And Hello 2019 Summer Ball Recruiting

And just like that, we have pretty much filled our roster for Summer 2019. I got brave this year, letting our GM sign 35 (15 position, 20 pitchers) as we've never had a year where we didn't lose at least 5 players by the time we start playing to injuries, grades, too many innings, or girlfriends. Other reasons were signings with the Cape, need for money from a full time job, nifty internship opportunities (one was ESPN-how do you top that?), summer school (several of those), need for surgery (unfortunately several of those too), and more. Cosmetic surgery was probably the strangest.    Recruiting is going on at a rapid pace right now.   If your coach isn't talking to you about summer ball placement, be proactive.   Many schools wait until spring to place pitchers, but we've signed some really nice arms  so that's not universal.  

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p.s. Just lost a pitcher last night- a freshman that was expected to be a weekday starter has is new coaches thinking now he may be their number 1 guy, so his innings will take him out of summer ball.     The risk of signing high quality arms...

Most college coaches will have an inning limit on their guys for summer ball.  It seems early to pull a kid already when they obviously haven't pitched next spring yet    My son's summer team had one kid that came in with a 16 inning limit, most were in the 30-40 range and a few who hadn't thrown much in the Spring were not really limited

CT therein lies the conundrum.

A kid who is maxed out during the college season as a FR (and every year thereafter) may never see innings in summer ball. (Maxed out is whatever the college coach thinks it is.)

That means that guy will not be seen pitching in a woodbat league against the best players; he will be seen pitching against teams which collectively have less concentrated talent and hitting with metal. 

Ironic isn't it that the FR pitching stud will not have the same opportunity as a seldom used FR?(Good summer leagues are swarmed by scouts who appreciate watching players use the same equipment as the pros. For example, the pitcher whose college coach didn't like pitching inside is loved when he breaks bats with inside fastballs during the summer.)

A blessing and a curse it is to become a stud FR pitcher.


A freshman that is a stud likely already is "known"....and if he's not, but ends up starting at a D1 as their #1 starter, he'll be known soon enough.  Sure the summer league would be nice, but he'll have plenty of chances to be seen by the right people.  My son played in what is regarded as a pretty good summer league, not the Cape by any means, but not every team is "loaded" fact, some of the teams wouldn't have won more than 10-15 games played a Mid-Major D1 schedule

Once a college starting pitcher gets over 40-45 innings, summer shutdown or an innings limit is likely. BUT,we have had pitchers that threw 50 plus innings sent out for the summer because the coach wanted them to get more exposure. There may be an innings limit of course. I have seen some D III coaches send starters out with no limits, just asking for common sense. A good D-1 pitcher with 45-50 innings will likely be shut down or very limited but D 2 and 3 coaches are more willing so their pitchers can get exposure.    The "perfect" summer arm is a very talented freshman that is red-shirted because the staff is already loaded (think something like U. of Florida).   We had a pitcher from Florida one summer that was the league's best by  season's end. Had only thrown 10 innings for UF. He went back to UF the next season and only threw about 10 innings as a junior...and was drafted in the 20th round by the Dodgers.

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