Truthfully, I think you are going to have bigger challenges than your first name in trying to play college or professional baseball. It's not easy for the people already living in the US. Their isn't exactly a pipeline of talent coming from Sweden at an older age of 20 years old seeking to play college or professional baseball. There are talented kids drafted out of US and international high schools, Dominican & South American baseball camps and then you have the current college juniors...
Million Dollar Arm is a film is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who were discovered by sports agent J.B. Bernstein . What name are thinking about changing it to? Joe Girardi -- Jose perez ?? Make your skills work for you and they will all want to know your name... Good Luck!
Hehe you´re right . I guess i was just afraid for no reason. I´m going to a juco in california after summer semester will i be like the only guy that is 20 years old or will there be any other players also in my age?
Originally Posted by lionbaseball: Considering we have a president with the first name, Obama, I don't think so. When you come over, make a point of stopping by the White House to meet our President, Obama Barack! If you have the tools and work ethic, professional baseball scouts and their front offices won't care what your name is. Best of luck to you! Keep us posted on your progress!
Actual full name... Barack Hussein Obama II - President of the United States Best of luck to you " ShortStopMonkey " Your name won't get in your way when it comes to baseball. But there are idiots everywhere in this world . I actually think you could avoid a few potential unneeded problems by using the name Mo or something else . Though I can't help but think of the Three Stooges when I hear the name Mo. Then again I loved the Three Stooges.
Baseball U considered one of the top travel programs in the country will be holding 2017 tryouts for High School as well as Middle School age teams on Sunday, November 6th. Baseball U who is celebrating their 10th Anniversary has now helped over 480 players move on to college as well as had 87 players selected in the MLB Draft. The organization has had 8 1st Round draft picks and this year had two 1st round alumni taken in the draft. Each year the organization grows in size covering 4 states...
im gonna be 20 soon and starting college this fall at St Thomas Aquinas College D2. i lived in the Dominican Republic and practiced for 2 and a half years. hence the reason I'm beginning college ball this fall. I'm a lefty pitcher 6'4 220lbs and can hit 87-88 consistently nasty change at about 80 mph and a good curveball at about 76mph. do you guys think i have a legitimate chance of getting drafted as long as i throw 90-91 by the time I'm 22 ???
thats a good point. but the thing is i wasn't really highly recruited out of high school. i improved drastically in Dominican republic.. I'm also considering attending a D1 and walking on but I'm not really sure what to do. i just need to go somewhere where i can play. you see?
What has the coach at St. Thomas Aquanis told you specifically about your opportunity there? Did he give you a portion of an athletic scholarship? Are you talking about the D2 ST Thomas Aquanis in New Hampshire? If so, why did you choose to play baseball at a cold weather school?
No. St Thomas Aquinas College in NY. I actually have a cousin that plays professional baseball Pedro Beato. He knows the coach there so he recommended me to go there. It's a place that will guarantee me playing time. It's close to where I live also
Keep improving your velocity and try to be one of the top pitchers in your league. Get help in getting the word out to scouts. If you have pro-stuff, they will definitely take a look at you - especially a lefty with good stuff. Important thing is that you improve because an 18 year old freshman lefty with the same stuff will be looked at much closer in terms of projectability than a freshman going on 21. Good luck - you never know how much further your hard work will take you.
Yea. The fact that he's played in the majors I think will help when it comes to getting some looks. He knows a lot of people. But I'm going to continue to work hard to try to throw 92 asap. Anyways thank you for your time
If you attend a Div 1 or 2 program, you can be drafted at 21 depending on your birthdate. So you do not have to put in 3 years. We have never seen you pitch so we cant give opinions on the draft, but you do sound like you have the skills. Best of luck.
Yeah. I worked very hard in the Dominican Republic. I went there throwing 76 and came back theowing 87-88. And I'm going to continue to work hard. Also would I have to get drafted when I'm 21 and can i also get drafted as a 22 year old ?
