“…scouts do not like side armers so if you wanna go to college for baseball, side arm probably isn’t the way.”
With all due respect, I think this may be more a projection of what you personally think, than it is an accurate generality.
To begin with, there are very few sidearm pitchers at the high school level for colleges to choose from. Second, the raw odds of a HS player going on to play in college, at any of the available college levels, is small. This exceedingly narrow funnel is based on grades, talent, exposure, personal drive, and probably sometimes luck.
Overall, if there are 5% sidearm pitchers in HS ( a made-up number, I’d be glad to hear of a fact-based one) and if 5% of all HS players go on to play in college (I think that may be somewhat accurate, but am open to correction if someone has a better estimate), then the math suggests that one could expect to see about 0.25% of sidearm pitchers among all collegiate baseball players. I think the real number is larger than this, but it’s hard to say, because there are ~90,000 collegiate players across the country–there’s no way for anyone to see them all.
At MLB levels, where things are very visible, I believe the number is closer to about 10% sidearm pitchers. That estimate suggests that talented sidearm pitchers are actually valued higher than expected by scouts and managers, because the % of them is higher at that level than it is at HS level.
In the Steven Ellis has opined that being a sidearmer these days will brand a pitcher as a reliever…I have to agree. For whatever reasons, the evidence seems to clearly support that.
Well, the next question is: Is it a bad thing to win a roster spot as a reliever or closer? I don’t think so.