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Summer showcases are critical opportunities for players to earn a college scholarship or impress a pro scout enough to hear their name on called draft day.
Every showcase is a chance for players to display their most valuable skills they have to offer future coaches and professional organizations.
The 5 Tools are:
3. Hit for Average
4. Hit for Power
Un-official 6th tool: “Make Up”
* Not an official tool but every coach and scout includes this in their evaluation. I’ll cover this in another post.
Players are evaluated on a 20-80 scale which is similar to a 1-10 scale.
The 20-80 scale maxes out at 80, and and bottoms out at 20.
Every MLB scout uses the 20-80 scale.
A player graded 80 on their “Hit for Power” tool means they have Hall of Fame Power. On the flip side a player graded at 20 means they probably can’t hit the ball out of the infield. 50 means average.
Each showcase has “mini-events” to test each skill in order for each player’s skill level to be properly assessed.
1. Run – 60 Yard Dash, Home to 1st
2. Defense – Grounders or fly balls at their position.
3. Hit for Average – Batting Practice
4. Hit for Power – Batting Practice
5. Throwing Velocity – Each player is typically required to make the longest throw from their position. SS in the hole, 3B all the way back from the outfield grass. OF will execute do or die throws to home plate simulating an attempt to gun a runner down attempting to score.
Some of the events are scored objectively such as the 60 yard dash & throwing velocity on the radar gun. Now most showcases have started to evaluate exit velocity off the bat as a way to measure bat speed.
Other tools are evaluated from a subjective standpoint, such as hit for average, defense, and throwing accuracy.
The coach or scout relies on years of evaluating players to come to a decision on their 20-80 scale.
If you don’t get contacted by the schools or pro scouts after the showcase that typically means you need to get working.
There are exceptions, but it’s never a bad time to start working hard if you aren’t already.
We had a sports psychologist talk to us when I was playing in the minors for the Padres organization and he addressed the definition or work ethic.
He was nearing retirement and in his upper 60’s. The Doc was filled with years upon years of experience, knowledge, and wisdom.
The #1 topic he addressed with us was what we, the player, believed “hard work” was. He said this was the most disagreed upon topic he had seen in professional baseball.
The gist of his talk was that you probably aren’t working as hard as you think you are. Everyone thinks they work hard, but the players at the top are typically the guys who work the hardest. Most players at the top don’t consider “hard work” as work. They have the approach that work is a fun challenge instead of a chore.
Start training your muscles to be more explosive. Stop running distance. If you want to be fast then you have to train fast. I have a full 60 Yard Dash Program available as a part of my 6 Pillar Annual Training Program . The program is designed by world class speed training expert Jack Cascio. He has seen players drop their 60 time by as much as 1 second from using this revolutionary program.
Practice, practice, practice. Defense starts with your footwork. If your footwork is off then you most likely aren’t fielding the ball cleanly and consistently, and even worse your throws will be all over the place.
Focus on the footwork, agility, and overall athleticism.
Start with the fundamentals of the swing. My best suggestion is to follow the full program I’ve built called the ABC’s of The 5 Tool Hitter. It’s designed for players below the age of 10, but can be applied to players all the way up to the MLB. The swing is build on fundamentals that you can learn at an early age.
These concepts are not complicated, but they are incredibly powerful.
Having a LOUD bat is one of the quickest ways to impress a college coach or a professional scout. Players who have serious bat speed separate themselves and stick out from the crowd.
For players struggling with creating power I suggest three main adjustments.
1. Start training your body to be more explosive.
2. Maximize the amount of power you can generate from the lower half of the swing.
3. Work in creating more precision in your swing
I cover my step by step approach to all three power adjustments in my program called The 30 Day Bat Speed Cure. You can check it out here, or get it for free by joining The 6 Pillar Annual Training Program.
Find an arm strengthening program you are comfortable with. I currently don’t have anything up, but if you are interested in learning more about an arm care program I endorse then fill out the form below. It will take you to a form where you can sign up so you are notified when I release videos on improving arm strength.
In addition to training your arm it’s important to build the strength, power, explosiveness, and flexibility in the rest of your body. I highly recommend using the Slash Your 60 Yard Dash Program or The Twice The Speed Training System which you get free access to as a part of The Elite Baseball Mentoring Program.
Until Next Time…
Connor Powers is a former Professional Baseball Player (Padres Organization 2010-2013) who has a passion for teaching others how reach their goals in the game of baseball. Since 2012 Coach Powers he has had his YouTube videos viewed over 3.3 Million times and has over 24,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His specialties are maximizing bat speed, improving batting average, and taking hitters from average to elite.
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