"All the organizations I was with, they allowed him to take batting practice, be on the field," Steve said of Seth's visits. "I know there was one year I was with the Phillies, my hitting coach had a boy pretty much the same age and I think they hit for seven of the nine innings. I didn't know where he was and he probably had 400 swings during the course of the game."
Those opportunities in the clubhouse led to relationships with players, some of whom have advanced to promising MLB careers like Worley and Jones.
Seth said he became particularly close with Worley, who now starts for the Twins.
"Me and (Worley) always talked all the time," Seth said, "and he promised me he would get me a customized glove before I left and he did. After that, I use it whenever I pitch, and it means a lot to me."
More than technique, Seth said the most important aspect he learned from his dad and the players was work ethic.
"I wouldn't really necessarily say it's that many inside tips, it's just what you know about the game," he said. "It's how hard you want to play this game. It's all about repetition and it's all about practice. If you don't really want to play this game and you don't work hard at it, you may not get far with it."
Cougars Coach Robert Massey said Seth's knowledge and appreciation for the game is evident whether he's catching behind the plate or pitching on the mound.
"Seth is a student of the game," he said. "We could probably let him call pitches, but that's just more that he has to handle, so we go ahead and call the pitches. Steve does a great job with him. He's kept him on ground, kept him very focused on not just baseball, but even grades and life in general, so yeah, he's done a great job with him."
It's the big picture lessons, more than baseball, Steve said he hopes to teach his son.
"It's a great experience and I just want him to have fun playing the game and whatever he wants to do, he can do it," Steve said. "I just hope he gets an opportunity to play at the college level. That's what I'm hoping. He has the desire, so that's part of it. If you have the desire, sometimes things will come true."
As long as the desire's there, the opportunities to grow and seek advice from resources like his dad will never be too far away.