The 2019 season of the Tidewater Summer League has concluded for the year, and we grateful for all the hard work put in by our interns and staff, making 2019 another outstanding season of collegiate summer baseball.
The 2019 TSL season brought together 224 college players from around the country, along with 24 coaches and a dozen interns, all with a shared goal of player development, getting consistent reps in the field and daily live at bats, developing a solid baseball related daily work out routine and a chance to take a step forward in their baseball careers. Virginia Beach was definitely the place to be this summer for college players.
We watched as our players got in over 24,000 hours of work outs, strength and conditioning, speed and agility, hitting, throwing, receiving, position play, base running and team practices, and played in 87 games, logging 783 innings of great collegiate wood bat summer baseball.
We watched as our players continued to develop their baseball skills throughout the season, putting in the hard work off the field that was visible as they took the field each day.
Daily, personal, baseball focused work outs became habits, reinforced by our daily games, and our hope is that our players will continue their daily work outs during the remainder of the summer and return to their respective schools a better baseball player than when they left last spring.
We saw our hitters get better each week, with hitters becoming more disciplined, going to the plate with a solid approach and a plan, and QAB’s went up for all our hitters as the season progressed, a testament to their commitment to the developmental program.
We saw our pitching staffs go from 240 – 250 pitches per game down to 160 – 170 pitches per game, and from a dozen plus BB’s per game down to 3 or 4, first pitch strike %’s climbing across the board, and at the end of our season we saw a healthy staff of arms league wide, reinforcing the value of a daily throwing/arm care program that focuses on a proper pre-game and post game routine, warm up progressions, off day throwing routines designed to improve not only control but command.
We saw player confidence rise and we also saw players enjoying the opportunity to take the field each day playing the game they love. We watched as players put in their time on the tees and in the cages, working together daily, in the weight room, pens and fields, and doing it with a smile and excitement as the results made the sweat and grind worthwhile.
We saw friendships formed on the playing fields and in the dugouts, we saw young men conducting themselves in a manner that would make their parents, college coaches and friends proud, as competitiveness and sportsmanship were seen as one.
We saw a new champion crowned, as the Lakewood Legends won their first Postove Cup Championship, adding their name to the Tidewater Summer League’s Champions List. Congratulations to Coach Roberto Vaz and Coach Cody Ortego and all the Legends players.
We watched the MLB draft and once again were excited to see more of our former players getting their name called out as the dream of playing professional baseball instantly became a reality. We are proud to have been a small part of every players baseball experience, and for those fortunate enough to make it to the next level, we rejoice with them and their families.
We once again saw a dozen of our league’s top players get picked up by some of the country’s top collegiate summer leagues, including the Coastal Plain League, the Valley League, Perfect Game League, Prospect League, Ohio Valley League, & ABBA, all of whose season’s run into the first of August, extending their summer season and providing them with the opportunity to go from our “minor league spring training” style summer program to a “minor league regular season” style program.
We want to say a big Virginia Beach THANK YOU to all of our players, coaches, interns and staff for another great summer. Below you will find results and other information from our 2019 season.