I think "omg" understands the concept of "showcases" and could care less about what his players do at the showcases they happen to attend....it's what they do when they return to his HS teams that he has concerns with.
Originally Posted by tg643
I think you're making "omg's" point for him....maybe you should have learned from your HS coach how to better your move.
2 & 5) The first thing that will get a pitcher noticed is the number on the gun
. The first thing that gets a position player noticed is the number on the stopwatch given the first event at a showcase is running the sixty. Then it's throwing velocity across the infield or from the outfield. Mechanics are important. But mechanics can be fixed. Bat speed is imporant but not measured. It's obvious when a player doesn't have bat speed. But after this the players are watched for their their knowledge and awareness including all the little parts of the game. I personally got to college with a horrible move to first because I didn't deal with many base runners in high school
If that's what you think of the team aspect of HS baseball is, and what is expected of the "best high school players"....well, then you and your son are the "Showcase Daddy" and "Showcase Charlie" that "omg" is talking about.
3 & 4) In showcase ball there aren't many signals. You don't walk, bunt and hit and run your way to the next level. But this has nothing to do with playing high school ball where the coach is in charge of a team whose only goal is winning the game. The best high school players hit, not bunt and hit and run
. My son had to hammer it into him to stop taking so many pitches, working the count and stop bunting for hits. The college coaches aren't looking for bunters and hit and run guys.
They can develop these players as needed. My son was only asked to bunt once his junior and senior year of high school. He got it down so well he beat it out.
How can what "omg" is saying be "ludicrous and untrue"? You just reiterated in your own words, personal experiences identical to what he's commenting on, when some "Showcase" kids come back and play for their high school teams.
I find what you are stating to be ludicrous and untrue. For all the showcase players and games and tournaments I've been around I haven't witnessed any of what you are saying. I saw kids taking a professional approach to getting to the next level.
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