- Jul 14, 2005
Well, since the seams are now flatter, I think there is the belief that it makes it harder for pitchers to grip the ball well, resulting in some loss of spin as well.What are specific benefits for hitters of a juiced ball? I assume that it simply means that, for a given launch angle and exit velocity, the ball travels further. Has it be theorized that it impacts pitch spin or exit velocity? If it's simply that hard-hit balls go further, the Vaz's increase in offense this year is real....barrel % went from 1.9% to 6.1%, his EV went from 87.2 to 88.7 and his hard hit % went from 28.6% to 39.1%.