It is go time! The 2013 Major League Tryouts are here, are you ready?
So you are hoping to get picked up by a pro team this summer? Or are you a high school player curious to see what pro baseball is all about? Trying out for the MLB is an ambitious goal. The odds are against you but what did you expect, its pro baseball!
MLB Tryout Tips
As a pitcher I threw 94 mph at a Major League Tryout and didn't get picked up! I am not posting this to brag, well maybe, but mainly to tell you my story so it will give you a good understanding of how this business works. After I hit 94 mph in a Major League Scouting Bureau Tryout Camp in California, I was sent to pitch for a Crosschecker with the Twins. My major issue was that I was 26 years old at the time. If you want to learn more about why I was 26 then you can learn more here.
To make a long story into a made for TV movie, I didn't sign with the Twins because they didn't like my age, or that is what they told me. They did encourage me to tryout for the Golden League which was an independent minor league organization. I was drafted in the first round for the Golden League and the rest is history. The point of the story is if you want to pitch in pro ball, pitching velocity is critical. I had attended 3 MLB tryouts before this last one and never threw over 90 mph. Not until I broke 90 mph did they show any interest. This is why I developed the 3X Pitching Velocity Program. It is the program I used and it has helped tons of other pitchers increase pitching velocity and even get drafted. Learn more about the 3X Pitching Velocity Program NOW!
Here is some key tips to help you when trying out this summer as pitcher:
- Do not throw anything but a fastball. MLB scouts do not want to see your curveball if you throw 80mph. It is the 90mph or go home game.
- Wear the correct equipment and uniform. These scouts do not have the patience to wait on you or to help you out. Either fit into their system or go home.
- Show up early and wait your time. This is a cattle call so just except that going into it. It is going to be a long day. They do not tolerant tardiness.
- Bring enough food and drink to fuel you for the entire day. Give yourself the best chance when it is your turn. Being out of fuel when it is go time is going to hurt your chances.
- Got full tilt! When they say it is your turn do not throw another warm up pitch. Let it go at 130% intensity.
- Perform like a bad ass don't act like one. The scouts are watching you the entire time. Do not screw around or act like you are the next big thing. Show them that you mean business.
90 mph or Bust!
Let's face it, it is a business at the professional level and pitching velocity is your price tag. I realized this after my 3rd MLB tryout camp when they where only giving 6-8 pitches per pitcher to show your stuff. You would sit around all morning just to throw 6-8 pitches and if it wasn't what they wanted then you went home. I also noticed the scouts only watching the radar guns and not the pitchers during these 6-8 pitchers. I finally got a scout to say it, he said, "Either throw 90 mph or go home!" I knew if I was going to do another tryout camp then I wasn't going to waste my time showing off a mid to high 80's fastball.
This is when I really got good at increasing pitching velocity. I focused really hard on developing the perfect program that would get me over 90mph. I was out of college at this time and the only chance I had of playing pro ball was getting picked up in a tryout. Well, in the next tryout camp I showed them what they wanted!
If you are sitting in the mid to high 80's then I highly advise you NOT to attend an MLB Tryout Camp until you break 90mph. I also highly recommend that you contact me above if you are determined to break 90mph. I will analyze your pitching delivery and show you what is holding you back and how the 3X Pitching Velocity Program will improve these issues. You also have the option to attend the 3X Velocity Camp with other pitchers who are preparing for the MLB Tryout Camps listed below. Don't hesitate on this, you need all the time you can get to break 90mph, so you have a good chance of playing pro ball!
Major League Baseball Tryout Information
- No registration fees included.
- Make sure you arrive 30 minutes early to finalize registration before the camp starts.
- You are required to bring your own equipment.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Ever player must sign a liability waiver to attend the camp. If you are under age 21, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the waiver with you. The "Liability Waiver" can be downloaded below.
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Tryouts are subject to change.
|Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:00AM||Tuscaloosa, AL||Shelton State CC
9500 Old Greensboro Rd,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
|Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:00AM||Council Bluffs, IA||Iowa Western CC
2700 College Rd,
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
|Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 11:00AM
POSTPONED RESCHED 6/25
|Reading, PA||Gochnauer Field
801 E Bellevue Ave,
Reading, PA 19605
|Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 9:00AM||Purcell, OK||Purcell High School
201 S. Lester Lane,
Purcell, OK 73080
|Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 9:00AM||Compton, CA||MLB Urban Youth Academy
901 E Artesia Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
|Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 10:00AM||Sacrameno, CA||Bradshaw Christian HS
9555 Calvine Rd,
Sacrameno, CA 95829
|Friday, June 14, 2013 - 9:00AM||Neosho, MO||Crowder College Baseball Field
Neosho, MO 64850
|Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 8:30AM||Tucson, AZ||Pima CC - West Campus
2202 W Anklam Rd,
Tucson AZ 85709
|Monday, July 8, 2013 - 9:00AM||Springfield, KY||St. Catharine College
2735 Bardstown Rd,
Springfield, KY 40069
|Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 9:00AM||Rockford, IL||Rock Valley JC
3301 North Mulford,
Rockford, IL 61114