Incoming Barrington junior Wyatt Trautwein has a team of in-house pitching coaches.
His dad, David, pitched for six years in the New York Mets’ system, and now runs Professional Baseball Instruction of Illinois out of his Lake Barrington indoor facility.
Trautwein’s grandfather, Jack, played in the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox organizations in the 1950s. His uncle, John, was called up to the major leagues by Boston in 1988 and ’89.
“It’s not pressure, it’s more of a help to me,” Wyatt said of his family’ baseball success. “I’m able to get so much different advice from each one.”
The in-house pitching advice appears to be paying off. Trautwein was recently named to Prep Baseball Report’s list of the top 75 prospects in Illinois for class of 2014.
He takes after his dad most, starting with his mechanics — arm slot, high leg kick and long stride. The Trautweins also stress staying poised on the mound.
“I definitely see some of me in him,” David Trautwein said. “I think he is better than I was at this age. It’s very similar the way the ball comes out of his hand.”
From the right side, Wyatt throws a four-seam and two-seam fastball, slider, curve and change-up. He is a power pitcher who consistently hits 85 mph on the gun.
As a sophomore, Trautwein gained varsity level experience in three starts this spring. He went 2-1 and also had two starts this summer with the Barrington American Legion club.
During the offseason, he’s focused on getting stronger, improving his velocity and pinpointing his location.
“Pitching is the only place where I feel comfortable,” said Wyatt, a true Trautwein. “I love focusing out there. I love the game.
“I hope to make it as far as my dad, uncle and grandpa, but if I don’t that’s just what happens,” he said. “I would love to play as long as I can. It would be the greatest experience of my life.”
The Trautwein family certainly knows exactly what it takes.
“He’s only 16 and he’s showing these great signs,” David Trautwein said. “He has a chance if he keeps his head straight, studies and continues to work hard.”
But first, Trautwein is focused on the Broncos.
“I’m pumped for my junior year,” said Trautwein who is looking to solidify a full-time roll on the Broncos pitching staff. “I feel like I can pitch well and help out the team.”