Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Essentials: A Recruiting Case Study

[Note from Recruiting Essentials editor Sean McCann: This week's blog will feature a guest post from PBR Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting Jacob Gill. Prior to joining PBR, Jake spent four years as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA and three years as an assistant at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN.]

By Jacob Gill
Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting

Take the following profile of a high school prospect from the summer between his junior and senior years:

6-foot-3, 200-pound, broad-shouldered right-handed pitcher. Over-the-top arm slot. Works 83-85 and touches 87 with his fastball. Has the makings of a very good breaking ball, but is inconsistent with it. Violent wind-up with some effort in his delivery that lacks repeatability. Needs to sharpen up his command. Also an outfielder; wants to be a two-way guy. Tough competitor, bulldog. Young for his grade.

Two different coaches could watch the exact same game, take those exact same notes, and come to completely opposite conclusions on whether or not they want to pursue the player in question.

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