With many amateur baseball programs today pretending to be what they're not, we felt that it's a good time to touch on topic of Scoutball, what it is, and how it's meant to benefit a high school player.
What is Scout Ball?
Scout leagues in Southern California are built by MLB organizations' area scouts. They are designed so that the MLB personnel involved (i.e. area scouts, crosscheckers, and front office staff) can identify graduating seniors who are considered "draft guys" for the following year. They put together the best teams compiled of the top high school talent available to create relationships with the players and their families. They track progress, send in prospect reports to the scouting directors, and eventually put those prospects on a draft board where they can possibly fit into the draft amongst college players and other high school prospects from around the country.
Several Scout Teams have even created a chance to make their "2nd Team" which are compiled of Juniors, Sophomores, an even Freshmen. If you are not receiving quality instruction and reps, you should pursue other options.
The primary reason for writing this article is to protect players from travel teams that operate under an MLB name and to help you prioritize your development ahead of exposure. If you have any questions regarding scout ball or scout teams, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.
We hope this information helps!
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