If you plan on attending any pro baseball tryouts this year then there are a few things you should know. Whether you attend an open Minor League Baseball tryout or an independent baseball league tryout, there are some common factors you need to realize in order to stand a chance of having any sort of career in the industry. Assuming you have the minimum amount of physical talent needed to play pro baseball, there are three things to understand.
Since professional baseball is a business, you will have to become aggressive in promoting yourself to the teams. This assumes that you even have the minimum physical skills for your position in terms of speed, arm strength, durability, and hitting skills. If not, then the teams have no reason to pick you for their rosters over another player at your position who may have greater skills, popularity, or potential to be a long-term value to the organization.
Remember that affiliated Minor League Baseball is about developing players to produce at the Major League level; and independent baseball needs to focus on winning in the short term as a part of the equation of running a profitable entertainment business in the team’s city. You should be aware of this before attending any open pro baseball tryout. Most players talk about getting signed to a contract, yet few ever talk about having a long-term career in professional baseball.
Next, just because your high school and college coaches think that you were the greatest player they have seen in 20 years it does not mean that you will be signed to a pro contract. There are very few open roster spots in professional baseball, so unless your talent is simply amazing then you will have to compete for a position. Many amateur players are not used to being on the bench, being told that they are “average”, or anything other than glowing admiration from college coaches, friends, parents, and friendly media. This is part of the growing up phase a baseball player has to make as he transitions from an amateur athlete to a professional athlete. In addition, a player has to realize that he could be playing behind a player who has Major League experience; and the player with previous Big League experience could be popular with the organization and the city.
The scouts at pro baseball tryouts will want to see your basic mechanics and skills. If you impress them then they, most likely, will do a check on you by calling coaches in your conference and finding out more about you. The minor leagues (affiliated and independent) are filled with stories of players who had tremendous talent but lacked the maturity needed to be a true professional. You need to disprove that in the minds of the scouts by showing up to any pro baseball tryout ready to perform. This means you are a leader, dress like a professional, and express willingness to help market the team when necessary.
The journey from amateur baseball to a professional baseball career can be challenging in a number of areas, including factors outside of the player’s control. Poor living and travel accommodations, low pay, a relentless schedule, dealing with the varying maturity levels of teammates, and adjustments made by the league are all a part of surviving in the minor leagues. By knowing this before you attend your next pro baseball tryout you will be conscious of the realities, and then you can show the team if you have what it takes to be considered a professional.
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