ProBatter Sports, LLC was established in 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kent Communications, Ltd., a diversified publishing and communications company that has been operating since 1982.
In 2000, ProBatter was spun off as a separate entity as a result of a private placement financing. Kent Communications and Stahl Real Estate are the two major owners of ProBatter Sports. Stahl Real Estate is one of the principal commercial real estate developers in New York City.
Kent Communications, Ltd. is a publisher of a variety of journals and books on such diverse subjects as intellectual property and licensing; and develops a number of new product concepts including the computerized video pitching system called the ProBatter® pitching system.
Devoted to establishing the ProBatter pitching systems as the ultimate baseball training device, ProBatter has brought together a dynamic team of talented engineers and software development personnel along with a number of former professional and collegiate baseball players to insure that the ProBatter system is truly state of the art.
ProBatter Sports was founded by a group of former baseball players and youth coaches who always believed that there had to be a better way to teach and practice hitting. They observed that conventional pitching machines had a number of serious drawbacks, most notably:
- Inability to interchangeably throw different types of pitches
- Inability to simulate the motion of certain pitch types
- Inability to throw pitches to different locations in or around the strike zone
- Erratic pitch location and movement – particularly as speeds increased
- Inability to develop useful timing of swing with ball release
- Inability to provide pitch recognition cues
All of the above factors are critical in developing and refining advanced hitting skills, and the ProBatter team was convinced that an advanced, automated pitching system could be developed by applying new concepts and technology.
The ProBatter team has produced what most believe is the most revolutionary pitching machine system ever developed.
Originally founded around the ProBatter Professional system, the ProBatter product line has substantially expanded since its inception with products such as the ProBatter II retrofit kit for commercial batting cages, ProBatter Professional Softball system, and a host of ancillary products including a Smart Card control system, a Scoring system, feeder systems, and the ProBatter seamed pitching machine balls.
ProBatter Sports expanded into the cricket market in 2010, installing the cricket version of the PX2 machine with the British and Australian National Cricket teams and at the International Cricket Council Training Center in Dubai. This past year we have introduced a series of entertainment/promotional products that take advantage of the thrill the users of the ProBatter equipment have long since experienced—the ProPitcher™ which allows a pitcher to face simulated batters and judge their effectiveness and the Power Hitter™ which measures how far and where one actually hits a baseball or softball with the results of both products being tallied and displayed on the Leader Board of our website.