From what I've heard, many of the Eastern and Northeast pitchers get somewhat shutout of consideration because the west and southwest pitchers are able to get many more starts and innings as compared to the other guys. The top Chapman pitchers, for example, are able to get 13-14 starts and 90+ innings because of the way the teams are scheduled and, usually, the cooperative weather. Not taking anything away (I was fortunate enough to catch the Trinity (TX) vs Chapman games) from these guys, they truly are very good as evidenced by the mlb draft, eastern players are lucky to get in 9 starts because of schedules and weather. Our team had 6 games canceled due to weather. Our conference plays doubleheaders each Saturday and Sunday, with usually 2 games during the week. We do not start until mid-March and end around 5/5 with the conference tournament. So, if a starter goes Saturday, a responsible coach would not bring him back for the Tuesday game, but might give him a couple of relief innings on Wednesday, which would be a bullpen day. He would then start again on Saturday. With the West starting in February and mainly going on the weekends, games are spread out, so you're number 1 & 2 can get more starts. While the 2 top guys for Marietta got 16 starts, Marietta played 56 games versus 40 for Chapman, for example.