How to Make Pro Baseball Scouts Notice You: An Insider's Guide to Big League Scouting

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The purpose of this book is twofold: one, to give ballplayers an inside look at just what scouts are really looking for in their search for professional ballplayers; and two, to help them market and sell themselves so that scouts will know they exist and see them put their best skills on display. This book has been written with the intent of helping ballplayers keep their dreams of playing pro ball alive and flourishing. All any ballplayer wants is a shot at playing pro ball, and by reading this book, they will ...

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Overview

The purpose of this book is twofold: one, to give ballplayers an inside look at just what scouts are really looking for in their search for professional ballplayers; and two, to help them market and sell themselves so that scouts will know they exist and see them put their best skills on display. This book has been written with the intent of helping ballplayers keep their dreams of playing pro ball alive and flourishing. All any ballplayer wants is a shot at playing pro ball, and by reading this book, they will be that much closer to having their dreams come true.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602396845
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 586,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Goldis has been a senior level scout in the front offices of several major league teams, including the Cincinnait Reds and the New York Mets. He lives in New York, NY.

John Wolff played baseball for Harvard in college and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, where he spent time playing for their minor league team. He lives in Armonk, NY

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Table of Contents

1 Beating the Odds 1

2 The Scouting System 9

3 How Scouts Find Talent 20

4 How Scouts Rate Prospects 32

5 The Fundamental Ingredients of a Major League Ballplayer 41

6 Marketing Yourself: Hits and Myths 63

7 What You Need to Know About Tryout Camps 76

8 The Tools and Terms of the Trade 91

9 Extra Innings: Common Questions Answered 103

Appendix A Major League Draft Rules 115

Appendix B Major League Team Addresses and Websites 118

Glossary of Common Scouting Terms 125

Acknowledgments 130

About the Authors 131

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