by Bob Howdeshell
High School Baseball Web
Probably the question that I am most often asked
Typically the question comes to me from a player or a parent and it
starts this way; "I play at a very small high school in rural
no man's land" -- or "My son plays on a high school baseball team
that is not very good, they have only won 5 games (total) the last
The next sentence almost always is the following question; "How do I
get my son noticed by professional scouts and college coaches?"
For the purpose of this article let's separate the professional from
If a player is in a small rural town or he plays in a traditionally weak
weak high school baseball program how does he get noticed by
Pro scouts have one job only ... to find and evaluate potentially
draftable college and high school baseball talent. They do not
coach a college team. This gives them more time to travel and
see potential draft selections.
Pro scouts read local newspapers -- they pay attention to kids that
are getting lots of publicity. Many times the notoriety is the result
of a player being a big fish in a small pond, but occasionally he
is a legitimate prospect. Players in small towns usually have an
advantage over players in big cities with regards to newspaper
coverage. Typically a small town paper will do a good job of covering
prep sports. In the larger towns and cities a high school baseball
player is lucky if his name gets listed in a brief box score of the
"small print" area of the sports page.
Pro scouts talk to one another and to area college and high school
coaches, good scouts develop a network of contacts and resources.
They know where the potential professional players are. Of course
there is the occasion where a player falls through the cracks, but
with regards to the professional prospect it does not happen often.
It is important to understand that a high school player that is a
true professional prospect clearly stands out from other "good"
high school players. These players usually have no less than 2 of
the 5 tools that professional teams desire. (run well, throw well,
field their position well, hit and hit with power)
Once you see a true "big time" professional prospect (in high school)
you understand the differences between them and an "good" player.
Getting Noticed by Professional Scouts
Here are several things that you can do:
- Send letters and information to the professional teams. These
are then in turn sent to the area scout that covers your location.
Mailing addresses for each of the Major League teams can be found