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Pitching Machines

Pitching Machines

BATA Baseball Machines, Incwas founded in 1991. Since then, BATA machines have steadily become recognized as the best pitching machines on the market.
Our machines are used by several pro organizations, including the San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Whitesox, Anaheim Angels, Oakland A's, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners.

WHAT MAKES BATA PITCHING MACHINES BETTER THAN OTHERS?

We are asked this question often, so we are thankful for the opportunity to explain the differences.
There are five important factors to consider when evaluating a pitching machine:

  1. The type of construction.
  2. BATA machines are made of solid steel. There are no sand-castings or plastic on the frames or stands.

  3. The motors and electronics.
  4. BATA uses only high-quality US Made, permanent magnet DC motors and solid-state electronic controls.

  5. The wheels.
  6. As explained below, BATA wheels are the most effective design.

  7. Ease of use.
  8. BATA machines are simple to set up, easy to adjust, easy to transport.

  9. Capacity.
  10. We have machines suited for players of all levels, priced accordingly.

BATA-1 vs JUGS Jr. or MVP

ACCURACY
BATA-1 has a solid wheel. Our Soft-Tread wheel design consists of a solid Goodyear Rubber tread molded and vulcanized onto a precision-machined solid aluminum core.
JUGS Jr. and MVP have a pneumatic (air-filled) tire mounted on a stamped sheet-metal rim (the same type of rim you would see on the wheels of a boat trailer.
Our aluminum core is precision-machined to within .005". Stamped rims may have as much as 1/16" of out-of-roundness and side to side wobble. The less precise the wheel, the less accurate the pitching.
BATA wheels are balanced to within ½ gram per foot. The balance of the tire/rim design of the JUGS wheel can be off by as much as 10g per foot. The more out of balance the wheel, the more vibration and less accuracy.
Also, the contact surface of the JUGS wheel is convex (rounded) shaped. The faster the wheel rotates, the more convex it becomes (due to centrifugal force), and therefore less accurate. Maintaining proper air pressure is also an issue with pneumatic wheels. BATA wheels are solid, and maintain their precise shape, regardless of the speed.

WEIGHT
BATA-1 weighs about 35 lbs. less than the JUGS Jr., due primarily to steel construction vs sand castings and the physical size of the wheel.

PORTABILITY
BATA-1 has a Transport Wheels Kit available that bolts right onto the machine so that you don't have to roll the machine on the pitching wheel in order to move it from one place to another. JUGS Jr. and MVP do not.

CONSTRUCTION
BATA-1 is made of welded steel. JUGS machines are made primarily of sand castings. Solid steel is much stronger than castings.

QUALITY
BATA pitching machines are Made in the USA with parts that are Made in the USA. JUGS imports many of their parts from China.

PRICE
BATA-1's MSRP is $250 less than a JUGS Jr., and BATA-1 goes 12 mph faster than JUGS MVP.

BATA-2 vs JUGS Curveball machine

ACCURACY
BATA-2 has solid wheels. Our Soft-Tread wheel design consists of a solid Goodyear Rubber tread molded and vulcanized onto a precision-machined solid aluminum core.
JUGS machines have pneumatic (air-filled) tires mounted on stamped sheet-metal rims (the same type of rim you would see on the wheels of a boat trailer.
Our aluminum core is precision-machined to within .005". Stamped rims may have as much as 1/16" of out-of-roundness and side to side wobble. The less precise the wheel, the less accurate the pitching.
BATA wheels are balanced to within ½ gram per foot. The balance of the tire/rim design of the JUGS wheel can be off by as much as 10g per foot. The more out of balance the wheel, the more vibration and less accuracy.
Also, the contact surface of the JUGS wheel is convex (rounded) shaped. The faster the wheel rotates, the more convex it becomes (due to centrifugal force), and therefore less accurate. Maintaining proper air pressure is also an issue with pneumatic wheels. BATA wheels are solid, and maintain their precise shape, regardless of the speed.

EASY TO USE
BATA-2 has three pivot points: Height adjustment, side to side, and delivery angle. Each pivot is locked by a separate lock handle. On the JUGS machine, all three adjustments are held by one ball joint. When you loosen the ball joint lock, all three adjustments are loose. BATA's individual lock system allows you to adjust one pivot point without disturbing the others, making it much easier to use and adjust.

WEIGHT
BATA-2 weighs about 55 lbs. less than the JUGS Curveball, due primarily to steel construction vs sand castings and the physical size of the wheels.

PORTABILITY
BATA-2 has a Transport Wheels Kit available that bolts right onto the machine so that you don't have to roll the machine on the pitching wheels in order to move it from one place to another. JUGS Curveball does not.

