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Blaine Gillim - LHP - Ohio County up to 90 and Rising


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The kid is on a blistering pace---mound and at the plate for Ohio County High School this year. In terms of velocity, this lefty is on the rise since Tommy John surgery in August 2016. Finally healthy and strong, he broke the 90 barrier recently at a PG Showcase...officially. Unofficially, others have had him at 91-92.

 

The breaking ball is sharp with depth at 76, and maybe his biggest improvement has been command and fastball movement.

 

This kid is the real deal...and calm as they get on the bump. With a.79 ERA and averaging a little over 2Ks per inning (which have been purposefully kept at a low level), he is one of the best in the state by all accounts and evaluations from those who have seen him this yr.

 

At the plate. he is among state stat leaders in batting average and slugging percentage. This LHH has got some bat speed though not recognized.

 

The stands are filling up to see this kid and his team....Watch out for Ohio County! Might be surprised what they can do if they make it to Lexington.

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It is always good to hear about athletes having success from around the state.

 

Ohio County currently ranked #57 in the state by MaxPreps. Regional opponent Owensboro is at #49. It would be big news for Ohio Co. to make any noise at state.

 

It would be huge news. Owensboro has beaten us twice...2 shutouts. So...Ohio Co is a cinderella at best. I love the new format of the state tournament on different weekends. Big difference from the old days. It sure allows for a much different pitching strategy. My best example would be Campbell Co...who got hot a couple years ago and almost clipped St X in the finals. One can dream about such things happening to a small community.

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Any word on where he will end up in the June Draft?

 

Unsure...hoping for the best. Whoever takes him will be getting a good one that projects very well. Kid has plenty of room for development physically. I like the fact that teams are looking for pitchers who are deceptive instead of just flame-throwers. Sure....gotta throw hard...gotta have quality breaking pitches. Just blasting gas at 94-95 will get you beat if you cant pitch. So...I dont know when, where, or with who.....we will see who wants him. There is certainly more than a little interest....

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