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Get Players Scouted
(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.
Warm up properly.
Always take practice serious.
Throw with authority
Run out all hits.
Send schedules to scouts and college coaches:
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
Scouts can read
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