A sports news company did an interview on a player I trained during his off season! They said he was reinvented. UPDATED: Staley's re-invented McLaughlin McLaughlin, already verbally committed to Missouri, looked nothing like the player who was just a position player as a sophomore. In the offseason he invested in a personal trainer, dropped some 40 pounds and picked up about 10 mph on his fastball.
It's all part of the "real big changes" that have taken place in his personal approach. He had gotten to a point where he didn't know if he wanted to play anymore. Now, his baseball future is white-light bright, maybe even draftable by his senior year. "He just made a 360-degree turn," Staley coach Dave Wilson said. "He has been so focused this year. I think his upside is tremendous. Now it's just a matter of mound time and I think every outing he'll get better and better." McLaughlin struck out the first two batters he faced Saturday and fanned three in the game. He walked four, but had only one runner reach second base.
He was consistently throwing 84-85 on his fastball, topping out at 87 -- he hit 92 in the Falcons' tryouts -- and those who saw his breaking ball up closest said it was in the nasty range where you couldn't see the spin.
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