CONSTRUCTION
BATA-2 is made of welded steel. JUGS machines are made primarily of sand castings. Solid steel is much stronger than castings.

QUALITY
BATA pitching machines are Made in the USA with parts that are Made in the USA. JUGS imports many of their parts from China.

PRICE
BATA-2's MSRP is $100 less than a JUGS Curveball on the Baseball or Softball model, $400 less on the Combo Baseball/Softball model.

BATA B1-Curveball vs JUGS Super Softball

ACCURACY
BATA B1-Curveball has a solid wheel. Our Soft-Tread wheel design consists of a solid Goodyear Rubber tread molded and vulcanized onto a precision-machined solid aluminum core.
JUGS Super Softball has a pneumatic (air-filled) tire mounted on a stamped sheet-metal rim (the same type of rim you would see on the wheels of a boat trailer.
Our aluminum core is precision-machined to within .005". Stamped rims may have as much as 1/16" of out-of-roundness and side to side wobble. The less precise the wheel, the less accurate the pitching.
BATA wheels are balanced to within ½ gram per foot. The balance of the tire/rim design of the JUGS wheel can be off by as much as 10g per foot. The more out of balance the wheel, the more vibration and less accuracy.
Also, the contact surface of the JUGS wheel is convex (rounded) shaped. The faster the wheel rotates, the more convex it becomes (due to centrifugal force), and therefore less accurate. Maintaining proper air pressure is also an issue with pneumatic wheels. BATA wheels are solid, and maintain their precise shape, regardless of the speed.

PERFORMANCE
BATA B1-Curveball can be set up to pitch either baseballs or softballs, and can throw curveballs and sliders, as well as fastballs. JUGS Super Softball does not have these capabilities. The JUGS is priced higher, but does less.

PORTABILITY
BATA B1-Curveball has a Transport Wheels Kit available that bolts right onto the machine so that you don't have to roll the machine on the pitching wheel in order to move it from one place to another. JUGS Super Softball does not.

CONSTRUCTION
BATA B1-Curveball is made of welded steel. JUGS machines are made primarily of sand castings. Solid steel is much stronger than castings.

QUALITY
BATA machines are Made in the USA with parts that are Made in the USA. JUGS imports many of their parts from China.

PRICE
BATA B1-Curveball is priced $250 less than JUGS Super Softball, despite having capabilities that the JUGS does not have.

BATA 2Pitch3 vs JUGS or ATEC

BATA 2Pitch3 is as close to batting off of a major league pitcher as you will get from a pitching machine. Neither JUGS nor ATEC offers a machine to compete with the 2Pitch3.

BATA Auto Ball Feeders vs JUGS Auto Ball Feeders

BATA ball feeders hold up to 20 dimpled baseballs or 15 dimpled softballs, and can be converted from one to the other. JUGS feeders hold up to 18 baseballs or 14 softballs, but are priced $150 more than BATA feeders. JUGS feeders cannot be converted from baseball to softball or vice versa, so if you have a JUGS combo machine, you'd have to buy two separate JUGS feeders. $900 for two JUGS feeders vs $350 for the one BATA Combo Feeder.

BATA Twin Pitch vs JUGS or ATEC

The advantage of being able to practice hitting a fastball AND change-up and mix the pitches vs just hitting all fastballs is monumental. Neither JUGS nor ATEC offers a machine that compares to the BATA Twin Pitch, either for baseball or softball.

BATA-2 vs ATEC Casey Pro 3G
These two machines are very similar with a few important exceptions.
BATA-2 has our Goodyear Rubber Soft-Tread wheels. ATEC Casey has polyurethane treaded wheels. Polyurethane has a tendency to "hydrolize" when stored in warm, humid conditions. Hydrolization is the absorption of moisture, causing the material to break down. The effect is that the material appears to have "melted", and becomes very gooey, rendering the wheel unusable. Natural rubber does not hydrolize.
BATA-2 wheels have a thick rubber tread (about 1-1/4" thick). ATEC wheels have a concave tread that is about 3/8" thick in the center (where the most compression occurs). The thin tread is not nearly as compressible as the thick BATA rubber tread. The effect of the thin tread is that when you pitch hard leather balls, the lack of compressibility is transferred to the inside of the motor. The motor shaft flexes inside the motor, which can lead to premature motor burnout.
The thicker rubber tread of the BATA Soft-Tread wheels, because of the greater compressibility, grips the ball more consistently, resulting in better accuracy.
Casey Pro 3G has micro-adjustment capabilities. BATA-2 does not. The micro adjustments are a nice feature, but you pay for it. Casey Pro 3G is priced about $800 more than BATA-2.