With many amateur baseball programs today pretending to be what they're not, we felt that it's a good time to touch on topic of Scoutball, what it is, and how it's meant to benefit a high school player.
What is Scout Ball?
Scout leagues in Southern California are built by MLB organizations' area scouts. They are designed so that the MLB personnel involved (i.e. area scouts, crosscheckers, and front office staff) can identify high school aged prospects, primarily graduating seniors who are considered "draft guys" for the following year. They put together the best teams compiled of the top high school talent available to create relationships with the players and their families. They track progress, send in prospect reports to the scouting directors, and eventually put those prospects on a draft board where they can possibly fit into the draft amongst college players and other high school prospects from around the country.
If you get invited to play with any of the following teams, you are in for a legitimate scout ball experience:
Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire Teams
- Red Sox: Jim Woodward
- Seattle Mariners: Myron Pines
- New York Yankees: Dave Keith
- San Francisco Giants: Chuck Fick
- Oakland A's: Eric Martins
- Atlanta Braves: Kevin Martin
- Los Angeles Angels: Steve Hernandez
- Milwaukee Brewers: Josh Belovsky
San Diego Teams
- Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Wittword
- San Diego Padres: Josh Steven
- Toronto Blue Jays: Bud Smith
The primary reason for writing this article is to protect players from travel teams that operate under an MLB name. If you have any questions regarding scout ball or scout teams, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.
We hope this information helps!