Hello…my little brother is a left-handed pitcher and a freshmen in high school, he weighs 98 pounds and is 5’4". Recently, trying out for a club baseball team he was sitting at 67-68 with his fastball and topped out at 72 as a 14 year old. After tryouts he had a college pitching coach approach him and said he’d like to get him on a strict diet to get him up to 120 pounds by his high school baseball tryouts in March and have him throwing mid to upper 70’s.
The college coach went on to say that with his arm whip and how hard he is already throwing for his size that he has tremendous upside. My dad threw low 90’s as a high school senior and didn’t play organized baseball until he was 17. I’m a right handed pitcher and have played baseball my whole life but even at 6’3" and 170, I only topped out at 83 mph. I’m guessing that suggests that my little brother really has something special in his arm and most likely got the velocity gene from my father.
I guess my question is if my brother can stay on this strict diet and get up to 180-200 pounds by his senior season then what are the chances that he’ll be throwing mid to upper 90’s as a lefty? Also what are the chances he could get drafted out of high school like some of his coaches are suggesting?