Major League Baseball open tryouts used to be the main source teams used to pick up players. But with the draft and advanced scouting, that’s all changed.
Even so, the Atlanta Braves are still one of the few teams that hold open scouting sessions for aspiring players.
Every year, hundreds of baseball players come out to open tryouts hoping that it’s their named being called up to the next level.
Starting with the 60 yard sprint, to basic level drills. Just looking to impress scouts like Hugh Buchanan.
“Even though the draft occurred a couple of weeks ago. we still have a few roster positions opened. and occasionally we have individuals who get hurt on the clubs that we already got. and so it gives us a chance to go ahead and fill rosters out,” he says.
This year, roughly 50 athletes came out to CVCC to take their swing in front of scouts. Some looking for more practice, and others like Tyler Cadenhead, former Glenwood high school star are just looking for feedback.
“I’m coming out here for experience just to see what they’ll say. what they’re scouting report will be about. what i need to work on, what i need to do to be able to go to the next level after college hopefully,” says Cadenhead.
For players, like Columbus State’s Michael McClellan, who didn’t get didn’t drafted, it’s a way to get back in front of scouts and hopefully learn why he didn’t get picked.
“You know it kind of hurt me at first. I was kind of hurt. but you know everything happens for a reason. And I truly believe in that. So it made me work harder, made me hit harder, made me work harder in the gym even better. you know, it happens, but it’s a good thing,” says McClellan.
The day comes and goes, but the dream always lives on. The odds are against these players joining major league baseball. Vincente Andrews has been away from competitive baseball for four years… But the game always calls him back to the field.
“Every day I still think about it. I miss it. It’s my first love, I’ve been playing since I was 5. So that’s what it is; the love for the game,” says Andrews.