Suggestions for Players and Coaches
by: Tom "T Bone" Baker
Here are some tips and insight into how to help your player "get
scouted" by the professional baseball scouts. Our source is Pittsburgh
Pirates scout Tom "TBone" Baker. You may also want to check out the
related links too.
Play summer ball at the highest level possible:
The better the competition the better you become.
Attend tryout camps and showcases beginning with:
- The summer between your Sophomore and Junior years.
- Attend as many as possible (only one team has to like you).
- Watch the papers for announcements.
At the camp:
- Stretch and thoroughly loosen-up.
- Give it your best but stay within yourself.
- Don't hurt yourself for one day.
- Don't wait for tomorrow to get in shape.
Typical camp schedule of events:
- 60 yard sprint in pairs.
- Run through the line.
- Catchers throw to second.
- Pitchers throw in bullpen as
- Outfielders throw to third and home
- Infielders field grounders and throw to first.
- Selected players bat.
Send schedules to scouts and college coaches:
- Warm up properly.
- Always take practice serious.
- Throw with authority
- Run out all hits.
- Date & time - opponent - location
- Directions to home field
- Phone number to confirm.
Send rosters to scouts and colleges:
- bats - throws
- height - weight
- birthdate - graduation year
Schedule better teams:
- It's better to evaluate a good hitter against a good pitcher.
- It's better to evaluate a good pitcher against a good hitter
Play on weekends:
- Part-time scouts usually have a real weekday job
Play in tournaments:
- Several teams in one location attract more scouts
Play in larger towns:
- Better chance of being seen
Report results to media:
Send data to scouts and coaches:
- Mass email lists will save time
- Email can also cut down on late night calls
Communicate with school's main office:
- Make sure they know your game information
- Even who's pitching and whose on the DL
College coaches should host a scout day for your team:
- It's like a tryout camp plus an intersquad game
Host an off-season showcase for high school players:
- Scouts and college coaches can both attend
- It's great added exposure for area players
A team or player web site is a great help:
It should include a schedule
What do scouts look for?
- foot speed
- arm strength
- hitting ability
- General manager
- Scouting director
- Special assignment / advance scout
- National crosscheckers (2 to 4 for each team)
- Supervising scout (covers 3 to 4 states)
- Associate scout
Tom Baker is a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Check out his great website