"This is the most amazing thing I've been part of," says Tom House, University of Southern California pitching coach and former major league pitcher, who has spent the last six months training the duo. "This is like medical science. It's turning raw athletes into pitchers. You wouldn't believe how far they've come. "The first time they saw a baseball game, watching USC play Washington State, Patel was confused. "What did the shortstop do wrong?" he asked. House: "Why do you say that?" Patel: "He's the only one in the infield without a base."
"When I first saw these guys, I thought they had maybe a 40% chance to pitch professional baseball," Poitevint says. "Now, after seeing them, I think they've got an 85% chance to be in the big leagues. I can't believe the difference."