2019 MLB Draft Prep: SIU/Edwardsville and velocity vs. command

A discussion about an area team, and the pitching spectrum

As you may or may not know, it’s possible to get dragged into an online machismo contest about something rather absurd. I know, kinda odd, isn’t it? We have a mechanism for education and communication, and it gets somehow twisted and contorted into a partisan “Yay Me” fest. It happens all too often. I was recently in one of those, and the general discussion leads to a fairly decent Cheer Local segment on the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars.

Before I get to the specifics, I’ll lay some groundwork on the Cougars, who play their home games Roy E. Lee Field, about 40 miles from St. Louis. They play in the Ohio Valley Conference, which is traditionally a one-bid league. However, last season, Tennessee Tech had a fantastic season, and earned an at-large bid to the Field of 64, despite losing in the OVC Finals. The Cougars scuffled to a 15-37 record in 2018, 6-24 in the league.

In short, the Cougars are a northern school in a more southern baseball conference. The league has talent (the Cubs drafted two players in 2018 from the OVC, in Ethan Roberts and Clayton Daniel), but …Read the Rest

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