The Talent is Overrated topic got me thinking about an entirely separate subject. (side note make sure you check out the Talent is Overrated topic)
It got me thinking about the politics of baseball and the standards which it takes to get drafted.
I would like to believe the saying “if you’re good enough you’ll be found”
Last year in the 1st year players draft out of 1500 picks 14 of them were Division III players. One was Harold Baines son who was a courtesy pick, and another was a boy who was connected to a high up scout. That then leaves 12.
Are there more DIII players that deserve a chance? OF COURSE. Are scouts going to DIII games looking for talent? No!
If you pitch well in DIII ball its expected because batters 6-9 usually are easy outs. In DI ball every out is a tough out. There are exceptions to both sides of course!!!
The 2nd Standard I feel needs to be addressed is the Height-Velocity correlation.
I know this one all too well being in the position myself. I’m a 5’11 RHP who works in the 89-91 range. I get approached by scouts from time to time because of my velocity but usually the conversation turns to “what is your height” “what is your weight” Then the news comes “You have good stuff but you’re not projectable”
If you’ve never heard of “projectable” before it is the word scouts use for your ceiling. Most scouts believe that shorter guys have a shorter ceiling and yea i throw 88-91 now but thats it. Thats as good as its going to get.
the 3rd Standard is that “If you’re getting outs it shouldn’t matter how hard you throw.”
Matthew Wilson. If the name sounds familiar it is because he threw 8 innings of shutout ball against FSU in an upset game in the regional of 2007.
Matt Wilson had a career 3 ERA. As a senior he had a 1.78 era in 60+ innings.
Undrafted. Why? Throws 82-84 mph.
4 years of Division I ball with a career era of 3 something. And not much to show for it except a shot at indy ball.
I guess this is more of a rant than a post but i would love to hear other peoples opinions or other stories of similar nature.
As stated before VELOCITY IS KING… too bad huh.