Speaking of kids this age. I’m coaching a Babe Ruth Major League team (15-18 year olds). There is a new kid on my team who has never played baseball before. During player evaluations, it looked like he had played a little bit of catch, but mostly he doesn’t know how to handle the glove. At the plate, he swings hard but deflects everything foul to the 1B side.
At this age, we really don’t know what we could see. I’m glad he’s taking up the game. I told him I would work with him on the side during practice between pitcher bullpens. I’ve had two sessions with him and he now understands “palms up, thumbs out, butt down” for ground balls. He understands which way to turn his glove to catch the ball “around the clock face” and I’ve got him holding the bat properly activating his swing with his back knee and hip. My lesson cue was, “I don’t want you to swing the bat, I want you to hit the ball hard.” He put a half dozen balls off the L screen at last practice. I almost had to put on my sunglasses to shade my eyes against his smile. His throwing motion is another story. He’s got this throwing darts while skipping thing going on. Everyone loves a challenge, right?