Since the kid pitcher has former athletes for parents hopefully they have perspective and aren't looking to fulfill failed dreams. The kid has something big in his favor. He chose parents from the right gene pool.
So you guys with younger kids make sure and work in some other positions. My kid can hit and will land somewhere, but here in Fla, it will be most likely D2 or NAIA if he wants to play next level. Still pretty good brand of baseball at that level down here, but very little interest from some of the D1s out of state that I have watched in person. This was a bit of a head-scratcher until I realized what TG said about 1B is absolutely true. 1B is the last position recruited, if at all, and likely lowest amount of $$$ but, you can of course alter that with production once you get there.
well height is important but not everything. there are plenty of 6"4 guys who throw 87 and then there is tim collins who is 5"7 and throws 95. lincecum is 5"11 and kimbrel who throws upper 90s is also like that.
the most important thing is really how explosive you are (fast twitch muscles or whatever that means). height is only part of what power is.
I think walks are overrated unless you can run. If you get a walk and put the pitcher in a stretch, that helps, but the guy who walks and can’t run, most of the time he’s clogging up the bases for somebody who can run. – Dusty Baker.
To Dom's point, 5 of the top 10 hardest throwers in the majors are 6' or below (and usually a pitcher listed at 6' in the majors is probably more like 5'10"):
72 from a 10yo is amazing. However, it's obvious he's still almost useless as a pitcher because he has no control. That's probably a good thing though, after seeing his picture, I'm agreeing with CO from what we can see. Still, even if he had amazing accuracy, I would use him probably less than my other pitchers. 72mph on a 10yo arm is bad news, IMO. I don't believe, for one second, that he's so far an advanced maturer that his growth plates aren't still open at that age.
Kids need to be watched carefully since they are not mature yet to do it themselves.
Unfortunately some parents ruin their kids because they want the pat on the back for how much of a stud pitcher their kid is.
My 14 y.o. has just started picking up a baseball after being off since August 1. I'm constantly asking how his arm feels after throwing the ball. He knows to shut it down after the first sign of shoulder or arm pain.
If your son was a 5-2 105lb. just-turned-13 yr old, who was biologically just-turned-13yo, and he could cruise at 70mph, would you limit his innings ? (let's assume he throws a lot of strikes).
By "limit his innings", I mean erring on the side of less than those of conservative ASMI-type guidlines.
I hope his parents don't read my post, because really it's none of my darned business.
Last edited by skipper5; 12-08-2012 at 11:41 AM.
Well the temptation is always there.
My son is 14 and is 5'-11, 190 lbs with little fat. He's on track to be at least as tall as his brother, 6'-4".
I wasn't trying to protect my son's arm like it was a commodities future with a payoff. I was protecting his health. He threw 87 his senior year of high school. There were mid majors interested in having him pitch. He wanted to be a position player. He's bigger than high school now. But he hasn't been gunned from the mound in two years.
Last edited by tg643; 12-08-2012 at 01:04 PM.