Tagged With "Pitcher"

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Any players still looking for summer Travel Ball/Showcase teams?

East Coast Whitecaps ·
The East Coast Whitecaps are still looking for some players at the 16u and 18u age levels. We are currently seeking pitchers/outfielders for the 16u and 18u level. We also are in need of a catcher at the 16u age level. If you are interested or know of...
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15U 16U 18U Texas Stallions seeking players

stallions9 ·
We are located in Collin County, Texas just north of Dallas.  We are looking for players for our extremely busy summer season.  We have one 15U team,  two 16U teams, and an 18U team.   Catchers and Pitchers are most desired....
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Looking for 10U AA/AAA Players

Dallas Green Sox ·
We're currently looking for a couple of 10U AA/AAA Players - especially pitchers.  Private Tryouts will be scheduled.  Please contact us by completing our tryouts form.  
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Stallions Baseball

stallions9 ·
We have a successful program helping boys develop for their high school teams and move on to play college baseball. Our website is at www.Texas-Stallions.com Our 12U team is looking for a Short Stop and a Utility player. Pitching would be a plus, but not a requirement as we are rich with high AA/AAA pitchers. The season has started and we have played 3 tournaments. League play has not yet begun. This team is going to the Cooperstown World Series in July. It will be a fun time representing...
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South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball

jce114 ·
Anyone checked out Wil Crowe; the true freshman pitcher for the Gamecocks? He is a true athlete! Great player and he's going to do big things for South Carolina!
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PG Pitcher/Catcher IA showcase

wsoxfanatic ·
My son received an invite to the PG pitcher/catcher showcase to be held this February at the Cedar Rapids facility.  I found some older threads on this event, so I apologize if I'm re-hashing old information; just looking for some refreshed data. We haven't done much in the way of showcases or camps. His club team hosts a couple of organized exposure "clinics/camps" where they invite several D1, D2 schools to attend which the majority of them do. They also play...
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When is it finally time to talk to the coach?

Iowamom23 ·
There have been lots of threads about whether to talk to the coach, when to talk to the coach, etc. We have never talked to a coach about position or playing time, but think it may be needed this weekend. Seeking input. Son is sophomore playing on a not very good spring team (remember, Iowa has summer baseball).Son is a pitcher/catcher/third base. Coach is a dad who we don't really consider a coach so much as the guy who keeps enough order that the kids can have a team. He's not a baseball...
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Yet Another Recruiting Video :-)

monkeyboy ·
Ethan Davis(2014) Select Team - 17u(Adams) Arlington A's If this is improper place I will gladly move.
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Pitcher Development in High School - Importance of Facing Good Hitting

Lost Dad ·
Hello - My son is a 15 year old sophomore LHP who is 6 foot and throws around 77/78. He's a very solid pitcher with good command of 3 pitches (2/4 seam, change up and curve). We have a bit of a dilemma and are seeking advice. My son is currently home schooled and plays for a highly competitive home school team which plays some of the top private schools (and a few public schools) in our area. So he has been pitching on varsity against some pretty high quality hitting. Due some various...
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pitcher in a nerd's body

cluelessDad2019 ·
My son is a pitcher (on the HS JV team, 14 turning 15 in a few months). He has only been playing since he was 11 turning 12, and has always been behind his peers in hitting and fielding, though he has caught up on his infielding by a lot of hard work. He is still "hitting challenged" lol. He shines, though, when he has the ball in his hands. He's always been the top pitcher on his (relatively low level) travel teams and we've never pushed to upgrade teams because of the above stated...
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Pitcher's Elite Winter Training Camp by former MLB Pitcher Pat Ahearne

pkahearne ·
Pitchers Elite Winter Training Camp presented by former Major League Pitcher - Pat Ahearne   There are secrets to outstanding pitching mechanics. Few know them. Fewer teach them.   In my  Pitcher's Elite Winter Training Camp , I'll...
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Pitcher wanting to catch

Mchlwlsh ·
So...my son has been pitching for a couple of years. He's in 8th grade, playing on his high school team. in the past, he's expressed a desire to catch, but because of his birthday he has typically been one of the younger (smaller) kids on his teams. Fast forward to high school, the 5 catchers in the baseball program seem to be the smaller framed players, so this has reignited his interest in catching. He tells me that he wants to catch to become a better pitcher, learn more about game...
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Re: Any players still looking for summer Travel Ball/Showcase teams?

