The USA Baseball 12u NTIS Mid-Atlantic finals had to be moved indoors due to weather. This video is Cooper catching a live simulation for DJ Ratdke of the East Cobb Astros. (same kid I posted a video of Coop catching at the SC tryout). I can’t recall the name of the kid hitting but he is one of the big sticks from the Alabama Elite.
Each pitcher threw about 2 simulated innings. There was a live ump. Hits and outs were determined via judgement calls from the coaches.
At the plate Cooper “reached safely” in 4 out of 6 plate appearances while being the only switch hitting player (2 righty and 4 lefty). He was 1-3 with a single up the middle, a fly out to right and a K looking. He also drew 3 walks while laying off some tough pitches. All of these pitchers were high velocity guys with all but a few sitting at 63+ and several running it up around 70.
There were 5 catchers out of the 30 that made the finals. One of them is probably the best player I have ever seen at this age. He mashed at the plate with a confident power swing and he didn’t miss many. He also pitched with a fastball around 70 and filthy off speed stuff that made him pretty much un-hittable. They didn’t pop today and although I’m confident Coop would be quicker this kids’ arm would make up for it. Cooper received a little better and was more agile and polished behind the plate but this kids’ other tools made him the clear #1 all around catcher and he will surely get a roster spot.
That leaves 4 catchers battling for one spot so we shall see.
I will say that this is by far the pinnacle of talent I’ve seen so far. These were the most elite players from many of the most elite teams in 5 states. Some of these kids were physically developed way beyond their years with several coming it at 5’10 or so and thick. Some of these guys were built like brick houses. Cooper and some others looked like kids while others looked like teenagers. So goes the genetic lottery I guess.
They will announce the roster by Wed night. I didn’t have any expectations when we went to the first tryout and I still don’t. I feel like Cooper played the hand he was dealt as best he could. He didn’t appear the least bit nervous and he never blinked at the plate or behind the dish. The coaches had great things to say about him and whether he makes the team or not I am very proud of the boy child.
Good job Coop!