Just wanted to update you guys on what has gone on the past few years. I finished off my junior year with these stats:
13.1 innings pitched
I was disappointed in my performance as well as the amount of playing time I had, but I was confident going into summer that I could do well.
In the summer, I started playing for one of the best travel teams in St. Louis, and pitched very very well. I was used only in relief, for one or two innings spurts. I don't have the stats for this summer, but I know my ERA was below 1.7 in probably around twenty five to thirty innings pitched. The winter before, I sent out a ton of emails to colleges I was interested in. I had set my sights high, too high, and emailed mostly Division 1 schools. I received interested emails from a handful of schools, all asking to see my schedule. Around this time I was throwing 78-79. None of the schools that showed interest in me showed up to any of my high school or summer games. I was angry and dejected that I hadn't received any interest at all after the promising emails.
My senior high school season I had the honor of being named co-captain. I pitched a good season, but I pitched angry the whole season because of some disagreements with my coaches pitch calling. He called almost exclusively fastballs, never called my changeup, and only called sliders in the obvious counts. My stats ended up looking pretty good, but if not for all the 0-2 and 1-2 fastballs he called I felt I could have done much better.
42 hits (only 9 xbh)
At the beginning of the season I had decided to end my search for college baseball and head to a large state university in a neighboring state. While I was sending in my common app, my Dad told me to send a D3 school my application just to give myself an option of college baseball. A day later I sent the coach an email, and he asked me to come visit. A small school in Ohio, I was underwhelmed during my visit but decided that it wasn't time for me to give up playing baseball.
During our fall season, I performed really well in our intersquad scrimmages, and ended up being named the fall ball world series co-mvp. I consistently threw 79 in the fall, only 2 more mph than what I was consistently throwing summer of junior year.
Now, I have gained 12 pounds since I have been at college (5'11 171 currently) and I have followed the extensive 12 week weighted ball program given to us by the pitching coach. I am unhappy with my school choice, but I am happy that I decided to not give up baseball quite yet. I am hoping to transfer after my sophomore year to somewhere on the west coast to play baseball, and that has been what has motivated me since the end of fall ball.