The Chance To Pitch Works Out Well For Rezendes

Bruce Hefflinger
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The Chance To Pitch Works Out Well For Rezendes

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Christopher Rezendes RHP / RHP / Tabor Academy, MA / 2020

DARTMOUTH, Ma. - It was 14U travel ball when opportunity knocked for Christopher Rezendes.

“I had a good arm and my travel coach gave me a chance to pitch,” reflected Rezendes, at the time an outfielder/first baseman. “I took it from there and worked on mechanics and my location.

“This past year I’ve really taken it seriously. I’ve really been training hard in the weight room and I’ve seen a change in velocity.”

While there have been no visits to date, the Tabor Academy junior has been in contact with a large group of colleges such as Maine, Fordham, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Northeastern, Brown and Dartmouth.

“They all said they’d see me in high school this spring,” noted Rezendes, who missed out on exposure in the fall with a minor injury. “A lot of them saw me pitch in the summer at the Future Games. That was a great event for me. A lot of schools became interested in me that had not known about me before. It was nice to be around some very talented players and play against such great competition.”

The 32nd-ranked 2020 player in New England also credited the Top Prospect Games, local PBR events and the World Games in Georgia as helping gain exposure.

“The schools I’ve talked with like my frame and that I’m a big athletic pitcher,” explained the 6-3 230-pound right-handed hurler. “They like my offspeed, my split change and curve.”

There has been a lot of improvement made of late by the number four-rated unsigned junior pitcher in New England.

“One of the key parts of spring and this winter has been trying to improve my command,” Rezendes said. “I’ve greatly improved my pitching success with a lot less walks.

“Strength training has also helped boost my velo significantly. I was throwing 80-82 my freshman and sophomore summers and I was 86-87 this past season.”

Another increase is not out of the question.

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