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    This season will be the first season with the new flat seamed balls for college baseball. The new balls are expected to travel an extra 20 feet off the sweet spot. From what I have read, the ball is overall a lot more forgiving even if the sweet spot is missed. I doubt this will be a return to the home run derby days of the BESR era but hopefully it will move college baseball away from the small ball game that's been going on ever since BBCOR showed up.

    The NCAA will be releasing stats throughout the season comparing this season's performance to past seasons to reveal the impact on performance.

    I like the move to the new ball but I would prefer they drop the BBCOR and move to wood but that will never happen.

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    I am not a baseball savvy person, so I ask this as a total reflection of my ignorance: couldn't the flat seams have a negative impact on pitching curve balls and such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinidadbp View Post
    I am not a baseball savvy person, so I ask this as a total reflection of my ignorance: couldn't the flat seams have a negative impact on pitching curve balls and such?
    It will have an impact on pitches. The grip will certainly be different and Fast balls will have more velocity. The movement of most pitches will be slightly different. The curve will have a different breaking point. I don't really see it as having a negative impact on pitching. Pitchers usually adjust for these things in Single A ball post college ball. Hell, kids out of HS that go straight to the minors have to make this adjustment. This will force college pitchers to prepare for the next level sooner rather than later.

    Actually, now that I think about it. I believe the Collegiate Summer Leagues use a similar flat seam ball. I know a number of our guys participate in summer ball. Although, I am not sure if most of our pitchers have participated in summer league ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinidadbp View Post
    I am not a baseball savvy person, so I ask this as a total reflection of my ignorance: couldn't the flat seams have a negative impact on pitching curve balls and such?
    They're going to use the new style for hitting and the traditional style for pitching.
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    I'm not a big baseball guy either, although I love UTSA baseball... So is it reasonable to expect pitchers to struggle early in the season as they adjust to the new balls, or will the bigger adjustment be on the batters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volkmar View Post
    I'm not a big baseball guy either, although I love UTSA baseball... So is it reasonable to expect pitchers to struggle early in the season as they adjust to the new balls, or will the bigger adjustment be on the batters?
    Pitchers will definitely struggle more. The low seam ball (which mirrors the minor league ball) will make missed pitches more unforgiving. If a pitcher misses on a breaking ball its going to be a huge meatball pitch for opposing batters to crush. The core of the college baseball will remain the same so there is no real change in the pop or success of a hit ball. College baseball has been looking for a way to increase runs throughout the game and the low seamed ball should allow this. The elite pitchers should be able to maintain control of their pitches
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinidadbp View Post
    I am not a baseball savvy person, so I ask this as a total reflection of my ignorance: couldn't the flat seams have a negative impact on pitching curve balls and such?
    Yes. Go to Academy or someplace and grip a generic baseball with high seams as opposed to a MLB or other variety of low seam baseball. The difference is noticeable. Without a doubt, control will be tested by college ball players

    Development wise, the new ball is a great idea to introduce players with the low seam ball they will see in the minor league system if they are talented enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digi View Post
    Pitchers will definitely struggle more. The low seam ball (which mirrors the minor league ball) will make missed pitches more unforgiving. If a pitcher misses on a breaking ball its going to be a huge meatball pitch for opposing batters to crush. The core of the college baseball will remain the same so there is no real change in the pop or success of a hit ball. College baseball has been looking for a way to increase runs throughout the game and the low seamed ball should allow this. The elite pitchers should be able to maintain control of their pitches
    So do you think the change in ball will affect the way we recruit pitchers also? IOW, when recruiters are looking at HS pitchers, do you think there'll be a bigger emphasis on control than there was in the past? If not, maybe their reasoning would be that although it'll be an adjustment at first, they should be alright by at least their sophomore year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volkmar View Post
    So do you think the change in ball will affect the way we recruit pitchers also? IOW, when recruiters are looking at HS pitchers, do you think there'll be a bigger emphasis on control than there was in the past? If not, maybe their reasoning would be that although it'll be an adjustment at first, they should be alright by at least their sophomore year.
    I like the ladder. Guys are getting recruited because they have low 90's fastball and/or have 3 solid pitches. Adjusting to the new ball has to be natural acclimation or coaching from college programs. On the flip side, I imagine there might be a HS kid out there that has great stuff but his control is similar to pre-glasses Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn. Colleges may pass and force the kid to go the junior college route until he defines his control
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