May be in the wrong place, if so feel free to move this.
How detrimental in reality is not making the Freshman team, in getting on the radar for College recruiters? Can a coach really ruin your chances?
Little background at 14 Dave was clocked at 75-76 consistently, has a nice variety of pitches. Not a one trick pony, good hitter, smart at the plate (last seasons on base percentage was .710), and a much better than average fielder. A good all around player. Our neck of the woods has a good amount of talent, but not overflowing. I’d say that he was comfortably in the top 10 of talent that tried out, of 29. Apparently that wasn’t good enough as he was cut.
I calmly (that was tough) contacted the coach to ask what brought this decision, and what he would need to do to work on making the Sophomore team. His reply was he had poor arm strength, and poor batting mechanics. When asked why he thought poor arm strength, his reply was his warm up tosses looked weak. Hmm ok. When asked what would he improve on his batting mechanics, the only thing he could say is he is a little tall in his stance, then later admitted he didn’t actually watch him hit, just watched a short video that someone took.
When I take my son to his pitching and hitting coach they can pick out what he needs to improve on right away and tell you in detail. Of course after he didn’t make the team, I took him back to his hitting coach to see if he got broken all of a sudden and he had great form and hit everything a ton, so he’s not broke.
I know things happen, and sometimes talent isn’t always the only reason some get picked and some don’t. We struggled and pulled as many strings as possible to get him back into the local district travel league and did, so he will be playing. Anyone have any ideas on getting him more exposure to get noticed?