Legion Post 60’s Jesse Johnson, Jake Miller and Ben Baasch, sporting honorary attire, showed off their skills to scouts and college coaches in Sunday’s Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts in Dickinson, N.D.
“Congratulations,” Baseball Factory director Bryan Dunkel wrote in respective letters to Johnson, Miller and Baasch.
“You have been nominated by [Post 60] Coach [Kyle] Roelfsema for our Under Armor College Recruiting program. Coach tells me you are an athletic [respective position] with great range, strong arm, and solid bat. Our scouts want to see you on Aug. 17 to help you find the right place to play college ball.”
Baseball Factory scouts conduct the Tryouts to give evaluations on speed, pitching, hitting, defense and arm strength. Verbal phone evaluations follow the exhibition within 72 hours and reveal each champion’s college potential, suggest areas for improvement and reveal a player’s rank compared to his nationwide brethren.
Competitors and parents observed a college recruiting seminar that teaches the do’s and don’ts of college recruiting.
Each honoree received a professionally-edited online highlight video and a personal web page with academic information, video footage and evaluation.
A select few make the 36-player Baseball Factory National Tournament on MLB Network at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
C.C. Sabathia, David Wright, Derek Holland, Justin Verlander, Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder, Roy Halladay and Troy Tulowitzki are Baseball Factory and Team One alumni. Ninety-nine percent — 298 of 301 Division I programs — feature at least one Baseball Factory veteran.
One in four College World Series competitors, one in four Major League Draft selections and one in 10 Major League players are Baseball Factory grads.