East Coast Whitecaps ·
We are currently seeking players at the 17u age level. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact us. www.eastcoastwhitecaps.com
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Re: Any players still looking for summer Travel Ball/Showcase teams?

East Coast Whitecaps ·
Open tryout this saturday the 18th at 10AM. Location will be at Lakewood Park, Norfolk VA.
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Re: PG Pitcher/Catcher IA showcase

2017LHPscrewball ·
Probably depends on how your current exposure (via club team) matches up with target schools - and whether the PG event will in fact help with similar matching of schools. Any specifics on what the target list looks like and whether he has been able to get in front on many of these? Or, are you looking to cast a wide net?
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wsoxfanatic ·
They don't actually provide a target list. It would probably be a similar match with a few exceptions to what he's been in front of. Primarily from the Midwestern pool.
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Gov ·
There could be more economic options at this stage of his recruiting... It would helpful to know what class is your son 2017, 2018?
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wsoxfanatic ·
Thanks. He is a 2017 grad
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2017LHPscrewball ·
Do you and/or your 2017 have a target list - based on whatever baseball evals you may have received AND 2017's academic profiles? I would assume that if you club team has sufficient contacts to get several D1's to attend their clinics/camps, then they should probably know which coaches generally attend the Cedar Rapids event. Probably worth it if your target schools are expected to be there, probably not worth it if simply casting a wide net.
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Gov ·
I don't have experience with this event, but from experience I can tell you PG runs very organized events. What is your motivation to go? The rating? Does he have measurable's that will get attention? How big is he? How hard does he throw? How good of a student is he? What are his target schools? I'd be thinking about events where some of those colleges are attending. Also, it could make more sense to hold off for a PG Sunshine or Academic showcase in May or early June. He could get ranked...
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PGStaff ·
Sometimes people tend to think a player just shows up and colleges start recruiting them. Here is how it works... There could be 100 colleges watching your player perform and there might be very little interest, if any. There could be no colleges in attendance and your player is outstanding. There will be many colleges that show serious intertest. We have seen this happen over and over every year. The door is open! You see, we really publicize the kids that can play and college coaches trust...
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2019Lefty21 ·
Along those lines I have a question. My son played 14u last year. We played 4 PG tournaments and saw very little of PG staff anywhere. I understand not a showcase. In one of the events they picked an all tourney team and my son didn't even throw because they were saving him as Sunday pitcher and we got eliminated Saturday afternoon ( not happy with coach that day for sure). On another occasion he was throwing in a semifinal and actually had some one from PG staff visit him in dugout during...
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Iowamom23 ·
So how do you know if your son has the talent to make it worth while? My son is a 2018 and at the end of the summer his FB was clocked at 85. He also catches and plays 3rd. Not sure how you get invited to a PG event, and how you decide if it's worthwhile for your son? We are just starting to think that baseball beyond high school might be an option for him, and trying to learn a lot, so any insight helps.
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PGStaff ·
2019lefty, If those tournaments were run by Perfect Game I assure you there was PG staff at every game. There are certain qualifiers that are run by people other than PG. IowaMom, If your son is a 2018 throwing 85 last summer and he lives in Iowa, you should email staff@perfectgame.org right away. Of course there are other things to consider, but 85 at his age will definitely create interest. BTW, over the past 20 years all but one player that has gone on to play DI college baseball or that...
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Re: PG Pitcher/Catcher IA showcase

