"We want to make sure it’s a competitive level of baseball."
Updated: May 24, 2019
There is this notion out there that every player should play at the highest possible level they can in college and if they don't it’s a big mistake.
Let's be clear about this. When a player transitions from high school to college baseball, they’re going to a much smaller pool of players. The competition is ALWAYS going to be better than what they were playing at. Sure, there are some top notch high school programs out there with great talent, but it’s still 16-18 year olds versus 19-23 year olds.
Some players fear they’ll be going to too low of a level. It's almost like they see themselves going to a certain level and hitting .600 and being a freshman All-American. And making the sport look too easy. The odds are very good this will not happen.
Where do these unsubstantiated opinions come from? Usually from the dugout. And other baseball influences in a player's life. However, most of these opinions come from people that don't regularly watch different levels of college baseball nor do they spend a great deal of time evaluating high school prospects.
There is also that EGO thing. Yes, it happens. Players want to make sure his peers know he’s going to a quality school. Parents want other parents to know their son is going to a top-notch program. The ironic part about this is that after high school, not many from your baseball community will track your success or happiness at a college.
The next time a player or parent is worried about competition being too low, ask them where their opinion comes from. Remember, a player's level is what the college coach that's offering says it is… not what his parents, peers or other baseball influences think.
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