INVESTIGATION: Coach Accidentally Forgets to Keep Pitch Count for Ace Pitcher
CHINO HILLS, CA—One local travel coach, Rico Estrella, is under fire this week after forgetting to keep the pitch count for his ace pitcher, Eddie Chavez, who threw over 100 pitches in a 10U game for the second week in a row. Estrella has forgotten to keep Chavez’s pitch count in every one of his outings dating back to last summer.
“I honestly don’t know what happens. I always keep the pitch count. But for some reason, whenever he’s out there, I just get lost in the magic and forget to keep track.”
Projected to be the #3 overall pick in the 2026 MLB draft, Chavez’s fastball ranges from 58-62mph, and he throws three other pitches for strikes—clearly dominant stuff for the 10U level. When his parents asked the opponent’s scorekeeper how many pitches he had thrown during a tournament game last weekend, they became outraged.
“I just can’t believe a coach would let our son throw that many pitches,” commented Javier Chavez, Eddie’s father. “He’s got his whole future in front of him. Why throw his arm out for a 10U game?”
“I think I have temporary spurts of short-term memory loss. That’s the only explanation I can think of,” explained Estrella. He is now under examination by the Committee of Pitch Count Control, and at risk of suspension if one of these spurts occurs again this season.