Thursday, October 31, 2013
Stratford High School junior Jamison Mobbs passes the eye test and the lanky right-hander has a coachable personality.
That’s an ideal combination of qualities for wanting to move forward in the game of baseball.
“He’s got tons of potential,” SHS baseball coach John Chalus said of the recent Clemson commitment. “He’s only going to get stronger … if he continues to work hard in the weight room, I can see (pro scouts) coming around.”
Mobbs (6-4, 175) committed to the Tigers as a pitcher last week. The rural setting felt like home.
“I like to fish and hunt,” he said. “I was in love with it even before I got to the main campus … I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Mobbs has been a member of the Stratford varsity baseball team since the eighth grade and is 8-8 on the mound in 16 career decisions. He also plays first and third base and is swift enough to play an outfield spot.
Those past experiences on the bump combined with the work he’s put in since last spring has pushed Mobbs into the upper echelon of state baseball hurlers. All that might have been lacking was some confidence, but that changed when he came under the wing of former Lowcountry star Steven Jackson.
This past summer, Mobbs played travel ball with a club called the Carolina Prospects and began training with Jackson, a former major leaguer and Charleston Baseball Hall of Famer. Jackson is also a former Clemson pitcher.
“He’s mostly helped me with the mental approach,” Mobbs said. “It’s such a mental game and he’s helped me be a starter mentally. After one bullpen session, he told me he thought I could pitch at the major league level.”
Those words galvanized Mobbs.
Mobbs built his top velocity up to 89 miles per hour and works a change and curve in there in the mid 70’s. He wants to ramp it up into the 90s some this spring and to continue refining his mechanics.
The Knights figure to be legit contenders for the Region 7-AAAA crown because all of their young players are maturing, including Mobbs. Last season, Stratford missed the playoffs and Mobbs was 2-3 with a 3.71 earned-run average.
Mobbs understands there’s a bull’s eye on him now that he’s a Clemson commitment and expectations will be high. The key is to relax and take it one pitch at a time.
“I’m not going to let that get in my head,” he said. “I’m just ready to go out there and do what I can to help Stratford win. If you think too much, you’re not going to be at your best. I know I’m still working on things.”
“We just want him to go out there and play baseball and have fun,” Chalus said.
Mobbs said he couldn’t do it without the support of his family.
“My mom is the one there every day pushing me whether it’s sports or school,” he said. “If it wasn’t for her I’d be lost. My dad is like my best friend. He’s always there guiding me and pushing me, not to just become a better player but a better man.
“My sister is my biggest supporter and is there for me 100 percent through everything.”
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