Reply to "Not Making Freshmen, Make JV and/or Varsity Later"

Yeah, it's probably as rare as it seems.  Pretty simple, really.  If a kid doesn't make it on one of the HS rosters as a freshman, he already wasn't good enough to make the cut to begin with and then he starts falling further behind every day the HS team practices, which is pretty much five days a week for 5-7 months.  That's a lot of reps and progression that has to be overcome, even with extra instruction, training, etc. 

I would guess that most of the exceptions are usually kids that go to big, deep powerhouse HS's and decide to transfer to smaller/less deep schools or, as you describe, kids that grow a lot and become pitching projects.

During HS years, I think baseball more than most sports requires daily reps and regular play (or at least situational simulation) to really advance, barring the few exceptionally gifted.

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