Nonamedad posted:3and2Fastball posted:Nonamedad posted:
Son is a pitcher, let's just say we have been very encouraged watching SEC baseball on Saturday on ESPN. Been seeing a lot of figures that look like snowmen in the little velocity box on TV. I hate seeing those pesky critters on my golf scorecard, but for a HS junior who has been told his whole life that you need to be 90+ to play D1its a nice surprise for my kid.
Within 5 years I predict that spin rate will have a much bigger influence on who gets recruited where, but for now 80's is not likely enough to get you recruited to an SEC school to pitch. Maybe 88/89. Maybe...
I invite you to watch this Saturday on ESPN college baseball (it's exclusively SEC where I am) to check velocity numbers. 90+ is the exception not the rule and that's mostly closers.
Many times a velocity won't be shown, my conspiracy mind tells me it's because the number is too low.
You may need 88-90 to get recruited, but anyone with eyes and a TV can see you don't need those numbers to pitch in the SEC, which is hardly mid level D1.
Watch the CWS, ESPN now shows many regional games, you really don't see the high velocity guys until 16 teams are left.
I agree with you and I watch a lot of college baseball, specifically the SEC. As an Arkansas fan, our Friday night guy is 92-95, Saturday is a LHP that is mostly 88-90, and Sunday is a guy that has had arm issues who will be anywhere from 89-96. The closer is 94-96 and the top two relievers are 88-89 and 90-95. The only teams with arms like that as far as I know are Florida and Oregon State which are basically the top 3 teams in the country. Most teams have a dude on Friday night and a few hard throwing bullpen guys, but everyone else seems to be 87-89. The key is to be 88 and be able to pitch and you can probably find a role on most SEC teams. Arkansas has some big arms in the pen but they are inconsistent and the softer throwing guys are in front of them. Texas A&M had a starter with a PG high of 92 and he never hit 90 once. 87-88 and would hit 89 some. And that is at Arkansas where I think the gun is about 1-2 mph hot.
You get down into the mid majors and you will see a lot of 85-87 RHP's. I can recall watching DBU vs Clemson and it seemed like every DBU pitcher was 85-87. Now, they all got shelled, but that is a different story.