Hey everyone, I am new to the board but I have been a casual reader for the last 2 years. I am 19 and trying out for my Colleges Baseball Team.
My senior year in my last game of spring ball I partially Tore my MCL. Let me tell you it was very painful. I was told I would not be 100% for about 12 weeks. 80% in 6 weeks and 50% in 2. I had a summer season coming up and knowing that Freshman tryouts were coming up for the college team this fall (Fall of 2011) I knew I needed to work hard. I pushed myself in therapy worked really hard, and I was itching to play baseball. I was told 6-8 weeks I was back playing in 4. Now with some limitations of course. I am a pitcher and an outfielder…no outfield for me. I could pitch but on a limited basis, so they moved me to 2nd base, coach got alot of flack for it because i’m left handed but I held my own (no errors) and went 12-21 hitting for that year (all singles) I was slow, sore, and out of shape lets just put it. I was hitting well but my pitching was not so hot.
I went to tryouts still not being able to play outfield so i just pitched. Each pitcher threw about 6 IP by the time i got cut and I gave up only 1 run, but my velocity was gone because I could not bend my back knee. I pitched well but got cut. All year i lifted and worked on running, and fat loss, I am 40 lbs lighter from christmas and now i am giving it one more go.
I struggled pitching this summer, couldn’t get my release point, my velocity was good but no control (prob throwing 5-7 MPH faster then my senior year) and i grew 3 inches. Still pretty short at 5ft8 but I can’t control that nor will i use it as an excuse. I hurt my shoulder in June. not sure what the injury was but I couldn’t throw a baseball without pain, one pitch and i was done. So i stopped throwing until a week ago and the pain is gone now. So far in tryouts I have been playing outfield and first, we have our first scrimmage today and they asked me to pitch since they knew me from last year.
After not throwing for a few months what approach should I take to this outing. People tell me its just a scrimmage and not to worry but every outing from here on out could be my last and I could get cut. I found a good life in college so if i dont make the team i’ll be fine so i am not near as nervous as last year, just competitive and my love for baseball is still there. After not pitching for two months, and not pitching effectively for over a year, how should I go at these guys? I have no pain in my shoulder or my knees so i am ready to go. I guess this has to do more with Mental strength but I want to see what you guys have for an opinion!