So... I think I’ve debunked the mysterious exit velocity theory on HoF difficulty and above. I remember SDS saying in a stream that depending on where the ball is in the zone, among other factors (9s, pitch type, confidence, etc), that the hit types were going to be vastly different. Well after adjusting my hitting approach and remembering this, I kept close tabs on exit velocities and pci/placement/pitch/where the ball was in the zone. Any pitch thrown in the middle of the plate that I put a good swing on had 100+ mph exit velocities consistently. The pitches on the corners (aside from pitches up) were consistently at lower exit velos and more likely to be hard ground outs/lineouts.
Im pretty sure SDS did this intentionally, and it makes sense, but then it gets a little scary if someone can pitch well and keep the ball out of the middle of the plate. Maybe that’s why sometimes even with ideal timing on meter/analog that pitches drift in the middle of the plate?
That’s what I’ve been seeing now that I’ve paid close attention to it.
The real problem is that some people naturally are just good at hitting their spots so you have to hit what you get and if that person is consistently pitching down and in and your are consistently putting the PCI on the ball you should be rewarded for that, which in the current state of the game you are not rewarded for.