Pretty often, we hear about the importance of “exposure” throughout the college baseball recruiting process. Some players are lucky enough to get interest from college coaches organically through in-game scouting. As time goes on, this type of exposure is becoming tougher to come by. For coaches, attending games in person is one of the most inefficient forms of recruiting. Factoring in travel, it’s time consuming to scout a game, where there might be two or three players that have college level talent. At a baseball showcase, the talent is typically more concentrated and players get more reps to evaluate. At these events, coaches have the opportunity to scout potentially hundreds of players that have the ability to compete at the next level. A vast majority of prospective college baseball players utilize showcases and similar events to get in front of college coaches. If you haven’t already, attending a baseball showcase should be on your list of things to do to help you get exposure to college coaches.
If you’re familiar with baseball showcases, you already know that they are not cheap. Don’t let the price tag scare you away though, because players typically get a lot of value for the $200 – $300 cost. Before attending one of these events you should consider a few things; how helpful is the organization’s player promotion platform and how can the event assist with your recruiting and college baseball search. Ultimately these two things will help you determine if the showcase is worth the money.
Third-Party Baseball Showcase
Some of the higher profile baseball showcases are run by independent organizations that don’t have an affiliation with the NCAA or its member institutions. These showcases are effective because the organizations have a network of college coaches that attend the events and trust the performance data that is measured throughout the workouts.
A core component of a baseball showcase is the attendance of college coaches for in-person evaluation. For some of the organizations listed below, they take this a step further. Through player promotion platforms, these organizations provide attendees with an online profile that contains the player’s footage, performance data, and scout summaries from the event. These profiles are hosted on the organization’s website and can be accessed by hundreds of NCAA, NAIA, and JUCO coaches. The player’s exposure continues well after the event by hooking into this platform, along with the organization’s continued efforts of promoting players through their multimedia channels.
While this is certainly not a complete list of third party organizations that host showcases, these are some of the most well known. No matter what state you live in, there’s a good chance that one of these organizations is hosting an event in your area.
- Perfect Game
- Prep Baseball Report
- Baseball Factory
- Program 15
- Crossroads Baseball
- Head First Honor Roll
- Showball Baseball
- I95 Stadium Series
Choosing the Right Showcase
The selection process is a little easier if you plan on attending an event that includes a player profile within their online scouting platform. Colleges of interest may not be attending the event in person, but these coaches could still access your information through this scouting platform. In this situation the decision to attend the event ultimately comes down to price, proximity of the event, and the programs that have access to the online platform.
For showcases that only provide exposure at the event, it’s important to take a look at the college baseball programs in attendance. If there are a few schools of interest attending, it might be worth signing up. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your talent in person. If there’s only one school of interest that will be at the event, you should check if that program is holding a camp or clinic in the near future. Additionally, you can see if they will be at a different showcase that has a more appealing list of attending programs. You should also view things from a division standpoint. If you have the ability to play at the Division I level and a particular event is primarily Division II focused, it might make sense to look elsewhere.
For upperclassmen, a few other pieces come into play when selecting a showcase. If the programs attending an event have already seen you play in a game, camp, or another showcase recently, you should consider choosing a showcase that will give you exposure to a different set of coaches. Upperclassmen should also take a look at a program’s roster to evaluate the probability of a coach showing interest. Here are a few things a player should think about:
- Positions a program is actively recruiting for
- Number of players a coach is looking to bring in for your recruiting class
- Specific needs for throwing arm or batting side
- Typical player profiles by position
By taking a look at a program’s roster, players can learn a lot about a coach’s recruiting tendencies, positional needs, and overall roster management strategy. Our college baseball research tool provides all of this information, for every NCAA baseball program. With this data, players can make calculated decisions throughout their college baseball search, make their money go further by selecting the right showcases, and further improve their exposure to college baseball coaches.