im gonna be 20 soon and starting college this fall at St Thomas Aquinas College D2. i lived in the Dominican Republic and practiced for 2 and a half years. hence the reason I'm beginning college ball this fall. I'm a lefty pitcher 6'4 220lbs and can hit 87-88 consistently nasty change at about 80 mph and a good curveball at about 76mph. do you guys think i have a legitimate chance of getting drafted as long as i throw 90-91 by the time I'm 22 ???

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Plenty of players are drafted at 22. Since you see yourself as a pro prospect why aren't you a D1 prospect?

thats a good point. but the thing is i wasn't really highly recruited out of high school. i improved drastically in Dominican republic.. I'm also considering attending a D1 and walking on but I'm not really sure what to do. i just need to go somewhere where i can play. you see?

What has the coach at St. Thomas Aquanis told you specifically about your opportunity there? Did he give you a portion of an athletic scholarship?

Are you talking about the D2 ST Thomas Aquanis in New Hampshire? If so, why did you choose to play baseball at a cold weather school?

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No. St Thomas Aquinas College in NY. I actually have a cousin that plays professional baseball Pedro Beato. He knows the coach there so he recommended me to go there. It's a place that will guarantee me playing time. It's close to where I live also 

Keep improving your velocity and try to be one of the top pitchers in your league. Get help in getting the word out to scouts. If you have pro-stuff, they will definitely take a look at you - especially a lefty with good stuff.

Important thing is that you improve because an 18 year old freshman lefty with the same stuff will be looked at much closer in terms of projectability than a freshman going on 21. 

Good luck - you never know how much further your hard work will take you.

Yea. The fact that he's played in the majors I think will help when it comes to getting some looks. He knows a lot of people. But I'm going to continue to work hard to try to throw 92 asap. Anyways thank you for your time 

If you attend a Div 1 or 2 program, you can  be drafted at 21  depending on your birthdate.  So you do not have to put in 3 years. 

We have never seen you pitch so we cant give opinions on the draft, but you do sound like you have the skills.

Best of luck.

 

Yeah. I worked very hard in the Dominican Republic. I went there throwing 76 and came back theowing 87-88. And I'm going to continue to work hard. Also would I have to get drafted when I'm 21 and can i also get drafted as a 22 year old ?

I suggest if this is something you really want to do, research.  Its not as easy as you may think.

I know it's not. I've been around the game my whole life. I'm just realistic. I know I have what it takes. I'm putting the work in and that's what matters. We'll see how far I get 

josten beato posted:

I know it's not. I've been around the game my whole life. I'm just realistic. I know I have what it takes. I'm putting the work in and that's what matters. We'll see how far I get 

Hard work and confidence will take you a long way.  Good luck. 

Find someone who has had TJ surgery, ask for their rehab program, and work that into your pitching workouts (if you are not doing this already).  Protect that arm. Oh, and get good grades and graduate, just in case.

josten beato posted:

He told me it doesn't have to be D1. Sometimes d1 isn't the best option. Just need to go to a school that offers me playing time. 

As a pitcher if you throw 90 plus and you can throw strikes you have a chance. I would suggest doing a program like driveline or wolforth that has a reputation of increasing velocity 

Dominik85 posted:
josten beato posted:

He told me it doesn't have to be D1. Sometimes d1 isn't the best option. Just need to go to a school that offers me playing time. 

As a pitcher if you throw 90 plus and you can throw strikes you have a chance. I would suggest doing a program like driveline or wolforth that has a reputation of increasing velocity 

Yeah. That's what I'm aiming for 90-91. Not too far from. Currently throwing 88. But thanks for the advice fam 

90-91 is a good target for college. If you want to go pro you have to aim higher. Remember you're not going to be twenty-one in three years. You're going to need to be further along if you want to be a prospect.

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