Find someone who has had TJ surgery, ask for their rehab program, and work that into your pitching workouts (if you are not doing this already). Protect that arm. Oh, and get good grades and graduate, just in case.
90-91 is a good target for college. If you want to go pro you have to aim higher. Remember you're not going to be twenty-one in three years. You're going to need to be further along if you want to be a prospect.
I understand. But I'm a lefty. I don't necessarily have to throw as hard as righties. I did some research and saw a lot of lefties touching 90 and good change up and curve and are projected to be drafted in the 4th and 5th rounds. So I definitely want to aim a little higher as far as velocity is concerned but honestly I feel I do have a chance to go pro. As long as I work hard and believe in myself no one can stop me
If you really want to get drafted you should be going to a JUCO because as RJM said you will be 23 in 3 years and your projection might be on a downhill curve at that time and where you think you should be drafted more than likely may not happen. Also, while you say it doesn't matter playing D2 vs D1 that is an untruth. While you are at 87-88, no one can predict that you would be even at 90. You have to remember that the body slows down, and much is about your genes and training and...
Josten Beato. Based on your own description, you definitely have a good chance. 6'4 lefty with MLB average fastball and two other quality pitches will get you drafted or signed. Work on mastering all your pitches. Lefties with one plus MLB out pitch that they can command often have long careers. Try to get into a summer college league. Best of luck
No actually the round doesn't matter to me. Getting drafts is a dream of mine whether it's the 1st or the 40th. And I am considering JuCo but I also want to major in Computer Sciences just in case I don't make it in baseball. But I will consider a JuCo. Thanks for the advice
Your coach is going to place you in the appropriate league if he thinks you have the talent he will get you placed there. Top D3 programs have scouts at their games and following their top players and many have a scout day. Getting noticed is not typically not the problem if the talent is there.
BOF is correct, I know a kid friend of the family who committed to a power 5 school. For a few reasons he ended up staying local and throwing D3 ball. He had many scouts looking at him closely this summer and will have many more this spring.
Much depends on which DIII college you are at. Some are followed closely by the scouting community, many are not followed at all. There is a very big difference between the highest level and lower levels of DIII. I would think that most coaches would know when they have a player with professional ability. They should also know some area scouts that they can notify and someone in a summer leagues. Also, be proactive if you truly believe you're a prospect. There are Tryouts you can attend.
A coach at a quality D3 is going to know pro scouts. He's probably had scouts interested in his players in the past. If a player isn't getting interest and his coach isn't good enough to help he should attend a MLB tryout. If he has anything he will be noticed. A D3 pitcher is more likely to draw interest than a D3 hitter. 90+ is 90+ regardless of the competition. I know a kid who entered college 5'11" throwing 84. He left drafted, 6'2" throwing 93. The question regarding D3 hitters is the...
The coach of my son's D3 says that he expects that up to three of his players should draw some interest in the draft this year. From what we can gather the coaches are well connected and well respected, at least for a D3. They seem to get what might be called a small trickle of guys drafted from time to time. I think I read on their website that it was 24 in the past I can't remember how many years. So it definitely can happen. Of those 24 draft picks, though, I think most were in very late...
Thanks for the input everyone! Looks like I'll have to attend a tryout this summer since my school isn't a power house D3 program. We do play a lot of power house schools (two schools from our conference went to the world series last year and one of their coaches made it to the majors) though so I may get lucky if a scout is watching someone on another team. I am a pitcher by the way and I know we have a better chance at being scouted. Thanks again!
With that velo, you should press your coach to find you a spot - Northwoods would be perfect for you. If he does not have the contacts, press him to speak to an area scout who has the right contacts. If that doesn't work, at the beginning of the Northwoods season, teams are always looking for temp players to fill in until the rostered players arrive. Do well during that temp contract and the team will either have a spot or call other teams on your behalf. Also, as the Northwoods season...
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