High-schooler throws 194 pitches in 14-inning start
Dylan Fosnacht of Rochester (Wash.) HS recently shouldered a workload that defies belief.
On Tuesday, Dylan Fosnacht of Rochester (Wash.) High School not only worked 14 innings of an eventual 17-inning victory but also racked up 194 pitches (and 17 strikeouts) in the process. To repeat: A high school kid threw 194 pitches in a single start. He was finally lifted in the 15th after allowing the first two batters of the inning to reach.
MaxPreps has more details, including a quote from the assistant coach.
As for Fosnacht, he seems to be fine with it:
Some people think it's awesome, some people think it's ridiculous. I personally loved every minute of it and it's a great memory to have— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 15, 2014
I appreciate the enthusiasm and competitive spirit. Here's hoping it remains a great memory for the young man.
Look, I'm hardly a pitch-count absolutist, but 194 pitches in a game (!) for a still-structurally-developing high-schooler is excessive in the extreme.
As more and more major-league arms succumb to injury and as founded suspicion grows that many of these arms were compromised during their formative amateur years, you're going to see top-down pressure to put a stop to this sort of thing. Good.
Really, though, this is a problematic thing to allow even if the young pitcher in question has no future in baseball.
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