howdybaseball ·
Is there a difference between the different PG showcases? Which ones get you the most exposure? Son is 2018 and i am considering a PG showcase this summer. Will the national ones be better or can we stay local in TX and get just the same exposure? Is there a difference between summer and winter showcases? I would like to get some feedback on the most cost effective way to get maximum exposure. Thanks in advance.
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L&GWeb ·
Thank you all for the info! I have a 2017 RHP going to this event. This is his 1st showcase, and we (mom and dad) were hoping for this event to help start the process in his baseball journey. Sounds like he picked a good one to start with. Thx-nebraska parents!
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PGStaff ·
HOWDYBASEBALL, Once again everything depends on how talented your son is. If he has the talent to play at the highest level or be a pro prospect, it is always best to get involved in the National events. Many ask why if he plans on staying within his state does he need to attend a National type event. The reason is it opens up opportunities and increases his value everywhere, including his home state. That said, if we see this type of player at any event, we will do everything possible to...
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howdybaseball ·
PGstaff - thank you for the reply. Personally, i am already aware of PG's effectiveness in talent scouting and know that these events are highly regarded in the baseball community. Kudos to PG on this success!
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2017LHPscrewball ·
PG - I think you might have left out some valid info on who else is also looking at kids - and the relative numbers they each see in a given season and perhaps on a repeat basis. I don't know your numbers, but can only assume that your counts are a multiple of others - 10x+ for all but a few. I'm sure there are some regional differences (PBR's coverage comes to mind even though I personally am not familiar with them), but for the "typical" D1 - not counting all the Top 100 listings - PG has...
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howdybaseball ·
PGstaff, As a follow up, it might be nice to know how you define talent at the national level? Velocity>x, 60yard<x, ht>x, wt>x?
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wsoxfanatic ·
Sorry all- I was out fulfilling my last minute holiday procrastinator roll, and was delighted to see the responses and interest to my OP. My 2017 is 5'11 190. (I'm 6'1 and grew after junior year so hoping he can get another inch or so). He had a max FB last fall at 86. Sits 81-84. He is athletic and has been timed in the 60 at 6.55. As he has developed his mechanics, he has gained 5 mph to his FB since he started HS. His club team is well known in the Chicago/I-94 area for producing...
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Re: PG Pitcher/Catcher IA showcase

2017LHPscrewball ·
Again, given that the club is well known and has some history in producing players, do they have ideas on what activities he should be doing - based on the level of college ball they see him playing? Any other guys from that team heading over to Cedar Rapids?
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PGStaff ·
Not sure, based on your description he should only be pitching. 6.55 and a strong arm are two tools that really stand out. Also, FWIW, power arms often develop into power hitters. There is a 2016 by the name of Josh Lowe who we selected for our All American Game. He is a tall (6'4") RHP and throws in the mid 90s with a good breaking ball and change up. At the same time he is the #1 tools guy in his class. Plus runner, Plus Arm, Plus Field, Plus hitter, Plus Power. He would be a first round...
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wsoxfanatic ·
Thanks for your input. I was not in agreement to have him play for them as a PO. I should have told them no thank you. But it was his decision and he was ok with it. He justified the situation thinking he will get plenty of position play in the spring and summer high school season. I guess they didn't see enough out his bat during the 8 or so flips in the cage, or they felt they had enough outfielders. Sending you a PM.
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Re: pitcher in a nerd's body

threeunassisted ·
My son is 16 and has some introvert tendencies. he made Varsity this year as a sophomore, and is struggling with the social aspect of it. None of the upperclassmen have gone out of their way to include him outside of practice/games (like a big group of them go out to eat a lot after practice) and he isnt one to include himself. I know it weighs heavily on him, but its just his personality. His biggest fear in life is being in a crowd of people where he doesnt know anyone. He literally used...
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cluelessDad2019 ·
Y'all need to have one of our type kids to see the hilarity of the restaurant ordering description. We had to do the same, and even when he would get it out it was always so quietly that he ended up needing to repeat it 2 or 3 times. lmao When you see the team huddled together around coach, you can always count on mine being on the outskirts... part of it all, but NOT in the middle. I didn't mention it in the OP, but another reason for not changing teams often was the paralyzing fear of...
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MomLW ·
Take a look at this. Absolutely nothing wrong with being introverted - help them to be comfortable with it. Also, I think everyone feels socially awkward at some time or another. Just make sure they don't feel alone in it. http://www.ted.com/talks/susan..._power_of_introverts
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Re: pitcher in a nerd's body

