Gov posted:Ripken Fan posted:
Gov- A couple of thoughts. On the one hand, the rosters in Ivy (in some) are smaller than the 35 you'll see at other D1s. Some pitchers (POs) will get ABs in the spring or in blowout games. Others who can hit, but were POs may DH (seen it) if there arm is injured. Schools will determine where the need is. It sounds like your 2018 is more of a SS (a position heavily recruited in Ivy due to its versatility) who can pitch.
One Freshman at an Ivy this year was a pretty good hitter in high school (extra base power). He threw hard, had the "look of a pitcher" (build), and was all state. When he was recruited, he thought that he would DH when he wasn't pitching. He was the #2 or #3 SP for the team. Still was told to take BP so he wouldn't lose the skill. Never got an AB this season.
Another team had a player who was recruited as a possible 2-way player and got starts at 1B and as well as having some "weekday" starts on the mound. In conclusion , versatility is a good thing. I see more cases where position players are asked to pitch a few innings (due to injuries with others, scheduling issues, eat some innings), rather than players who are recruited as pitchers and throw regularly, getting a chance to get consistent ABs.
Thanks Ripken. Do you think my 2018 should sign up as both a position player and RHP at HF to show pitching capability? Or, sign up as MIF/SS, and maybe mention he can pitch (show video), and say he's able to help on the mound, promoting more flexibility?
Along the lines of BOF 's comment, where is the real strength? His throw across the diamond for a 2018 is pretty good. I would probably sign up as MI (position that fills the quickest at HF camps) and then send video on pitching to schools you are in touch with. Again school's need will dictate much. In son's recruiting journey, he received interest as both MI and CF. In the end he was offered for a spot as an "athletic MI who could play the OF if needed." Good luck.