We have been asked by a representative of the Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Miners, who also serves as an area scout for the Atlanta Braves, to announce a tryout on October 30, 2016. Here is the information and graphics provided by the Frontier League and the scout running the tryout:
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL TRYOUT – Palm Springs, CA
The tryout is open to anyone pursuing professional baseball.
Sunday October 30th, 2016
Registration begins at 10:00AM, the tryout will begin at 11:00AM
Palm Springs Stadium
The tryout is in conjunction with the Frontier League of Professional Baseball. In addition, there will be representatives from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves as well as from other affiliated and independent professional leagues. Participation in this tryout will cost $50 if you pre-register, or $60 at the tryout. For more information or to pre-register for the tryout by calling 760-778-4487
Here is a short documentary about players trying to make the Gary RailCats, a team which plays in the American Association.
It shows the challenges which players have when trying to make a team through an open tryout camp versus being signed directly as a result of a recommendation or being scouted by the team. You also get to hear from Greg, manager of the RailCats, and he gives some insights on what is being sought and how he thinks as a professional baseball field manager regarding signing new players.
The Rockford Aviators (formerly River Hawks) played in the Frontier League through the 2015 season, after which the team left the league. Here is a video from the team’s 2014 open tryout camp, and it shows a tryout in less-than-perfect weather:
This is good to know so that you can prepare ahead of time and train in bad weather. Since you may only get one chance to audition for a pro team then you want to be ready to have a terrific workout in front of a team’s coaching staff members regardless of the conditions.
Non-U.S. tryouts don’t happen very often due to logistics and budget reasons. When they do happen, however, there often is some good talent which shows up at these tryouts. The Major League Scouting Bureau (MLSB) sometimes has Canadian open tryout camps, and here is a video from one of the recent camps which took place in Montreal:
Here is a recap video of the 2016 California Winter League, the winter league with an official relationship with the Frontier League:
The video also features Barry Moss, one of the longtime pro baseball veterans who was interviewed for the podcast interview series you will receive when you sign up for the tryouts notification service. Steve Tahsler, from the Frontier League front office, is featured as well.
Bridgeport Bluefish manager, Ricky Vanasselberg, is shown working with catchers; and you will see more footage like this throughout the video.
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