Fall baseball? Perfect Game Events? Pitching and Hitting Academies? So what's the...
Identifying When evaluating a player, the first thing that pro and college scouts look for are what we call "tools." Tools are defined as things that the player does with supreme ease and are completely natural. Those tools consist of:
You will often hear the term "5-tool player." That term refers to a player that exhibits each of the 5-tools at a very high level. When dealing with high school players however, some tools are obvious and some are not. In fact, in many cases high school players have tools they are not even aware of. For that reason, our coaching staff made up of player development experts, former MLB scouts and Division 1 recruiting coordinators are elite professionals at identifying those tools and skillset that are not as obvious to common eye. After accessing and identifying those areas, we formulate and determine each player's level of Projectiblity. Projectiblity is basically a calculate "forecast" for a players potential based of their identified tools and skillsets and proper information and development.
Developing After identifying those skill-sets, our coaching staff will begin to groom players through the process of Development. We look at development in two pieces. The first piece is skill-set development. This is the development of consistency and understanding of the player's natural ability. To accomplish this, we have has added a bulk of new professional pitching and hitting instructors to our staff to implement our pitching and hitting academy to our fall program. Each week, players will have the opportunity to work hands on with these instructors and receive the individual and professional attention needed to maximize their development. From developing a "feel" for the body's natural kinetic chain in pitching to formulating sound approaches at the plate, this program allows our staff to focus on specific areas and needs of our player's skill development.
The second piece of this is player development. Just as essential as the skillset development, player development is integrating skillsets with style of play.
* Bunt coverages
* Forced balk defense
* Situational hitting/pitching and Base running
* In-game awareness
Due to the level of competition and personnel, many of these elements are rarely taught high school and youth levels. Our team practice plans very detailed and purposes driven. To accomplish this, our teams will have one outdoor practice each week at a Parker, CO high school.
Once the tools have been identified and developed, exposure becomes a major priority. At the heart of Team Colorado is college placement. College recruiters often comment on the lack of visibility to Colorado players. Through particular showcase events and utilizing our vast network of scouts, agents and recruiting coordinators, creating a supreme amount of exposure to our players is paramount. As many have recently discovered, merely traveling to out-of-state to an event does not equate to exposure. The equality built up in the reputation and the experience of our staff allows us to have long standing relationships with a plethora of college recruiting coordinators and MLB scouts. Whether by via email or phone, we create exposure my ensuring that these scouts are aware of who our players are and the time, date and locations to view them.
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