Hi, I have a 14 y.o. 2025 LHP who is coming along nicely. He's 5ft 11, 170lb, touching 80 in the past few weeks; truly commanding 3 pitches and working on CB. ERA around 1.0 last year and 1.6 so far this year in majors travel ball; over 1 1/2 k/inn. He has just been killing it. In the past couple weeks, I've been getting some emails and calls asking about his fall ball plans and whether he'd be interested in this or that club. I'm hoping some fellow LHP parents can help me with some development/recruiting advice. He definitely has P5 aspirations.
So I'm thinking of still doing what I've done every year and hold him out of fall ball again and not let him throw at all for 3-4 months. His current organization wanted to put him on their 1 team last year but I declined as I thought it was too much ball. They've already said that he would be on the 1 team again for this fall. They seem OK with us skipping that again and I think he'll be put on their 1 summer/fall team in the rising soph year. I don't think I'm burning bridges there. LOL though, HS coach asking about fallball...
So he's been working out at a gym for around 9 months now. He'll keep that up in the fall and winter.
He'll be going to his first PG WWBA this summer so there is a chance he might get good baseline measurables and writeup.
So my questions are:
Does the above seem pretty reasonable? I'm thinking I'll wait to let him start playing all year long beginning his Soph fall season. Or do you think I could even let him take that fall season off also? That would actually be my preference. What did you do with your pitcher?
I was looking at throwing programs. There is one pretty highly regarded one locally. Also I was checking out the Texas baseball ranch and driveline websites. Everything seems so pricey. But I'm guessing Velo will come naturally for him to 83-85 mph or so as he matures and then perhaps he will need more fine tuned help to get above that? Does everyone who throws 90+ go to a program of some sort?
How would you or did you play this out? I assume if he gets to 85+ from left side by sophomore year, that's when the college interest will start? I'd be interested in some general plans or suggestions.