fenwaysouth ·
Kids come in all kinds of packages. When my oldest son discovered (at a young age) he could throw a baseball very fast, and the game involved a lot of math and stats.... he was hooked. He was intrigued by it at at a very young age. Don't get me wrong he worked very hard to improve his skills at every level, but it was the initial appeal that won his love for the game. If you are a good pitcher with "stuff", and you understand baseball situations and probabilities....you can go a long way in...
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birdman14 ·
Wow fenway, I think Goose Gossage might have something to say about that one! My son (HS 2010, college 2014) also liked the thinking part of the game as a pitcher and later learned to apply it as a hitter too. Outsmarting the hitter was what made pitching his favorite part of the game. Having what you describe as a "nerd" son can be an advantage as a baseball player. Working opposite of what the hitter may be looking for can be very successful.
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RoyalRooter ·
My son is also an introvert. He comes from a long line of them... While my son has been described as "quietly confident" and has always been relatively comfortable in his own skin, I did have him read the sister book to the above Ted talk, Quiet by Susan Cain , in 8th grade. He would not be headed to his base high school, with the kids he had been with for the past nine years, but instead be off to a bigger pond where he would know very few. I wanted him to have a deeper understanding of his...
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TPM ·
Khailil Greene from Clemson, considered an introvert, was never really the perfect teammate. They chalked it up to just being Khalil. He was the ACC player of the year, and drafted first round. Turned out that he had severe social anxiety, has left the game and in hiding somewhere. The Padres never recognized his behavior as troublesome, but after going to the Cardinals, he was seen hurting himself in the dugout and teammates spoke up. He received help but has left the game since. Such a...
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jp24 ·
Does he have a killer instinct on the mound? Just curious, because I know a young man who sounds like your son. He has fairly good stuff but lacks that competitive fire, and it bites him.
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RJM ·
One of my best friends had good velocity and great stuff. What he lacked was confidence. When the count was 2-1 he would think, "Another ball and it's 3-1. Then I'm close to walking him." This led to too many grooved pitches that left the park. He was still lightly recruited into a good program. Post freshman year we were both in the same summer league on different teams. When he took the mound it was painful to hear a teammate yell to us, "That's pure meat on the mound. It's fatten the...
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cluelessDad2019 ·
----- As others mentioned above, I also continue to be amazed at how he would dread having to stand on a stage in a theater but is completely unfazed and unflappable on the "stage" of the pitcher's mound...(or batter's box, or anywhere else between the white lines). ------ me too! This is so true of my son. I appreciate all your thoughts and the sharing of experiences. - MOMLW... I had seen that TED talk before, but had forgotten about it... I'll get him to watch it. Thnx - JP24... an astute...
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soulslam55 ·
I think your last sentence says it all. I also have a 2019 and the one thing I've prepared him for is dad is not there in the dugout anymore to help him, he needs to recognize where to make his adjustments and then make them. I'm always around to talk about things after the games. But he has to do the heavy lifting now. Enjoy it. My 2016 has become a man in HS, which makes me proud and kind of sad at the same time. A good kind of sad I guess.
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Re: Pitcher wanting to catch

FoxDad ·
Generally, by HS it's rare for a player to catch and pitch and do both effectively. Catcher's usually have a short throw for the pick off throw to 2nd (Ie, they don't bring their arm all the way back - usually throw from the ear). Catching is tough on the knees/legs due to squatting much of the time. Even if he doesn't pitch the same day as catching, the effect can still be felt. If your son wants to catch, that's fine. He just needs to realize he may have to give up pitching. It's one of...
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FFXfireman ·
My boy was a RHP/C right up until high school when his travel coach (a well accomplished RHP) told him he needed to choose. His biggest issue was, not only the different mechanics, but the wear on the arm. No position on the field throws the ball more than the pitcher and catcher by far. That repetition is a recipie for overuse and injury. Since entering HS (he's a 2018), he has been a RHP/OF and that's done quite well for him. Good luck!
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playball2011 ·
Catching to be a better P makes no sense. My son caught and P until age 13 when we saw that catching was a contact position at times so we had him stop because his P abilities were better and didn't want to worry about injuries, which he had a few minor ones. son also moved from SS/3B to outfield when not P which he loved. He got in the long toss he needed. With 5 catchers in program how much playing time would son get? The fact that he can play Inf positions will get him more time.
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lionbaseball ·
Be careful for what you wish. We are in a small school (400 HS kids) so the talent depth is shallow. My son catches and pitches and to be honest I don't see his catching form interfering with this pitching form. My biggest concern is that in tournaments or playoffs he will pitch one game and catch the next. Not only arm fatigue but the squatting takes a toll on your legs which are instrumental in pitching. During the season it's not a big deal because we play 2 games per week. So the 1st...
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