Any more than 14 and you are pandering to parents. If you have PO's carry no more than 3 then the rest are position players. You need
4 Outfielders(2 CF min) - 4 Infielders(2 SS min) - 3 Catchers who can play 1B/3B
If you play 30 Games in a season - You need to cover 200 IP and you probably only have 900 PA's
Your 3 best pitchers get 140 Innings So you have 60 left (3 Guys). Your top 7 Hitter get 700 PA's you only have 200 left (5 Guys) - Guaranteed 3 of your top 6 pitchers are everyday players.
High school Baseball is 4 Weeks Pre-Season 7-8 Weeks Regular season. 75% of teams are out after the second tournament game. Asking a kid to give up 200+ hours and then not giving them innings or PA's is really a waste of time. Summer ball is different you play 11+ Weekends and you can play 6-8 Games per week. you need extra bodies especially Catchers and Pitchers. So a quality PO in summer is Gold.
Thank you! Finally someone willing to speak the truth! I personally think 15 is the perfect number. “Asking a kid to give up 200+ hours and then not giving them innings or PA’s is a waste of time” is the truth! I am so tired of hearing the “but they know their role and accept it” argument from people on this board. Thanks for posting this.