Students with dreams of playing professional baseball are increasingly heading for community colleges. According to an article by Chuck Carree in Wilmington, North Carolina Star-News:
More players are transferring out of Division I programs to junior colleges to not interrupt their careers, rather than sit out a season by switching to another Division I team.
Scouts acknowledge seeing more junior-college transfers than in previous years and often see players opt for community colleges before either signing a professional contract or re-emerging at another Division I program.
Scouting for professional baseball works a little differently than that for, say, basketball and football. In baseball, players are often drafted out of high school.
Part of this may have to do with the nature of a sport that primarily takes place in the summer. Surely you know about your college’s basketball or football team, but did they even have a baseball team, do you remember?
Those baseball players who go to college often find that their chances to play, or get scholarships, aren’t so great. At a Division I school baseball players discover that the pressure to win there is so great that they never really get a chance to play, dooming their chances to really develop a successful career.
When they go to community colleges at least they get a reliable chance to play, plus the schools are cheaper. This can increase their chances of getting drafted after a few years. [Image via]