Blaine Gillim is no doubt one of the most talented LHP in both KY and the nation. Gillim was well on his way in the summer of 2016 with the Scorpions under the tutelage of Brad Wilkerson and George Sandel.
His game had risen to an extremely high level, and he was simply destroying hitters with an explosive upper-80s fastball and above average curveball, and his stock was on the rise among the country's best D-1 college programs and MLB scouts.
Then, it snapped, and the young Gillim tore his UCL in Fort Myers in July 2016. Devastated, he stayed with his team...super talented Scorpions South 2017....until the end. Back home in Ohio County, KY he was blessed to contact Dr. Kremchek in Cincinnati to perform Tommy John surgery August 19, 2016. As on of the best UCL surgeons in the world, Gillim's surgery went great, and he was faced with the long, slow process of rehabilitation for 12-18 months.
Fast-forward to today...almost 14 months since the scalpel cut into the premier Lefty's elbow, and Gillim is back with a vengeance. During his rehab, Gillim did it all and returned to the mound on July 15, 2017 for Owensboro Post 9 American Legion. In 3 outings and 8 innings, "Big Game" Blaine Gillim struck out 17, 3BB, and two new pitches....sweeping slider on both planes, and a split/change in development. He was almost untouchable, but his velocity was still developing through rehab.
The kid grinded out rehab in Aug and Sept and returned to Fort Myers on Oct. 1, 2017 with the Scorpions. Facing the exact spot where he went to the ground in excruciating pain with a possible career-ending injury, Blaine Gillim made his intentions known as he pitched 3 innings, 5 Ks, 1BB against another talented Florida travel team. The math on Gillim is simple and remarkable....since injury, surgery, rehab, and return....11 innings, 22 Ks, 4 BB, and a velocity in the mid-80s with improved pitches, and movement. This kid has what it takes at the next levels....and that is obvious!!
So....what's next for this talented young man? He will pitch in the biggest and most select tournament in the world Oct 19-23 with the Twins Scout Team/Scorpions. He has been invited to the biggest and most prestigious Showcase Oct 28-29 with Perfect Game. Afterward, he will take time off from throwing and focus on his off-season strength/conditioning, and his senior year at Ohio County High School. Then it's onto the June 2018 MLB draft or college.
This kid's pitches are extremely difficult to pickup...and left hitters....forget it. By next Spring, his velocity should have fully returned and projects 90+. However, what makes this young man one of the best....he knows how to pitch and use his arsenal against hitters. He has a very high baseball IQ and it shows.
I sure wouldn't want to be in the box with him on the mound before or since his comeback. Check him out....PG WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, FL Oct 19-23.....Those hitters best bring their "A" game, because they will be facing "A+" pitching from Blaine Gillim.