How to get drafted
Separating myth from truth about how baseball players get drafted.
Lately I have been looking around at different websites and a surprising question that has come up multiple times is “how do I get drafted.”
With this question being thrown around on the web by inquisitive college and high school players, I have seen many interesting answers that are not helpful to anyone that wants to play professional baseball. It also looks like the people that are answering this question don’t know anything about the workings of a baseball organization. I am not saying that I know everything about baseball, but I’ve played professionally for 10 years now so I’ve learned a thing or two about getting drafted.
Myth #1 – Who you know. Just because you know a player in an organization he is not going to help you get drafted. Knowing the right scout, coach, or high front office person might be helpful, but even this won’t guarantee anything.
Myth #2 – Social Media. Being a social media monster isn’t going to help either. Putting your videos on You Tube is just a waste of time. When you jump from high school or college to professional baseball you are getting into the business of baseball. Just like any other business out there, they want to be competitive and get the best employees out there. Professional scouts are not looking online at facebook and You Tube to find their next 5th round outfielder.
Truth #1 – Play well. Sorry to state the obvious, but there it is… The very best way to get noticed is to play well.
Truth #2 – Play often. Playing on multiple teams will not only let you hone your skill through practice (Baseball is a skill specific sport where you need to work on your craft), but it gives you additional opportunities to be seen by scouts. Play in as many games as possible. Play your high school or college season and play in a wood bat summer league. These summer leagues are all over the country. It can be good to play in different parts of the country so different scouts can see you play the game.
Truth #3 – Play with the best. Playing with players who are better than you will not only help to make you a better player, but it can actually help you get noticed. Maybe you are like me where scouts were not lining up to see me play, but I had some studs on my team and we played against some really high profile players that scouts were wanting to see. Being on the same field gave me a chance to play for these scouts. They weren’t there for me, but if I played well enough they might notice me. It only takes one scout and one team to believe in you, it doesn’t take any more.
The bottom line. Don’t over complicate the whole process. If you play well enough the scouts will find you. But also give them a chance to find you by playing as much as possible.
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