here Passion Meets Reality!
It’s simple medicine: teenagers do not possess the ability to throw a fastball like a twenty-two year old man. Their arms haven’t developed to the point where curve balls won’t cause permanent damage to their elbows.
And they can’t hit without an aluminum bat for a reason. Derek Jeter was just an extremely rare exception to that rule.
Still Majo League clubs foolishly go after this age group instead of guys out of college. It’s clear it’s the equivalent of sending a featherweight up against a heavyweight like Mike Tyson in a prizefight, so why bother.
If the guy hasn’t even reached young adulthood, or just turned 18 this year, don’t sign him. You’re setting him up for failure…and setting your club back five years.
It’s common sense: Teens don’t possess the size and strength of grown men; when did we forget that?