I’m a High school senior graduating this year. 

Was convinced to play baseball by some friends of mine. 

Hadnt played since middle school, but had a very good year, hitting .410 with 9 home runs in 61 at bats.

my coach, who has coached a lot of great players over the years said he was amazed as to why I didn’t play baseball until this year and that I could have gone to play in college if I had played.

my odd ball situation starts here.

i didn’t get into the college I wanted to, so I am looking to transfer anyway. But with this advice, I was considering trying my hand at baseball in college too. I know about perfect game showcases, but understand those are for high schoolers. Is there a way to contact the coach at the school I wish to transfer to and do a workout with them? Or is there a showcase for college players? 

 

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CTbballDad posted:

Yes...you were on no ones radar.  I would call coaches and let them know about you. Even have your HS coach help out. It's not too late.

Thanks for responding.

My first year of college I’m not going to be playing, only doing weight training just because I don’t particularly like the school I’m going to be at. I don’t know how my high school coach could help a lot since I am already going to a specific college, albeit for one year.

Have you thought about attending a Juco?  That could help you with both baseball and academics, and probably save your family some money.  If you're serious at all about baseball taking a year off now is a truly bad idea.

If you talk to the coach, and he likes you, he can get you enrolled this year.  You have nothing to lose.  Or maybe you can try to walk on to the school you're currently enrolled at, to gain the experience.  But then you might have transfer rules issues (not sure what school, D1, etc.)

Not an apples to apples story, but here's one on a current UCONN player.  All it takes is a phone call

http://dailycampus.com/stories...o-jo-christian-field

 

The HS coach would be helpful as a reference and to validate any information you provide to the college coach.  This would be very important, considering your particular situation.  BTW, if the college coach knows you only plan on attending for one year and didn't play baseball until senior year, this will not work in your favor unless those 9 HR's in 61 AB's were on a legit field against decent competition.  Was this on a field with normal fence distances?  What was the level of competition?  What level college are you looking at?  Those numbers are pretty remarkable unless it was at a park with no fences/very short fences.

Before you make that decision, research the time commitment that college baseball requires (you can search the topic here).  Also, there are showcases for unsigned seniors.  But if you are already committed to going to the college you mention, take CTbballdad's advise.

cabbagedad posted:

The HS coach would be helpful as a reference and to validate any information you provide to the college coach.  This would be very important, considering your particular situation.  BTW, if the college coach knows you only plan on attending for one year and didn't play baseball until senior year, this will not work in your favor unless those 9 HR's in 61 AB's were on a legit field against decent competition.  Was this on a field with normal fence distances?  What was the level of competition?  What level college are you looking at?  Those numbers are pretty remarkable unless it was at a park with no fences/very short fences.

Before you make that decision, research the time commitment that college baseball requires (you can search the topic here).  Also, there are showcases for unsigned seniors.  But if you are already committed to going to the college you mention, take CTbballdad's advise.

Yes. Normal fences. 320 to corners 365 to power alleys and 385-400 to center. They were all out the park 

it was high school varsity baseball, in a decent area. Definitely some talent there. 

I know 9hrs sounds unlikely, but I’m no small guy (6’2 215) so I can generate some bat speed and force.

both the school I’m attending and one I want to transfer to are D1

You seem to be assuming that you have no choice but to attend this school in the fall. Have you paid anything other than a deposit? If that's all, consider walking away from the deposit and attending a juco. Many juco teams play an extensive fall schedule and more games in the spring than NCAA. That would help you make up for the time you've lost.

Cool!  Yeah, if you are up to the time commitment, doesn't hurt to give it a shot!  Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Some other challenges to be aware of... if you sit a year, you fall further behind other college players and the value of your recent success diminishes a bit.  If you play and then transfer, there are sit rules that may come into play.  

MidAtlanticDad posted:

You seem to be assuming that you have no choice but to attend this school in the fall. Have you paid anything other than a deposit? If that's all, consider walking away from the deposit and attending a juco. Many juco teams play an extensive fall schedule and more games in the spring than NCAA. That would help you make up for the time you've lost.

Parents won’t allow a juco. Not an option unfortunately 

Bullseye posted:
Parents won’t allow a juco. Not an option unfortunately 

If you really want to play college baseball, I'd at least try to persuade them. Many jucos don't mind if you go one year then transfer to a 4-year. That might make it more appealing to your parents.

If that's definitely out, what's stopping you from going the 2nd school this fall? Are you sure that school has cut off admissions?

If you do end up on campus at school 1, you can attend their open tryout (almost no one ever makes the team that way), but also find out if they have a club team. Some club teams play a fall and spring schedule.

I'm not sure you need a showcase (not a good time of year for that), but you do need someone who can help you assess the level of college that you should be shooting for. I'd really recommend a college coach for that. Could be juco or any other level. Jucos can even give you a private workout on campus. TBH, your school 2 D1 might be a pipe dream. You're starting this process years behind most college baseball players. A D3 might be a better fit.

Also, you should try to play this summer. There may be a collegiate league in your area that will take you on, or at least a decent men's league. Feel free to PM me your location if you need help finding one.

Bullseye posted:

I’m a High school senior graduating this year. 

Was convinced to play baseball by some friends of mine. 

Hadnt played since middle school, but had a very good year, hitting .410 with 9 home runs in 61 at bats.

my coach, who has coached a lot of great players over the years said he was amazed as to why I didn’t play baseball until this year and that I could have gone to play in college if I had played.

my odd ball situation starts here.

i didn’t get into the college I wanted to, so I am looking to transfer anyway. But with this advice, I was considering trying my hand at baseball in college too. I know about perfect game showcases, but understand those are for high schoolers. Is there a way to contact the coach at the school I wish to transfer to and do a workout with them? Or is there a showcase for college players? 

 

What part of the country are you in? There are unsigned senior showcases that you may consider attending (I know PBR has them here in Arizona in May). 

Thanks for the responding guys. A few points of clarification.

While I understand your talking about finding the right fit, this D1 school I want to go to was and still is my dream school, with or without baseball. So I wouldn’t be going to a D3 or another school even if I was for baseball. 

I actually did decently well academically, just didn’t get in to the school. Again, Juco isn’t a option with my parents.

more asking about ways to be seen by my hopefully future school and coach.

RJM posted:

I can understand your parents being cool to a year at a JuCo. But it doesn’t matter where you start college. It’s where you graduate that counts. 

Yeah RJM. 

My parents both went to "elite" colleges, so they are hostile to the idea based on what they think about Juco's. Not saying their thoughts about Jucos are correct, but as long as they pay the tution, they make the rules.

Basically I have the same view as your parents. But if you’re going to look at transferring for baseball why not start at a JuCo is my view. Is your parents perspective you will be staying where you start and forget about baseball? If it’s a very good college the education is more important than baseball. You can find a summer adult league to play baseball. Does the college have a club program?

Did your parents go to grad school? Do you plan to? Educationally you also have to look at the big picture. Something you will hear on this site is unless you’re a pro prospect (unlikely you are) it’s about a forty year plan not a four year plan.

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