Just a few days ago I was sitting in the dugout at a very well run showcase event. The weather was great, hot and dry and a turf field - simply perfect. There were lots of eager ball players hoping to show off their 5 tools to some very important coaches and evaluators. Unfortunately, most player's tool box were not full. Don't get me wrong' there was a lot of talented kids out there, some with real nice projectibility, but projecting a High School player for the college level is a tough thing to do, even for the most experienced observers. While sitting there among the 20 or so coaches and scouts' a prevailing theme came from the conversations: "Most of these kids are wasting their money, they should be spending it on speed and fitness training". The coaches observed most kids running a 7.2 / 60 or worse. There were plenty of strong arms but no carry on the ball. Their mechanics were iffy at best and kids were actually winded after fielding 8-10 balls. All these things are red flags to a college coach. It all but eliminates a lot of kids from playing D1 baseball. Maybe it's time to get real and start getting your name out to the D3 coaches. You know those schools that focus on academics first. The schools were most of these kids I observed can be part of a college roster. The only fly in the ointment is that you need to be a solid academic student. Why? Because on the field you are right in the mix. Your competition to beat out that other SS or outfielder postion is in the classroom. Of course, that holds true for all college divisions, especially with all the new NCAA academic rules and tight scholarship money. You better be able to help those D1, D2 and NAIA coaches with their decisions by getting a ton of academic money. Those days of "if he can play we will pay" are pretty much over. So, buckle down and get your grades up - it's actually easier than breaking the 6.9 / 60 barrier. Target the right schools. Always reach out to the dream school but reality will hit you over the head a few times until you get the message. Remember it's all about the "game" and if you love the "game" the "game" will love you back.
Yours in Baseball