ProBatter Sports, LLC was established in 1999, originally 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.
Devoted to establishing the ProBatter pitching systems as the “ultimate baseball training device,” ProBatter 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. These individuals 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:
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.
Over the years, 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, a Tunnels to Go portable batting cage product and a host of ancillary products including a the ProBatter seamed pitching machine balls which is manufactured by Baden Sports under license from ProBatter.
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, UAE.
Recognizing that hitting is only one part of the game and that the training of pitchers is equally important, ProBatter developed and introduced a pitcher training product called Strike Out Pro which, when allows a pitcher to pitch a simulated game against images of real batters and judge their effectiveness. A beta version of the unit was introduced at the ABCA show in 2017 and was voted Best of Show.
ProBatter has worked with Hittrax and Rapsodo to integrate their tracking systems as part of both the ProBatter video pitching simulators and Strike Out Pro to provide the analytics that the sports community is looking for in order to properly assess hitters and pitchers.
In 2019, ProBatter introduced the next generation of video pitching simulators, the PX3 video pitching simulator which is available in both a video and non-video formats. By incorporating state of the art technology and ProBatter’s decades of experience, the PX3 is able to duplicate virtually all of the features of the PX2 unit at almost half the cost of the original PX2. Softball, cricket and “combo” versions of the PX3 simulator are available as well as an integration with the Rapsodo and Hittrax systems.
Research and development is always at the center of ProBatter Sports. Currently on the drawing board is the ProFielder which can be used by coaches for infield and outfield practice.