I agree it’s bad to burn out young arms, but…..
…such that this is supposed to protect for that, I think there’s kinda an awkward who / whom thing going on, to be Marxist about it, and I’m conflicted.
Understand some structural stuff…. quality competitive baseball is dependent on pitching, which might as well be a code word for ‘velocity’. The speed of the baseball has a lot to do with the competitive challenge. The velocity will vary from level to level, but how hard the other team’s guy throws and then how hard your team’s guy throws determines much. What’s true is, no one’s looking for soft throwers eh.
In the pros, superficially it looks like ‘average fast’ is about 92 mph. Those are elite athletes.
At the high school level, where non elite but nonetheless fit young men get to play, I’d guess ‘average fast’ is about 78 mph. But ya know, you got a team of twenty or so, drawing from seniors and juniors and sophomores, there’s often like one guy, maybe two, who can throw pretty good, maybe get up to 84, 85…. And when these guys pitch, it dramatically improves the team’s competitive effort.
So what happens is these guys pitch a lot, they get ridden. And they get sore arms (sometimes). With the pitch count rules we’re talking about protecting from that overuse….
…. But we’re talking about protecting a certain kind of stud HS player actually, right (for whom the possibility of going pro is almost as small as anyone else’s….) … we don’t really care about the scrubeenies with the American Legion fastballs, not worried about protecting them, those guys will actually get to pitch more….
I just think there are some odd implications if you think about it.