This question is about another player on my son's team and his chances of getting drafted.
As a junior, the kid (who is a catcher in high school) was hurt for half of the year, which also caused him to miss most of the summer (did not attend Area Code games or other notable showcases). As a senior, he has put together an outstanding season, great numbers, leading the league in HR's and SB's, getting all sorts of awards. He has been committed to a mid to low level D1 since August as an OF.
He is a good player, runs about a 6.8 60 yard dash, has a strong arm, and is by all accounts from people that would know, a draftable player out of high school. Other players in the league draw scouts to games, but none of the scouts seem to know this kid's name.
I've got two questions. Number 1: Is the adage "if you're good, they will find you" true anymore? If you don't go to showcases, will they find you? He has better stats (yes, high school stats are useless I know) than guys in the area projected in the top 100 picks and is about as athletic, but didn't put himself out there like they did.
And number 2: Is it possible for someone like that to get drafted just off word of mouth? If a scout never really talks to him, could he still get drafted? Isn't it hard for the local scouts to not notice if one guy gets league MVP over 2 or 3 guys that are going to get drafted?
I'm wondering because I know the kid well, and my son might go through similar experiences next year so any info is appreciated. Thanks.