Recruiting College Baseball Players: The Most Effective Way to Recruit
Personal Experience/This Project:
In 1991 my family moved from Southern California to Northern California, almost at the most crucial point of my athletic career. I quickly found out that who you know can unfortunately play a dramatic part in how far you go in athletics.
After playing at an extremely high level of baseball my whole young career, I somehow managed to not make a little league team when I was 12 years old. Had it not been for my dad and his best friend that started an expansion team for all the players that didn’t get picked, I probably would have nothing to do with baseball. Not only did that expansion team they formed win our league my 12-year-old year, but we won the state and the Little League All-Star team that had a majority of that team went on to play in the Little League World Series. It was at that moment that I understood how politics and marketing could help or prevent a player’s career.
My struggle to make teams continued from 13 to 15, on into high school. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that my talents proved enough to get the opportunities that I deserved. Thinking that because my talent was way above and beyond anyone else, I figured high school baseball and my coach would help me get into college to play baseball. Once again, I found out the hard way that this was not the case. I ended up at a junior college so that I could continue my dream of playing baseball at the next level. Not until college did the best player always get the opportunity to play. It was a huge relief that the only thing that stood in the way of me playing or not was myself.
It is amazing to think that my baseball career went from not making a little league team to playing division I baseball and getting drafted by the Houston Astro’s in the 1999 amateur draft. My personal experience has led me to create this project hoping high school players hopefully reach their goal in finding a perfect fit to play college baseball.