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It's recruiting. I know for a fact that this team is drilled more than any Auburn team I've ever seen including Baird's. The problem is recruiting. You can't make chicken salad from chicken...you know the rest. We don't have a legit SEC shortstop on this team defensively and that sets a precedent for the rest of the infield. When hitting, you get at least 3 swings to put the ball in play. You don't get 3 chances when you have to field a ball and then throw it. Unfortunately for Pawlowski, recruiting is his responsibility.
I've always thought baseball recruiting was tough, because the top talent is likely to sign and go straight to the minors, or leave school early. I wonder what the top programs do. Perhaps the facilities upgrade will help.
Alabama delenda est.
What I've noticed in Pawlowski's recruiting is that he is constantly putting his marbles into player that have a high propensity to be drafted. I don't think you can be a sucessful baseball team off of that type of recruiting. At least not consistantly. Marginal baseball players is the route. You sign them and hope that they stay a few years. Most players in HS that are high on the list to be drafted will go...the one's that are not high in the draft and have a good first or second year in college will go... It's a fine line to recruit. JMO
Remember: If The Jury Box Is Stacked With Foxes...The Chickin Is Always Guilty
You do realize that we signed one of the top SS in the country a couple of years ago, who made just about every HS All-American list out there. His name is Zach Alvord. He just hasn't panned out.
He struck out a lot in high school and had a marginal glove. I think that has held true. Most pro teams projected him as a power hitting 2nd baseman or a 3rd baseman if he filled out. He was a bigger bodied shortstop in high school. Most of those guys don't stick at short. It's dumb that we didn't sign more true shortstops. Really dumb.
He hit .330 in high school. They also thought Justin Bristow was the 2nd coming of Cal Ripken. Ryan Tella is the best position talent we've got and it's really not close. With more work in the cage and more experience at the plate, Blake Austin can be the best we've got - kid has major league skills behind the plate defensively on a huge frame. Cooper has some major upside as well. Alvord may be a bp superstar but they don't throw many off-speed pitches in bp.
From AU sport site
Drafted in the 18th round (No. 554) by Atlanta in the 2010 MLB Draft ... 2010 AFLAC, Under Armour, Rawlings and Louisville Slugger All-American ... Hit .380 with 36 home runs and 80 RBI during his career ... Ranked 27th nationally by PGCrosschecker.com ... 2009 AFLAC and Under Armour All-American ... 2009 East Coast Pro Showcase and 2009 National Showcase participant
that is so true is so many areas. My son tested n the 98th percentile in his IQ testing in high school but he dropped out of college and trade school because he is just not driven.
Strive for perfection in everything we do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, create it.
He hit .330 his senior year when people stopped throwing him fastballs.
Workout warriors don't always equate talent
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