Saturday, November 5, 2011
Last Chance gives players a chance
By Andrew Drennen
Scouts and college coaches look to evaluate talent. The more they can see players the better evaluations they can make.
MONTEREY, Calif. – For many of the top prep players this month it is about signing a National Letter of Intent. Others will not have that option and yet they are still trying to find a place to play on the next level.
The Last Chance Prospect Camp gives players, who have not yet signed, an opportunity to be evaluated by scouts and college coaches. Not every player will get a full scholarship for baseball, as many of them are partials because of the few numbers of baseball scholarships afforded to each program.
“Events like this are critical for players to be seen by college coaches and Major League evaluators,” remarked Area Code Baseball’s Andrew Knepper. “It could be one at-bat or one pitch that changes the mind of these evaluators.”
Players that are on the fringe an event like this could make the difference.
“Player development in prep players is more of a day-to-day thing instead of month-to-month. Everyday these kids get better,” added Knepper.
The director of the Last Chance Prospect Camp is Nathan Trosky of Trosky Baseball. When it comes to bloodlines, Trosky has them. His grandfather, Hal Trosky, had what many consider to be the greatest rookie year ever, as in 1934 Trosky’s grandfather hit .330 with 35 homers and 142 RBI.
When Trosky was asked about the goal of this event he remarked, “To create a stage where players can present their talent to scouts and coaches.”
During the event the players will have an opportunity to play in a game.
“When players can play in game situations and be evaluated it reveals the depth of a player’s talent,” Trosky added.
This is different from evaluating a player in a workout environment where the player’s tools are easily identifiable and displayed.
“A lot show well by doing drills and showing their tools. You can see the arm and if they can hit for power,” said Trosky.
While the tools are important in the evaluation of a player it comes down to what they can do in games. Players will be divided up into six teams and have one game to prove they can play.
“When players are evaluated in game situations you can see the passion and how well they deal with adversity,” Trosky added.
Baseball is a game of adversity because it is a game of failure. When you think about it some of the best players in the game fail 70 percent of the time at the plate. That is a lot of adversity.
“Players have a small window to show something,” stated Trosky, “this is a big opportunity for them to do something special.”