The pitcher leans in toward the plate, nods when the catcher signals the pitch, and then straightens up to the set position, shooting a quick glance toward first base to keep the baserunner's lead in check. With one cleat firmly planted on the rubber, his opposite foot rises skyward and then makes a mighty lunge toward home as he fires a baseball over the center of the plate.
At Indy Hitters, the Pro-Batter hitting simulator does away with the need for a real pitcher. The apparatus relies on digital video technology to display footage of a pitcher and virtual spitballs on a large screen situated in front of the pitching machine. All the batter sees is the pitcher winding up, and then the pitch rocketing out of a small hole in the screen at adjustable speeds, up to a blistering 104 MPH.