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    This is pretty much a general question about how scouts operate. If you end up attending a DIII school do scouts look at you differently because you're not playing at a DI school?

    I know scouts watch more DI schools because they're there to keep tabs on the drafted players, but what about the DII and DIII schools?


    Thanks.

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    If you can play, then you can play. Scouts don't care where you go to school as long as you have the tools needed to be successful at the next level. Notice that I said tools. If you can throw the ball in the 90's or hit the ball a mile, you'll be seen one way or another. Scouts tend to gravitate to D1 games because the level of talent is supposedly higher. Someone putting up good numbers at a D1 college will get better looks than a player having good numbers at a D3 or NAIA school because of the perception that the D3 player does not face stiff enough competition day-in and day-out.

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    • #3
      thats very true sometimes it just comes down to your coaches and if they have conections and you have to put yourself out there to by going to baseball camps and even tryouts that teams hold for those ameuters
      Cowboys to win the Super Bowl and Texas Rangers to win The Series

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      • #4
        Some players are in D2 and D3 school because they developed late physically or talent wise. The good ones/possible prospects will get themselves in college summer leagues playing against mostly D1 players. This is where they can show scouts they can handle the challenge of a higher caliber of play.

        A 6'2" or bigger, pitcher throwing 90+ heat can be playing at any level. The scouts will see tools coaches can develop.

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        • #5
          Good thread.

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          • #6
            Scouts are busy

            The territory a scout must cover is vast. Scouts typically use a variety of tools to help screen talent, and players at the division I level have already been screened by the coaches that recruited them to play for the school. Playing for a lower division means less chance of being noticed.

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            • #7
              Questions about talent scouts

              Can you please help me with these:

              1. Do scouts still consider amateur players who are 29 years old?
              2. What are the chances of a talented foreign player who never set foot in the US be picked by scouts?
              3. Aside in Japan, do we have scouts looking for prospects in the Philippines?

              Thanks

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Thor View Post
                The territory a scout must cover is vast. Scouts typically use a variety of tools to help screen talent, and players at the division I level have already been screened by the coaches that recruited them to play for the school. Playing for a lower division means less chance of being noticed.
                You would be surprised how many umpires are sub-scouts. They call the scouts with leads. Then the scout comes for a look.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Bambino View Post
                  Can you please help me with these:

                  1. Do scouts still consider amateur players who are 29 years old?
                  2. What are the chances of a talented foreign player who never set foot in the US be picked by scouts?
                  3. Aside in Japan, do we have scouts looking for prospects in the Philippines?

                  Thanks
                  1) Probably not unless he has a 95+ fastball and can advance rapidly to the majors. A player typically spends 3-5 years in the minors. That leaves a 29+ at 32+ to 34+.
                  2) It depends if he's in a player rich area like the Carribean.
                  3) Is there quality competition there, or is a young pitcher throwing 90+?

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                  • #10
                    do u guys have any idea if there is a way of knowing whats been written about u on a scout's report?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TG Coach View Post
                      1) . A player typically spends 3-5 years in the minors.

                      TG,

                      Can you provide me with a source to back up your claim?

                      I am not challenging the veracity of your statement but I like to get a source for my own.


                      Thank you sir,

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cubano100% View Post
                        TG,

                        Can you provide me with a source to back up your claim?

                        I am not challenging the veracity of your statement but I like to get a source for my own.


                        Thank you sir,
                        I don't have a source. But let's use logic. And I'm talking about players who make it to The Show and stick, not players who try forever to get to the majors. There are five levels in the minors, Rookie A, Mid A, High A, AA and AAA. If a player comes out of high school and advances through each level one year at a time, that's five years. Some college players will be older and more advanced and may go through the minors quicker. A quality college player may start in high A. However, it's not uncommon for a college player to start at Rookie A ball just like a high school player.

                        A stud, high first round pick from our area out of high school is in his fifth year of minors ball. He's in AAA. He's played well and advanced each year. Another local kid was a seventh round pick and has struggled. I was surprised he wasn't cut after hitting below .200 for the second straight year of Rookie A and not having signed for a lot of money. He's in Rookie A for his third season. Chances are if he doesn't show enough to move up and start in mid level A next year, he'll be cut. If he ultimately makes it to the majors it will probably take him more than five years since he's in his third year at the first level.

                        Now let's take a college first round pick. D1 is equal to A ball. Carlos Quentin was a stud for Stanford and a first round pick of the D'backs. He didn't sign in time to play the summer he graduated. The next spring they put him in High A. He played well and spent the second half of the season in AA. He did well and spent the following season in AAA and did well. Now comes the hard part. Is there a place to play at the MLB level? There wasn't for him so he went back to AAA. He was called up midseason of his third minor league season and has stuck as a starter.

                        Another example is a friend of mine who signed out of high school and gave up after not being called up by the time he was twenty-seven. He was a late round draft choice. Statistically he succeeded at every level he pitched. After two years in AA and four years in AAA and being passed up for high priced bonus babies he gave up.

                        If you want to track the minor league careers of some current MLB'ers go to thebaseballcube.com.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you, TG.

                          I thought you had some type of study about this issue. Anyways, I agree with your reasoning.

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                          • #14
                            Does anyone know where scouts would go in Northern New Jersey?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
                              Does anyone know where scouts would go in Northern New Jersey?
                              Anywhere there's talent.

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