It’s no secret that senior Caleb Guisewite is the ace among several talented pitchers on the White House Heritage baseball roster.
That much was clear after his breakout sophomore season in 2019, when he went 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 41.2 innings of work.
Since then, Guisewite has reached a new level of dominance.
He improved his mechanics, became more comfortable on the mound and added strength over the last year, all of which helped him hit a career-high 90 mph on the radar gun during a relief outing in a recent summer tournament.
“I kind of found myself with my higher velocity,” he said. “I’ve always had a good off-speed (pitch) and I’ve always been able to locate well, so once I got that higher velocity, it all came into place.”
Although Guisewite made just one appearance for the Patriots in their coronavirus-shortened season this spring, he went on to have a banner summer with 5 Star Midsouth on the travel circuit. The Belmont commit kept his ERA to 0.65 and went 5-1 while striking out 55 batters and walking just 11 in 32.1 innings.
“Caleb had to learn how to be a pitcher before he could be the guy that’s overpowering (batters) with a 90-mph fastball,” 5 Star Midsouth coach Matt Cohick said. “He had to learn how to command all these different pitches and be able to throw them for strikes before he had that really high velocity. The scary thing is he hasn’t even hit a college weight room yet.”
Days after throwing 90 mph for the first time, Guisewite delivered perhaps his best outing of the summer. He tossed a complete-game shutout and struck out 14 to lead 5 Star Midsouth over U.S. Elite in the final pool play game of the PBR 17U National Championship on July 19 in Emerson, Georgia.
“Every time that he took the ball in his hands, we always felt like we were going to win that game,” Cohick said. “It’s a comfort thing for his coaches and teammates. There’s a different energy when you’ve got a guy like Caleb on the mound. He was lights out.”
Cohick and White House Heritage assistant Joel Goff have helped Guisewite raise his velocity while keeping his control. White House Heritage head coach Chris Logsdon said Guisewite is in the refinement stage now that he has the fundamentals of pitching down.
“(Caleb) is no longer surprising himself,” Logsdon said. “He has an idea of what he can do and what his parameters are. He has come a long way, and I’m excited for him. He’s not just a thrower, he’s a pitcher.”
Guisewite picked Belmont over Lee, Middle Tennessee and others last November. He said he was intrigued by the school’s data science program and its baseball staff, led by head coach Dave Jarvis and pitching coach Caleb Longshore. Belmont has won nearly 650 games and advanced to two NCAA tournaments since Jarvis took over in 1998.
“I think the sky is still the limit for what (Caleb) can do,” Logsdon said. “He’s going to succeed like crazy (at Belmont), and it’s going to be a great fit for him academically. I think they got themselves a gem.”
Guisewite still has one season left at White House Heritage before he joins the Bruins in the fall of 2021. He hopes to continue to improve in college and – if all goes right – eventually have a shot to be selected in the MLB Draft.
“I’m still developing as a kid and adding strength,” Guisewite said. “Once I get in college, if I can continue to grow and develop, I believe I can be a pretty dominant pitcher.”