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Tomorrow my son is going to showball for the first time as a rising junior. He's done all the usual like emailing coaches ahead of time, both ones he knows from other camps and new ones. He knows as a rising junior that most D3 are not really ready for him, but that's the level he's targeting and wants to keep developing relationships. What advice and tips would you give him that you wish you knew beforehand?

Adding that he's a catcher (secondary 1B).

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A lot of coaches will watch pitchers warm up in the pen. Make sure he is blocking and receiving in the pen as if it were a game. Make sure he is ready to hit or catch at all times. A couple summers ago pitchers were having a hard time finding someone to warm them up. My son just finished his outing on the mound and grabbed a mask and glove and ran down to the pen to help. Several coaches commented on it later when they contacted him. You’d be surprised at how much they are watching and noticing the little things

Between my 2 kids we've gone to Showball twice.  In the rising junior summer, I think it is easier for a pitcher to get noticed than a position player.  If he has a plus metric somewhere, that would help.  But mainly what Speedy said is true.  He should use tomorrow to get used to the overall format and the sense of pressure; and mainly have fun.  BTW... and thanking you for taking him there.  That goes for you too.  Don't be too stressed and soak it in and be proud. After all you just doled out over $2k for the showcase, travel, hotel, food.  I remember once my rising junior threw 83-85 with 4k; 3groundouts, no hits, no walks in his first 2 innings.  Then he had a 3 hour break and tried to ramp up again for the next game, he then hit 3 batters and spiked 4 pitches in his next 2 innings when most of his target schools were watching.  I could have died right there and remember being down for him. But in the big scheme, meh; who cares.  He did his best and it was kinda tough circumstances to have a delay like that.  I hope it goes well!

We had day 1 today and thought I'd post an update. He had a pretty good day overall and was able to hold his own with many of the 2025s that are a year older. Like I expected, nothing that would blow you away but nothing that would make you worried. He had several great conversations with coaches afterwards, including several that remembered him from past camps. Many of them actually remembered what he did during the camp and made great comments on what he did, showing they really do pay attention (like one said he noticed his first 2 throw downs were a little off to the left and that he corrected well and dialed in the last three).

On to day 2 tomorrow. We are nicely filled with a good dinner and relaxing to some dodgers v Yankees action.


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