For the general fan, ever find it odd that ending every summer season for the past 6 years that Notre Dame always has a plethora of top prospects ranked throughout the leagues? Ie. Cape Cod, Northwoods, NECBL, Prospect, Great Lakes.
Then these very same athletes return to South Bend and perform below their talent levels. So the players that leave these summer leagues playing against the best talent in the country and are ranked by Baseball America, Perfect Game, D1 Baseball, as potential day 1 draft picks, return to Notre Dame and play terribly. Why? The talent and tools don't just mysteriously disappear! Either they're not being challenged or this staff doesn't have the talent and experience to develop these young men.
Can we help these pitchers with command and implementing new approaches on the mound? Can we have a hitting coach behind the cage during bp help these young men with their swings and approach? Or are we just filling out a lineup card? Or simply passing the buck by hiring a "mental coach" to shout out ridiculous scoring methods and point systems during weekly practices for cheering, running to 1B, ground balls to the right side, and yelling "back" when the pitcher picks to first base. Save those rookie level tactics for the juco's of the world.
You show me Eric Jagielo (who was already good and drafted as a HS player), and I'll show you multiple nationally ranked players who arrived on campus over the past 6 years and became nonexistent.