Summer Leagues tidbits

We are now officially in the college baseball backstretch, which means summer ball is about a month away. Now is when summer teams start getting reports of injuries, grades, girlfriends, excessive innings, etc., so roster spaces on summer teams start to open a bit from here until the end of May...most summer teams lose 4-5 players every year during this stretch. 

 

Interesting item: MLB is really pushing the summer leagues to hold "All Star Tournaments", where the all star teams from several leagues go to a central location for 2-3 days and play round robin games. It lets the scouts, and Lord knows everything in summer ball just has to be pleasing to the MLB and its scouts, see a lot of talent in a short time at one place.  Don't even ask what this does to a summer team's schedule, the guys not on the all star teams, etc., and it creates a lot of questions/problems...but it is happening this summer so we'll find out soon enough.   

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MLB and the leagues are still working on sites and details; I don't think they are ready to announce locations yet. My impression is that the Valley League team will be at a site  with perhaps as many as 4-5 other leagues, probably in North Carolina. Mid-July is the general time-frame.

hokieone posted:

Expenses- MLB gave our league more money this year, which we said we'd use to cover the expenses-the first increase in MLB's payment in many many years. Not sure about other leagues. There will be 5 leagues playing at our same site.

There go the MiLB raises for 2017

This maybe a good place to see a lot of talent but MLB may miss out on a lot of talent as well.  What happens to the kid who hits the ball hard every time but can 't seem to find a gap or hits directly at someone for a period at the beginning of the season?  What happens to the top defensive skilled catcher who may not have the offensive numbers that summer to make the team?  What happens to the pitcher who has a losing record with decent Ratio and Ks that doesn't make the team?

You get my point.  Hopefully this doesn't  lessen the amount of travel a scout does to see talent that may not play in the All Stare round robin.

JABMK posted:

This maybe a good place to see a lot of talent but MLB may miss out on a lot of talent as well.  What happens to the kid who hits the ball hard every time but can 't seem to find a gap or hits directly at someone for a period at the beginning of the season?  What happens to the top defensive skilled catcher who may not have the offensive numbers that summer to make the team?  What happens to the pitcher who has a losing record with decent Ratio and Ks that doesn't make the team?

You get my point.  Hopefully this doesn't  lessen the amount of travel a scout does to see talent that may not play in the All Stare round robin.

.....Or, in Keewartson's case, his college team makes it to regionals and therefore doesn't get to his summer team until 2 weeks in to the schedule.  When all-stars are selected the first part of July, he doesn't have the minimum ABs to qualify (nor did the LHP throwing 96).   The owner came up to us and basically apologized in a round-a-bout way.  Sometimes you will miss a few.....

More details on  the "2017 Southeast Collegiate Showcase".    Games will be July 15 and 16 at White Sox MiLB park in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Leagues playing will be Valley, Florida, Southern, Sunbelt, and Ripken. Saturday games at 1, 4, 7, Sunday games at 10, 1,4. Valley and Sunbelt play 3 games, other 3 play 2.    Regarding selection, the Valley League intends to try to select the best team possible, not worrying about whether all teams are represented, etc.  We'll sort out next month what we do with the rest of our league for those days...THAT should be a lot of fun. 

 

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