Professional Baseball Tryout Mistakes Part 1

by on April 18, 2012   No Comments

If you’re interested in playing independent professional baseball (indy ball), there are some classic pitfalls to avoid before you even show up at the tryout.  Mistake #1) not contacting the team(s) before you go to their tryout.  It’s ultra-important you send a short e-mail to let the tryout “decision-maker” (field manager, director of baseball operations and/or player procurement) know you’ll be attending; if you’re preregistered, you give that person/organization a chance to do some research on you.  However, in the process of contacting teams, I see many players make potentially career-crippling mistakes that are easy to avoid:

New Professional Baseball Tryouts Added to Events

by on April 20, 2011   No Comments

All content on the Five Tool Prospects is now free, including the “Events” section of the site, listing all of the professional baseball tryouts in the United States. We’ve recently updated this section, adding over a dozen new tryouts. If you’re an ex-college or pro player sitting around wishing you could have one last crack at your dream, this is the place to start.

40 ex-Indy Players in MLB Camps

by on February 22, 2010   No Comments

As Director of Baseball Operations for an independent baseball team, my job description involves recruiting players who are sometimes just hours past hearing the news of their release from an MLB organization.  These conversations have a vast range in both depth and duration according to the fragility of the player’s current mental mindset, but my ability to help turn around their attitude relies on such evidence as provided by independent blogger Bob Wirz, who recently reported that over 40 players with independent experience are currently participating in Major League spring training camps.  Of course, not all of those 40 players will break camp with their Major League club at the end of March, but times are changing, and independent baseball can often provide a backdoor to the big leagues when the front door is shut in your face.  Pictured is the Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Chris Jakubauskas, claimed off waivers this off-season from the Seattle Mariners.  He spent a full season in the big leagues in 2009, including significant time in the Mariners starting rotation – his first professional baseball experience?  Getting drafted at the Frontier League Tryout Camp in 2003 by the Florence Freedom, who, get this, released him in 2004.  He spent three more seasons in Indy ball before being picked up by the Mariners in 2007, making his big league debut in 2009.  Read more for more information on the ex-Indy players in camp with MLB teams.