High school kid pitches 4 straight No Hitters
Old 04-23-2009, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is pretty amazing, even if it is just high school.

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Standing behind home plate, behind the wall of poised radar guns, four consecutive no-hitters didn't seem so improbable. Trying to wrap the brain around the concept -- four games without even one Texas-leaguer or seeing-eye single -- grows more difficult with each of Patrick Schuster's starts. But in the moment, against a fastball that looks like a Ferrari changing lanes on the Autobahn and a slider that spends just enough time in the strike zone to entice a swing, a hit would have offered more of a surprise.

So after Schuster, a senior at Mitchell High in Trinity, Fla., blew a fastball past Pasco High designated hitter Trejon Smith to seal Monday's 5-0, 17-strikeout win, it felt odd that his teammates would mob him and douse him with the water bucket. Against stuff like that, how could the Pirates have gotten a hit? But as the seconds passed and the enormity of the accomplishment sunk in, the celebration made perfect sense.
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He has a good arm, now lets see if he has a brain. If hes smart, he will go to college and improve himself guarenteed. If he declares for the draft, he might not pan out as well as he did in High School
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He has a good arm, now lets see if he has a brain. If hes smart, he will go to college and improve himself guarenteed. If he declares for the draft, he might not pan out as well as he did in High School
Why wouldn't he enter the draft if he's going to be a high pick, gets $$$
When he gets drafted he doesn't play in the MLB from day 1, he will pitch in the minors for a couple years until he's ready
You can also go to college when your drafted, if the team lets you
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Why wouldn't he enter the draft if he's going to be a high pick, gets $$$
When he gets drafted he doesn't play in the MLB from day 1, he will pitch in the minors for a couple years until he's ready
You can also go to college when your drafted, if the team lets you
agreed.
he'll get guaranteed money and will play minor league baseball - which is even better experience than college.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why wouldn't he enter the draft if he's going to be a high pick, gets $$$
When he gets drafted he doesn't play in the MLB from day 1, he will pitch in the minors for a couple years until he's ready
You can also go to college when your drafted, if the team lets you
I was watching PTI (don't ask me, Raptors season is over) and they were talking about this kid. Then one of them brought up about how Texas drafted a high school stand-out in like the first round, and didn't stick around very long. If he goes to college, he will learn the game better and will then almost certainly become an MLB type pitcher. If he declares out of high school, his chances of sticking in the bigs are 50 50
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baseball has 30+ rounds in the draft, a lot of players won't make the majors
Many MLB players don't go to college, I don't think Pujols went
Snider didn't
only reason you go to college is for education
The minor leagues (AA and AAA) have more talent than college
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no, look at brandon jennings case. He later admitted in a slam article (I don't know which one) that he was going to college one year and entering the draft. I think scouts would rather draft a college stand out than a high school stand out. Its written on the wall.

Oh, and this kid is going in the 1st or 2nd round regardless. Just making my point
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you can't compare baseball w/ basketball
baseball is like hockey, how many hockey prospects you see playing in college
They're all playing in the OHL, WHL and that Quebec league, there is AHL also
NBA just has D League for development
MLB has a rookie league, short A, A, AA, AAA
its more geared towards developing players
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Whatever, back to the kid, what pitches does he have?
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The kid throws 4 pitches, which he shouldn't be doing at that age. You don't even need to be able to throw 4 pitches, what you need to be able to do is spot them. I don't care what level you are playing at, if you throw 4 no-no's in a row, you're special. Forget college. If you are a pitcher, the only thing college is going to do is wear your arm down. You aren't going to learn how to pitch in college. You are much better off signing a deal with a nice bonus and then seeing what comes of it. Even if you don't stick, you still have your bonus.

If you are a position player, then college is always an option, because then at least you will face higher calibre pitching and you will be able to develop the different assets of your game. You don't risk blowing out your arm unless you are pitching.

One camp I was at, a scout just told us he was looking for arm strength and composure. That was it. They can teach you the rest.
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i just hate the frequent injuries that pitchers have in the MLB!
romero, litsch, mcgowan, ryan, and marcum out
oh well, 12-5 for now atleast
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All the more case for anyone with a kid to start teaching them how to throw a knuckle ball. No stress on the arm, makes your fastball look like a laser and you can pitch until you're 60.
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All the more case for anyone with a kid to start teaching them how to throw a knuckle ball. No stress on the arm, makes your fastball look like a laser and you can pitch until you're 60.
the problem is finding parents that know how to throw one properly.
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Hey speaking of freak pitchers, where is that pitcher that can pitch with both hands? College? The Jays could sure use him


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All the more case for anyone with a kid to start teaching them how to throw a knuckle ball. No stress on the arm, makes your fastball look like a laser and you can pitch until you're 60.
Well said.

Neikro, and Wakefeild mystify me!

As for this kid.... if he can strike out 17 MLBers, then why bother with college. There are many ways to becom eeducated, paying a college isn't the only way. Sadly in our society people are led to believe it is out of commerce.
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the problem is finding parents that know how to throw one properly.
That's the great thing about a knuckle ball, you can screw around trying to throw it and you'll probably do absoultely no damage to your arm since you aren't putting any added torque on it. No twisting of the wrist, no changing you arm slot, just stick the nails in the seams and more or less push the ball to the plate.

It's tough to figure out though. If you can't throw it properly, you are pretty much just throwing batting practice.
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