America doesn’t have a shortage of baseball showcase opportunities. The burden is on you and your team of coaches to have you ready for the showcase that’s the right place and the right time for you.
You’ve paid the money, but are you ready to hear the truth about your skill level?
Millions of players and parents will go to great lengths to be seen by scouts, but often will run from the opportunity to hear the truth about their performance. Here’s a look at the opportunities out there:
These are high stakes games played for players age 16-plus who know where they want to go. College coaches and professional scouts may attend to evaluate you here. The benefit of playing in these games is to compete and rate your tools/skills against players from across your state, region, country and/or world. Credible showcase tournaments always are going to publish post game reports for scouts who care to know how you performed. Being scouted isn’t your right, it’s a privilege that’s earned.
If you’re age 16-plus, college coaches and professional scouts evaluate you here. You are your team. This is your opportunity to showcase your tools and/or skills without the burden of winning the game.
Professional scouts will evaluate you if you have the tools (bat speed, raw power, running speed, arm strength, “smooth” hands/feet, etc.) and makeup (character, grit, desire and habits) that project future skills (hitting for average, power production, stealing bases, arm accuracy, and fielding percentage) that will allow you to compete at the Major League level.
Here are 10 questions to ask yourself before attending one of these events:
1. What’s your top three list of colleges you would like to attend as a scholarship student-athlete?
2. When is their next on campus camp?
3. Will you be attending?
4. What are the top three reasons you won’t be attending?
5. Does your travel team have to be ranked in the Top 50 nationally in order for college coaches to want to recruit you?
6. What’s your next step if college coaches and professional scouts say you don’t have the baseball skills or mental makeup (attitude and ability to make adjustments) to compete at the collegiate or professional level?
7. Who are the top three people you blame, besides yourself, when you don’t perform well on the baseball field?
8. Who are three players you’ve completed against in tournaments and/or showcase tournaments who had the best baseball skills?
9. Who are three players you’ve completed against in tournaments and/or showcase tournaments who had the best mental makeup (attitude and ability to make adjustments)?
10. Describe yourself as a person with three words or less.
Remember: Intelligence trumps being smart.
C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.