Have you ever noticed some strange thing around the thumb of a Major League baseball player? Guys like Bryce Harper, Yeonis Cespedes, Pablo Sandoval and Robinson Cano (along with about 60% of MLB hitters) wear a small piece of plastic around their top hand when hitting.
Check out just some of these shots to see if you can find it:
First, the Prohitters Batter Training Aid forces the handle of the bat towards the fingers. The volume of the little plastic piece forces the bat handle out of the palm of the hand and, during the swing, keeps the grip where it needs to be.
Second, the Prohitter helps reduce hand sting by taking some of the brunt of the vibration away from the top hand and into the plastic piece. Hitters who suffer from bone and palm bruising will find this a must.
We at justbatreviews found the little piece to be very helpful—especially for younger players who tend to overgrip the bat and hold it too deep in their palms. The little gadget was simple to use and relatively inexpensive. They even make some youth versions of the Prohitter which might end up a really good baseball stocking stuffer.
Prohitter doesn’t release any data as to whether the device actually does improve bat grip or bat speed. However, they do claim, correctly, that well over 50% of Major League ball players take the time and effort to have it on their top hand thumb at every at bat—and in our mind that is as telling as any data points they could provide.
Next time you watch a game, see how many Prohitters you can spot – we suspect you’ll be shocked how many you find.