Not Making Freshmen, Make JV and/or Varsity Later

Probably not the perfect forum for this one.  But, wanted to come as close as possible for the proper placement.

How many times have you seen a kid not make the freshmen baseball team and then later make the JV or Varsity team later after his freshmen year?

I’ve only heard of this once.  Met a kid (who was just about to start his D3 career).  He was a LHP.  Asked him (at that time) about his MS and HS experience.  He told me that he never made the MS team.  I was surprised.  Then he told me that he never made the HS team as a freshmen or sophomore.  I asked “How was that all possible?”  His answer:  "I was small and slow in MS and I couldn’t hit for bleep.  Pretty much the same deal when I got to HS.  Then, in the summer after my sophomore year, I grew 6 inches.  (He was 6 feet tall when telling me this.)  Tried out for HS team my junior year and made it as a pitcher."

Is it as rare as it seems - to make the HS team after not making the freshmen team (assuming they have a freshmen team)?

BTW, he didn't pitch in a game as a freshmen at D3.  And, only pitched 3 innings as a junior.  Not sure if he's hanging in there as a senior now?  Knowing him, I bet he's still grinding it out.  Kid doesn't know the meaning of the word quit.

 

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