Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pitch Day Reflection

My pitch day experience was exactly how I expected it to be. Even though, I wasn't expecting to be nervous but right before the presentations started I began to get a little bit of butterflies. However, those went away when I began to speak to my first audience member, Mr. Brandon Lillie. He helped me because he allowed me to experience what the rest of my presentations should be like. When I presented to him I relized things that I needed to add and take out so that e presentation could be as best as it could be.
I think that the pitch day was cool and a good experience. It allowed the class to open up ourselves and learn how to talk in front of people that we don't know which is helpful for life. One thing that I leaned while prevention is that no body really notices when you mess up during the presentation al long as you improvise and make it flow and make sense still. I also learned that audiences listen to you if your presentation is interesting and intriguing. That also allows them to ask more questions if you are interesting because they will want to learn more. Finally, I learned that even though I can be a shy person I never really get nercious to speak in front of people I don't know.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Contact Coaches that have had this Job

Me: Hey coach, I'm calling you to inquire what it takes to become a Major League Baseball player. Do you have a moment to speak with me?
Me: I was wondering, in the winter when it's cold how can you make up for not long tossing?
Coach: Weighted ball for throwing, pitch back, fielding, weights (full body program) not heavy weights 8-12 pts. (Randy) no barbells, yoga (flexible)
Me: How fast does a center fielder need to run the 60 yard dash in to be a top college prospect?
Coach: 6.6-6.8 seconds running sprinting strength, hill or stadium step running, track training.
Me: What do colleges look for in baseball players besides skill?
Coach: Grades athleticism, fit into programs physically, and needs (positions)
Me: Do you recommend more than one sport in college?
Coach: It's almost impossible to play more than one sport in college if you go to a big school.
Me: What do I need to work on so that I can make it to the major league level?
Coach: Speed, long toss, bigger, fast, stronger, and in terms of skill keep facing people who are better than you.
Me: What type of diet would I need to have?
Coach: High protein

For this part of the assignment I can talk to multiple people if I feel like it is needed because I know a lot of people who have gotten the chance to play Major League Baseball or got a chance to be in a major league team's organization. I think that this part will allow to to gather good information about what it takes to make it to the major league level because I am going to be answer questions inbetween my main questions to gather as much information as possible.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Answers to 5 Questions

          In my last blog I asked myself five different questions about baseball. They were, What are some big tournaments that college scouts are usually at? How many baseball scholarships are given out each year? In order to be a division 1 prospect how hard do your need to throw? What do some baseball playing colleges offer for academics? What are the top 25 baseball playing colleges in the country?
          I did research on the questions and I found out the answers to them. A big showcase tournament in the country is Perfect Game USA. At a perfect game tournament you are evaluated by your physical ability. So if your a field player you are evaluated on the five tools which is hitting for power and contact, fielding/range, speed, and arm strength. If your a pitcher you are evaluated on arm action, delivery, and your selection of pitch. Some showcase tournaments attract hundred of scout and college coaches.
          About 11.7 scholarships are given our for D1 baseball schools and they have to split them to up to 30 players. So you will most likely not get a full scholarship to play baseball at a D1 baseball school. They're are about 297 D1 schools playing baseball right now. D1 recruiting is also tricky because a lot of scholarship money is promised to players who turn it down in the 11th hour for a professional contract.
           In order to be a Division 1 prospect you need to throw 85 mph and up for every position. However, it needs to be consistent and verified by a reliable source. For a pitcher it's even harder because you need to throw around 92 and up consistently if you want to be a starter and you need to be able to throw a lot of innings. A catcher mp needs to have a POP time of 1.95 seconds. In other words they need to throw the ball from home plate to 2nd base in 1.95 seconds or less. You also need to be a fast runner if your a fielding player, you need to be able to run the 60 yard dash in 6.9 seconds if your and infielder and 6.8 seconds if your an outfielder in order to be a D1 prospect. Some of the top D1 playing baseball schools are Vanderbilt, Virginia, Texas, Ole Miss, TCU, and Louisville.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finding my way to the MLB

          In order to become a Major League Baseball player I need to have personal goals. Some of my personal goals are to perform good in school and have a high GPA, play college baseball, become a good communicator, and to continue to build up my skills. My English class academic goals are to become better at communicating in front of crowds because if I reach my passion I will have to be able to communicate to the public without being extremely nervous. Another English goal that I have is to become better at reading. This falls hand and hand with being a good communicator because if you know how to read proper grammar it will reflect in the way that you speak to the public too. My final English goal is to finish the class with an "A" grade because if I expect to go to a good college to play baseball I have to have good grades because if I don't college scouts won't look at me.
          I can contact many people to learn more about my passion. I can contact my coaches who have played baseball at the minor league level as part of a professional team's organization. I can also talk to a couple of trainers that I have that have played at the major league level and in major league team organizations. These people help me with the fundamentals that I need to play at the top level and they help me with my knowledge of the game.
           Five questions that I would ask someone who had the experience to play at the major league level are: What are some big tournaments that college scouts are usually at? How many baseball scholarships are given out each year? In order to be a division 1 prospect how hard do your need to throw? What do some baseball playing colleges offer for academics? What are the top 25 baseball playing colleges in the country?

Passionate about baseball.

My passion is baseball. I have many goals for my future in baseball. To play on a good college team, to go to the major leagues, and to maybe make it to the hall of fame and I know that none of the tasks will me easy. I want to peruse this passion because I like today the game of baseball. I love everything about it to the walk off home-runs to the diving plays in the field.
The sport is nowhere near easy like everyone says it is. In all honesty it wears you down mentally just as much as it does physically. You need to know what to do in a bunt situation on the field or if your the batter where you need to hit the ball so that runners could advance and to put your team in the best possible position. If you mess up once that could be the difference between your team winning the game of losing it. This is what makes the sport so fun in my opinion, you always have to be on your toes and ready for what ever comes your way. Just like life, if someone throws you a breaking ball to got to do all you can to fight it off or put it in play.