There is so much local talent in the high school ranks here in Utah. I wish BYU
would look more at the local kids. BYU, you need to be looking at Colton Hill
who will be returning from his mission next year. A lefty who dominated 4A
hitters his senior year at Salem Hills!
We can only use the mission age change excuse for this season. And we can only
get so much mileage out of the cold weather team excuse. The fact is BYU
baseball has been underachieving for quite some time.
Cold weather schools have a huge disadvantage in recruiting players. Who wants
to sit in the sleet, hail, windstorms and snow along with heat... all in the
same game? And play most of your first 20 games on the road? College baseball is
just played at the wrong time of the year for cold weather schools which is why
all of the teams in the CWS are warm weather schools. I loved the years Pullins
had Joyner, Snider, Kendrick and more, but that hasn't come back and with
the mission age it won't likely return.
BYU baseball is experiencing player attrition due to the age change of
missionary service to 18 years old. They essentially had 19 year olds and 18
year olds both go on missions at the same time. This is happening in other
sports too but it especially hurts baseball because they had three players leave
school early last year because they got drafted by MLB. Give them some time.
They showed some flashes of good things to come with the limited talent they had
last year. They will get back to their winning ways. I have no worries about
BYU's baseball team going forward. It is in good hands with their current
coaching staff. I just hope that the players develop better mental toughness,
loyalty to each other and put in a lot of work in the offseason.
I know I'm old, but I can't remember the last time BYU even advanced
to the NCAA tourney in baseball.
If we can't reach the same level of success we have in basketball and
football occasionally it's time to stop wasting our time and drop the sport