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I wanted to piggyback on Michael’s post about college baseball with a post of my own, because College Baseball can be a great thing to throw yourself into. Not only can you find enjoyment by following the game on a national, team oreinted scale, you can also follow it on a very local, individualistic level. It’s the polar opposite of how it seems Michael digests the game, but it’s mostly the way I drink it in. Instead of caring about how a national powerhouse is performing, I’m constantly checking in on local players who are likely to be drafted.
What I have here is a schedule of all the notable college prospects that will travel within reasonable driving distance of my home in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania this Spring. I made this scouting schedule for myself and figured it was worth sharing for anyone looking to do some scouting of their own. Driving to Princeton for a double header and then spending the day walking around campus/town is one hell of a way to spend a Saturday in late March. I’ve got some helpful tips for you, and the schedule itself, after the “click more, link, jump” thing. So click it.
Here are my tips for going to scout local college games. DO NOT SKIP READING THESE.
- Be sure to check out the college’s athletics webpage a few days prior to attending these games and then again the day of the game. Game times change all the time due to weather or any number of external factors. You don’t want to drive for two hours and learn the game you planned on seeing is already half over because they moved the start time up to avoid a potential rain shower.
- I don’t drive anywhere if I’ll spend more time on the road than I will at my destination. So if I’m driving to Philly for a game (about 3 total drive hours), I had better catch BP, or infield practice, or a double header, or spend some time in the city afterwards with that special someone to make it worth my time. Small schools often play double headers on weekends which make your drive a better investment.
- If you’re trying to look at a pitcher, make sure you’re checking box scores to see what day of the week he’s pitching. The team’s best pitcher is likely to throw on Friday nights, but team’s with weird schedules and multiple pitching prospects (like Louisville) might have an anomalous rotation. Try to map things out.
- If you see scouts at the game, it’s okay to go up and talk to them. Just try to do it between BP and the game or whenever the prospect everyone is there to see isn’t doing anything.
|Alex Robinett14||RHP||Army||April 6,7/April 13,14||Lehigh/Lafayette|
|Chris Rowley||RHP||Army||April 6,7/April 13,15||Lehigh/Lafayette|
|Dan Goldstein||RHP||Bucknell||April 13,14||Lehigh|
|Jon Fitzsimmons||RHP||Canisius||April 6,7||Rider|
|Tyler Barnette||RHP||Charlotte||April 26,27,28||Temple|
|Thomas Roulis14||2B||Dartmouth||March 30,||Penn|
|Chad Kuhl||RHP||Delaware||Check Schedule||All Home Games|
|Jimmy Yezzo||1B||Delaware||Check Schedule||All Home Games|
|Matt Soren||RHP||Delaware||Check Schedule||All Home Games|
|Hassan Evans||RHP/OF||Delaware State||April 10/April 17||Lehigh/LaSalle|
|Mike Ahmed||3B||Holy Cross||April 6,7||Lafayette|
|Stephen Cooke||RHP||Indiana U of PA||March 26/April 23||Shipp/Bloom|
|Ty Macfarland||3B/OF||James Madison||May 16,17,18||Delaware|
|Cole McInturff||OF||James Madison||May 16,17,18||Delaware|
|Kevin Herget||RHP||Kean University||Check Schedule||All Home Games|
|Justin Pacchioli14||OF||Lehigh||March 26/March 30,31||Temple/Lafayette*|
|Justin Topa||RHP||LIU – Brooklyn||March 22/April 10||Lehigh/Villanova|
|John Ziznewski||SS||LIU – Brooklyn||March 22/April 10||Lehigh/Villanova|
|Nick Burdi14||RHP||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Chad Green||RHP||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Adam Engel||OF||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Dace Kime||OF||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Jeff Thompson||RHP||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Coco Johnson||OF||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Joe Filomeno14||LHP||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Dan Rosenbaum||3B||Louisville||May 3,4,5||Villanova|
|Nick Camastro||2B||Manhattan||April 27,28/May 5||St.Pete/Lafayette|
|Zak Blair||3B||Mercyhurst||March 30,||Indiana U of PA|
|Tim Mayza||LHP||Millersville||March 29/April 26||Bloom/WChester*|
|Zak Hermans||RHP||Princeton||April 13,14||Penn*|
|Alec Keller||OF||Princeton||April 13,14||Penn*|
|Tyler Servias14||C||Princeton||April 13,14||Penn*|
|Derek Lamacchia||RHP||Quinnipiac||May 16,17,18||Fairleigh Dickinson|
|Andrew Brockett||RHP||Richmond||March 28,29,30||LaSalle|
|Jerry Mulderig||RHP||Rider||Check Schedule||All Home Games|
|Alex Haines||LHP||Seton Hill||March 29,30||Pitt at Johnstown*|
|Justin Brantley||RHP||Siena||April 13/May 11,12||FairDick/St.Pete|
|Lou Trevino||RHP||Slippery Rock||March 9,10||Shippensburg|
|Patrick Peterson14||LHP||Temple||March 19/April 30||Lehigh/Villanova *|
|LJ Mazzilli||2B||Uconn||April 12,13,14||Villanova|
|Bill Cullen||OF||VCU||April 26,27,28||LaSalle|
|Ian Miller||OF||Wagner||March 15/16/17||LaSalle/SJU/Nova|
|John Farrell||RHP||William and Mary||March 15,16,17||Delaware|
|David Hickey||LHP||Yale||March 30,||Princeton|
|* denotes all home games within driving distance|
|14 denotes player is eligible for 2014 draft|
Obviously, I won’t make it to all these games, I’ll probably only get to see maybe fifteen of the 50 players listed above. I will, however, make it a point to publicize my road trips on Twitter. That way, should anyone want to come up and say hi or murder me with a rake because I’m only lukewarm on Cody Asche and hate the Phillies, you can feel free to do so.