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Feature Story : for May 21, 2011

Want to be a Professional Baseball Player?

What do the scouts look for? How do I get scouted?  When is the MLB draft?  What are the eligibility rules?  Tryout camps, when are they? who should go? Pay to be seen?
Local Tryout Camps List  

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If you don't get drafted there are a couple of ways to get exposure.  One, you should attend all the tryout camps for major, minors, and independent teams you can.  There is more information below as well as a listing of local tryouts we are aware of.

The other is "pay to be seen" by attending an exposure camp.  One such organization is,  The Global Scouting Bureau which runs tryout camps that exposes players to professional teams all around the world.  Here several scouts who have openings will see you, provide you with feedback and your profile will be placed in their database.  They have several sessions scheduled.


Global Scouting Bureau

Tryout camps are open to players 15 to 25.  If you don't get drafted go to a pro tryout camp, if you want to be considered for the draft in the future go to a tryout camp. Camps are conducted by Major League teams and the ML Scouting Bureau (MLSB). Below are locally scheduled Scouting Bureau camps and team's camps,  as we become aware of them, we will post team's camps on our message board.

Any player who is under 21 years of age must have a written release from a parent or legal guardian accepting full legal liability in order to workout. NO EXCEPTIONS. Must be a release, not a permission slip. Release Form, MLB Release Form

All Legion players must bring with them written permission from the Post Commander or Legion Coach to workout.

MLB Tryout Camps,   (Information & Nation Wide), FAQ 

Other Web Sites with Tryout Information
Prospect Watch, | News Letter

What do the scouts look for?  How do I get scouted?

Frank Marcos of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, recently explained the functions of the Bureau, and revealed what they look for when scouting players.

Q: How do your scouts rate prospects?

A: We have basic generic things that apply to both position players and pitchers and then we have specific things for position players and pitchers. We grade position players on hitting ability, power, running speed, arm strength and fielding. We use a scale of 2-8 in each category to grade our players and come up with an OFP (Overall Future Potential). A total range of 40-80 covers Major League prospects. Forty is the minimum for our category of a Major League prospect. We have fringe, average and definite prospect [categories]. As the number gets higher, the better the prospect is.

We grade pitchers on fastball, curveball, slider and other (if the pitcher throws a knuckler or split-finger). If a pitcher doesn't throw an "other," he gets graded on the three he throws. But that's when a scout's instinct comes into play. If a pitcher only throws two pitches, but the scout sees he has the arm instinct to develop a slider, he'll grade him higher. A scout can move the number up if he feels the potential is higher.

The generic qualities that apply to both position players and pitchers are things like aggressiveness, instinct, dedication, work ethic.

Q: How does somebody become a prospect? How do you decide who to scout?

A: Every goal of our year is the June draft. After that, we gear up for the summer, when we get a chance to see younger prospects we didn't have time for before the draft (Prior to the draft, MLSB scouts are busy looking at those eligible for that year's draft). We look at what we call "follows," mostly 15 and 16 year-olds. There are showcase events that have been great for younger kids. They have the chance to compete against the top kids in the country. The more visibility [a kid] has to the scouts, the better.

We develop a follow list by the end of the summer or the early fall. We have a list of five to six hundred players that will be eligible for the 2007 draft. In addition, we'll have lists of players eligible for the 2008 and 2009 drafts. We're always trying to stay ahead.

We also get letters, phone calls, faxes from parents, girlfriends, coaches, agents about players and sometimes it is very valuable information. Some guys are creative. We get videotapes, color shots of their swings. I guess they see it as investment in their future and are willing to go to that extent.

You can never have too much information. We will pass information on to the scout in the area. We'll also provide players with a list for tryout camps. We have 35 tryout camps in June throughout the country and the clubs hold camps as well. It's a chance for a player who doesn't have the chance to be seen to show what they can do. Hopefully kids remember it in a positive way, that it was fun and that they had a chance.

Q: How can players get in touch with the MLSB?

A: They can write to: Major League Scouting Bureau
2500 Porsche Way, Suite 100
Ontario, CA 91764
Fax: 909-980-7794
Phone: 909-980-1881

Q: What's the main purpose of the MLB Scouting Bureau?

A: We try to provide the best information on prospects to help clubs make more educated selections in the draft.

Q: When was the Scouting Bureau formed?

A: In 1974, ownership developed the idea to centralize scouting. It was not part of the Commissioner's Office. It was an independent group supported by the clubs. In 1985, [Commissioner] Peter Uebberoth brought the Major League Scouting Bureau under the umbrella of the Commissioner's Office.

Q: Why was it started?

A: Cost was a major issue. It allows the club to get information for a fraction of the price of having two full-time scouts of their own. They're getting a lot more bang for the buck.

Q: How many scouts work at the MLB Scouting Bureau?

A: We have 34 full-time scouts and 13 part-time scouts across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.


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Local Tryout Camps 
Camps get cancelled and rescheduled call the numbers listed to verify the camp is still on or to get more information.  Also, you can call the team,  phone numbers can be found by clicking: MLB Team Phone Numbers



Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the camp.

Note: Players provide own equipment and arrive 1/2 hour early to register.
Any player who is under 21 years of age must have a written release from a parent or legal guardian accepting full legal liability in order to workout. NO EXCEPTIONS. Must be a release, not a permission slip. Release Form, MLB Release Form

American Legion players must have written permission from their coach or post commander.

MLB Tryout Page

Red Sox Tryout Information Line: 617-375-0958, 
Milwaukee Brewers, tryout hotline  800-234-6459, ext. 6850.  tryouts
Los Angeles Dodgers, Tryout Hotline: 323-224-1512
Houston Astros, tryout info, 713-259-8921 
Baltimore Orioles, 
Cleveland Indians,
Pittsburgh Pirates Tryout Camp Hotline:(412) 325-4671 
Cincinnati Reds,
Kansas City,
Devil Rays,
Philadelphia Phillies, 
Minnesota Twins, 
San Diego,

MLB.com Tryout Camp List

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