Son played with a team at the Dbacks/Rockies facility in Scottsdale this weekend. Beautiful facility...mlb players have it made!:-) my son is a 2020 facing top 2018-2020s. Pitching he faced was solid. Mist in mid 80s a few in low 90s. Teams were really solid...all wood bat...scouts all over the place with their radar guns etc. Was baseball heaven and my boy loved it. Anyone else go? Or gone before? Thoughts?? Was great as a measuring stick for him as he sees where he needs to be in the next few years. Several of the 2018s and 2019s on our squad have signed D1 and juco...was proud of my son...hung with the older guys and showed he belonged. Also saw how far he needs to go. Humbling to be amongst other talent like that!
Had a friend whose 2019 son went, shared the same thoughts as you.
My 2016 played in it in the fall of his junior and senior years. Great event and first class operation by the Rockies--I think their scout team even uses the big-league clubhouse at Salt River Fields on the last day!
I'm partial to the event because it was where the school my son committed to saw him for a third time, then made their offer the next day, but I think it provides all of the players there an extra bite at the apple--like the OP said, there are plenty of schools that attend, and many of the teams that play in it return about a month later for the Senior Fall Classic, so schools can see them again.
It was also the site of one of the most infuriating, but ultimately funny recruiting stories I've ever seen. Son's teammate was scheduled to be the third pitcher in one of the games and had reached out beforehand to a Big 12 school he was interested in. The pitching coach said he'd be there to watch. He showed up at the game, said hi to the dad and was watching...the inning before the kid was scheduled to come in, the coach got up and told another coach he was hungry and was going to Subway for a sandwich! The poor dad didn't know whether to cry or blow up at the coach, but he clearly wasn't happy. All he could say was this was his son's only chance to pitch for the school he wanted to go to and it was being ruined by hunger pangs!
Somehow the coach got back in time to see at least one inning--and indeed saw him again in the Fall Classic and eventually they made an offer. And he's playing there now!
That is a great story. I heard the same thing about Rockies scout team using the clubhouse. They had a very talented team