I just watched some D-3 games this weekend between a well-respected (baseball-wise) D-3 program and a D-3 that's not likely to threaten for any titles anytime soon. At the established school, the righties looked to be low to mid 80's; they had a short lefty that had to be upper 80's, which made me wonder why he wasn't elsewhere, but there could be a zillion reasons for that. For the lesser program, the righties were lower 80's and they had a lefty that might have thrown 80 a few times at best, but was effective with soft stuff, breaking balls and pretty good control.
83-85 seems about right...but more importantly, on the D3 level, you need to be able to get people out! Don't be consumed with velocity. Be more focused on command, variety of pitches, poise, and throwing strikes low and away. I think that is a good recipe for success at any level.
I likely know of most of those kids you mentioned, including your son, and ya'll do have an amazing abundance of young arms. I recall a few years ago speaking to someone up your way about the Deacons having a few kids, 16 and under, throwing low to mid-80's, and after playing them, the "propaganda" was entirely accurate. There's an awful lot of impressive talent in your neighborhood.
Yes Virginia, there IS baseball outside of the Beach!
I play for a respected D3 program. Actually we were #1 in the nation for the first few polls last year.
Our #1, a RHP throws about 85-87 and will hit 90. Our #2, a LHP throws about 83-86 and will hit 88. We have a freshman lefty in the pen that has been clocked at 90 quite a bit, but he's more of a thrower and hasn't developed into a pitcher yet.
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