If MLB endorses the PitchSmart guidelines, why do hundreds of MLB scouts commit to attending Fall and Winter showcases? These showcases are held within the time period where baseball players are supposed to be shutdown from throwing.
If MLB were serious about reducing injuries and supporting arm health guidelines, the scouts would shun these October through December showcases. I think this is laziness on the part of MLB. Any of the top prospects don’t need these showcases and do not attend. This takes care of the arms of a select few, while putting the majority of arms at risk. I guess they don’t mind risking the arms of the players least likely to ever be signed.
The scouts use these showcases to find that rare individual who slipped through the net cast by the scouts. They opt for the shooting fish in a barrel approach over doing the work of finding that unknown talent the hard way–watching them in the HS or American Legion seasons.
It’s proven that more prospects are found in warmer climates than in colder ones, but injuries are more common in the warmer climates because the seasons begin earlier, include more games, and logistically limit athletes’ options to participate in other sports–another risk factor in arm health.
There should be nationwide start and end dates for HS baseball that puts everyone within the protection of the PitchSmart guidelines and MLB should be leading the charge!