I posted this over in the “Not Sure” forum but it does not appear that forum gets much traffic… so, I hope you all don’t mind but I am going to repost in this forum in hopes of some advice. If this is a problem please have a moderator remove…
My son is a rhp and a 2018 grad. I am seeking some advice, suggestions, etc… on the recruiting process, contacting college coaches, etc…
As a freshman in high school my son was average size and ability. He was around 5’9" played shortstop and pitched from time to time. I would guesstimate his fastball was in the low 70’s. He was a very effective pitcher in that he understood what it took to get outs.
As a sophomore he was moved up to the varsity team and primarily played third base. He also grew to around 6’ and weighed about 160lbs. He pitched from time to time and his fastball velocity topped out at around 80mph.
Up until this time he did not consider himself to be a prospect of any sort. I tried to get him to go camps, etc… but he was not interested. We did convince him to play for a mid-level travel team last summer. He primarily pitched and had decent success because he changed speeds and hit his spots. His fastball velocity at that time was 78 to 81 mph.
After the travel ball season was over last summer he began to aggressively work out. He has not missed a day in the weight room since July 2016.
He is a very good student and I convinced him to go to an “academic showcase” in November of 2016. At this camp his velocity was 79-83.
At the end of November 2016 he began to work with a pitching coach. His “baseline” velocity was 80-83. By middle February his velocity was 84-86. He has also grown and is now 6’3" about 180.
He is also now going to play for one of the more advanced travel teams in the area this summer. He will be playing in the WWBA tournament at “Perfect Game” in July.
In addition to his growth “spurt” over the past couple of years he has also made strides with is velocity. Is there any advice, suggestions, etc… any of you all more experienced can provide to increase his visibility to college coaches.
We were scheduled to do a video a couple of weeks ago but it snowed and it does not appear there will be other opportunities in between his scheduled starts.