I really enjoy the general discussion here at HS Baseball Web. Although my son is still enjoying the heart of his youth baseball experience (11U in PONY Broncos), we are fans of our local High Schools, are neighborly with many local baseball families, and follow closely the suite of local prospects, one of whom reportedly drew more than a dozen MLB scouts to a game we attended last Wednesday night (I can't confirm that as I only recognized five scouts that I had seen before at other functions). And the experiences of the community on this website have really shed light on the larger picture of how young ball players transition from talented youngster, to prospect, to college student/athlete, or to pro. This stuff is interesting to me whether or not baseball is in my own son's long term future.
Knowing that most posters here have boys that are succeeding at least at the High School level, have gone on the college baseball, or even pro ball, I am interested in hearing from you on when it was that you first realized your little guy was really something special. Was it after he made his first rec league (LL, PONY, Ripken) All-Star team? When he started for the first time on a select or travel side? Maybe he was a late bloomer and it wasn't until mid-HS when he first scored a spot in the Varsity Team and never looked back? And what was it that made you stop and think, "wow, he's really got 'IT'!"
Thanks for any interest and responses.