Hey guys, long time no see. I'll get right into it. Frankly, this year was the worst baseball experience of my life. I pitched a grand total of seven outs all year, which is a far cry from the playing time my coach had promised me. I was used as a situational lefty reliever, which would oftentimes mean that I would come in for a lefty batter and then come right back out. Luckily, my longest outing of the season (1 2/3) came when my dad was in town to see me. I got up to siting 79 and hitting 82. While these aren't the gains I was hopeful for, it's a start.
About 3/4 of the way through the season, I was looking to transfer after the school year, but unfortunately due to money, transferring after this year is not an option. Luckily though, I did receive some interest from some D3 schools in California, so I am hopeful that they will still be interested next year. To receive that interest, I filmed a recruiting video on one of our off days, which you can see here. Unfortunately during the video I must have pulled something in my forearm area, as the very next day I was unable to pitch because of a great pain in my throwing hand's pointer finger, and this injury lasted long enough that I was unable to pitch again the rest of the season. I am playing summer, but my forearm and ucl area have been tight and haven't recovered as quickly after my outings as they have normally.
Part of the reason I hated this year so much was because of my coach. On my recruiting visit, I was promised immediate playing time. Even after the fall, I was told I would have a chance to relieve with an opportunity to increase my playing time if I performed well. While 2 1/3 of an inning is a small sample size, I did have a perfect era, and only allowed a bunt hit. I felt as if I was lied to. My friend, who has since transferred, was in a similar position as he too was promised playing time that he never received. When he went to confront coach about it, coach point blank lied about what he had said, and became defensive. I asked around the team and found that the coach was a consistent liar about playing time and giving people opportunities. This is the main reason I want to transfer as soon as possible. Anytime I think about playing baseball next season for coach I become angry.
Because I haven't had very much fun playing the last couple of seasons, I am very much considering giving up baseball after next year. I am thinking about transferring to a bigger university out west and continuing my studies as just a student. Does anyone have any experience with quitting college baseball and transferring? I have never not played baseball, and I am just worried that I will have a really hard time making friends and getting the most out of the college experience that I can.