So I guess college coaches had a better eye for talent than the scouts.
He was a low 90s guy before he got sick...what did the scouts think, that he was never gonna get well? That he was gonna die from strep? Crazy.
From his ODU profile.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top two high school pitchers in the entire Mid Atlantic Region...0.38 earned run average with 144 strikeouts in 72 innints...All-Metro and All-Region selection
Not sure how you miss a guy like that. He was pretty much an instant success at ODU too.
I don't find it very impressive to watch Verlander as a college junior and say "hrm, this guy might be pretty good." He went #2 in the draft...obviously anyone could see that by that time.
Unless you knew for 100% certain he wasn't gonna sign, seems like someone should have taken a shot on him.
As Catfish mentioned, Verlander was very ill late in HS forcing his radar gun numbers to drop. When you add that, plus the fact he played at a small Single A high school, I can see how teams like UVA, etc. would pass on him. Getting healthy and on a consistent lifting routine really helped him. The same is happening for his brother right now at ODU. We had Ben two summers ago, and (no offense to anyone, as I like the kid and they have wonderful parents) I thought Ben was a below average baseball player, both pitching wise and hitting wise. Then come this year, he is hitting .370+ with 10 HR's.
Knowing the right people and having a baseball pedigree certainly helps (a la Harold Baines son gettind drafted a few years back), but it takes talent as well. Spence, I'm not sure what you have against Catfish, or scouts in general, but it is what it is. With all of the millions of baseball players, a few our bound to fall through the cracks, but the true players with pro level potential get drafted. The ones that fall through the cracks are 'borderline' guys. A few 'borderline' guys may end up making it, but the majority end up hanging up the cleats somewhere around Low/High A Ball.
I can admit that when I played at CNU, I thought I may be able to play at the next level (or indy ball, which I didn't even try to do due to the lack of pay). However, after being around a higher level/caliber of players and several scouts, I can easily see why myself, and several other players who have solid numbers at the D3 level, do not get drafted.