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I get a lot of questions about professional baseball and how to try out for the MLB teams. When it comes to MLB tryouts, there are some things that need to be cleared up. First, there are no Minor League tryouts. If there is a Minor League team in your area, they will not be having open tryouts unless it is directly related to the affiliated baseball team (the MLB team).
Now, independent league teams are different. They may hold a professional baseball try out, but most of the players they take are players who were released from affiliated baseball.
The 2013 MLB draft is right around the corner. Many players will leave the amateur ranks and become professional baseball players this June. With the MLB draft coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to make a video about my experience with the MLB draft, so that players that are going to be drafted have an idea of what they are getting into. The draft process is pretty structured, but if you've never been through it before, it is hard to know what you're getting into.
Whenever I hear people talking about the Minor Leagues, I always hear stories about Double A and Triple A. I never hear any stories about Rookie Ball, Short Season A, Low A, or High A baseball in the Minor Leagues.
I think, for the most part, it is because most of these are just that...stories. They are coming from misinformed people who don't know much about how the Minor Leagues work. Well, I'm here to put some of the Minor League Misconceptions to rest.
I recently started a question and answer series with my YouTube vids and the first question, well really it was questions, were about professional baseball and development.
To be exact, the questions were:
1) When did you realize you had the potential to play professional ball?
2) Was it hard, once you got to the professionals, to sustain your position in the organization?
3) When was the biggest developmental time period of your game, (High school, College, Pros,... Etc.)?