Taking a summer off from throwing baseballs apparently agreed with Kyle Lang’s achy right shoulder.
The 6-foot-4 McHenry County College pitcher underwent physical therapy and lifted weights to help the joint. Lang feels back to normal, if not better. Through the therapy and workouts, he even added a bit more velocity.
Lang, who was 7-0 as a freshman with the Scots, now is hitting the high 80s on speed guns. He also accepted a scholarship offer from Eastern Illinois University over the weekend. He will pitch his final two college years with the Panthers after his sophomore season at MCC.
“I really liked the campus and the coaching staff,” said Lang, who helped Crystal Lake South to the Class 4A state title as a senior in 2018. “They’re really nice people and they seem like they can develop athletes to get to the next level.”
MCC coach Jared Wacker sent pitchers Tyler Jones (Jacobs) and Jason DeCicco (South) to Eastern ahead of Lang and has built a solid relationship with Panthers coach Jason Anderson.
“It’s a great fit for Kyle,” Wacker said. “It’s a really good situation. He got a really, really good offer from them. He expressed interest in finding an opportunity at a state school. Eastern made sense and fit right into what he was looking for. We’ve had a good relationship and our guys have had some success down there.”
Lang had a 2.90 ERA and struck out 55, while walking 14, in 55 innings for the Scots; however, he experienced shoulder pain late in the season. An orthopedic surgeon diagnosed Lang as having a “weak rotator cuff” so he took the summer off for therapy and lifting.
“He threw 83-85 last year. This fall he’s been 87-89 at all of our showcase stuff,” Wacker said. “He’s 6-4, he’s always been a kid who gets downhill. He gets a lot of ground balls, throws a lot of strikes. He can throw three pitches for strikes in any count.”