Soon, it’ll be the preseason. Soon, coaches and staff will be putting together a roster that resembles what they think is a winning combination. And on that note, you as a pitcher have two things going in your favor - (1) habits (2) predictability.
Every high school club has a certain limitation due to available resources. A pool of available players is one, last year’s record is another, and same tendencies to rely on certain individuals is yet another.
How can you find out the strengths and weaknesses that you’ll be facing this season? It might be easier than you think.
Many local papers, in the sporting section, will do a review of each high school club in every division. They’ll usually give some credit to returning players, all stars from last year, returning coaches, and somewhat of an appraisal of how strong the pitching/hitting/running game is - or - will be.
In short, someone has done you a tremendous favor but letting you know in advance what to look for when it’s your turn in the rotation. So, make a notebook on who’s-who, what you can expect most of the time, etc…
As the season progresses, keep track of ERA’s, base stealing stats, and other input necessary to arm yourself prior to getting your feet wet. If you know before hand what 80% of the opposing club is strongest at, your light years ahead of others that don’t.
If you’re not sure when or if your local paper does such a review, call - or even better yet, write the sport’s editor and ask if and when they will.