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A concern I have with Starling

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Football is his first love. I think the current system lends itself to guys that want to play football picking baseball. My son is experiencing this now. He is a top notch QB entering the 8th grade next year. As a 6' 1" 190 lb kid that can throw a football about 60 yards, has 3 years running the spread option and can run he already is getting attention at camps and people that follow travel football. However he has always hated baseball because quite honestly even with a pretty swing he simply misses the ball. About 3 months ago one of his friends that plays travel baseball had him over for a weekend and he went to one of his baseball practices. The problem started with the coach handing him a ball and saying throw it to the catcher. Well he has a cannon and threw the ball hard where he wanted it to go. Now he has two coaches wanting him to pitch for travel teams. He is wishy washy on the idea but he loves to compete and I imagine he will give it a go. When he is ready for college I could see him facing the football baseball question. As a football coach and someone that loves that game I would tell him take the money baseball has to offer. I think the current system has kids making this choice a lot and I think it is part of the reason we see so many talented guys that don't seem to progress.

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My concern is simple...I don't feel the Orioles will be able to develop him.

Well I think it is possible that any team might have the same problem if he would rather be doing something else. I know in your mind it is hard to see that a players commitment could have a huge impact on what the outcome is in 4 or 5 years.

Allstar I have seen the ratings of him at QB and I have actually seen film of him and he has a good bit of work to do before he takes DI football by storm. He is obviously a stud but he is not as accurate as you would like and has a tendency to have a little to much air under the ball for my liking. Because he was such a running beast at the high school level he put up a lot of easy numbers over the top because teams had to play cover zero or watch him run for 300 yards a game. He won't be outrunning all the guys on defense at Nebraska. JMO.

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