significantly toward 3B), Dustin Pedroia
only strides slightly open.
Dustin Pedroia - Single to LF
One thing to note about this pitch is that it was a perfect pitch to pull
because it was high and inside.
Dustin Pedroia - Single to CF
Dustin had to take this pitch back up the middle because it
was over the outer 1/3 of the plate.
Dustin Pedroia - Single to RF
Dustin Pedroia's reaction to this pitch is a little strange.
Because of how he bails out, it almost seems like he was
guessing that he was going to get something over the inside of
the plate but instead got a pitch over the outer half of the
plate. To get to this pitch, Dustin Pedroia had to break his
connection at the
point of contact and instead extend his arms. This enabled him
to get the bat on the ball, but kept him from being able to hit
the ball very hard.