Let me start off with a story: last year was the first year I seriously wanted to pitch. I went to Fenway and watched Josh Beckett pitch; he became my favorite player and he inspired me to pitch. I was horrible last year, I had an era just south of 9. I had decent velocity and and little control. I had alot of movement but it just worsened my command problems. I decided that i needed to change to have a chance to pitch on varsity. I got the ■■■■■■■■■■■ DVD’s from Joe Fletcher and Jon Huizinga’s DVD. They changed my entire career.
This offseason, I worked my butt off and got much better. I mean I was working out for 1-2 hours intensely every day. I tinkered with my mechanics too. Well this season came and I was extremely confident coming into tryouts. I knew I had worked the hardest out of anybody I knew that I could succeed on varsity. Teammates complimented me on my work ethic and determination. Everybody seemed impressed by me, except my coach. He had me pitch off a mound once and didn’t even see me pitch. I had recently tinkered with my mechanics in opening up sooner to get more torque in my core and take stress off my arm. Even though I was still not completely comfortable with it yet, I had good late movement and good control. My change up was off the table. But despite all this I get cut. When I asked why he said that I was the hardest worker on the team yet I wasn’t talented enough. My teammates and I were surprised, I mean all my teammates told me I had the most heart out of anybody on the team.
The coach is a guy who when the players on varsity were freshman he though he knew if they would be good enough, I apparently wasn’t. So even though I work my butt off and other players on the team haven’t shown my passion for the game and that I am just as good as they are (and the fact that many off them have been caught doing stupid stuff off the field) yet he thought he knew that I couldn’t handle varsity.
I will not let this guy tell me I can’t succeed in baseball. I am going to get even better (I have already started to do the Jaeger Long Toss every other day) so I will be hopefully throwing in the mid 80’s (which would be about a 10 mph increase) by next season.
The problem is that I have a feeling that no matter how good I get he won’t take me on his team. I don’t necessarily want to play for him, if he retires and another coach takes his place (hopefully the B-Squad coach because I have a tremendous amount of respect for him). I am wondering what could I play instead of High School ball? I was thinking of Amateur and will be 18 next year so would they allow me to play? I live in minnesota so if anybody has any input please share.
Sorry for ranting about me getting cut.