A. The most important things to evaluate on any player are his physical tools. For a position player, that is his hitting ability, fielding ability, speed/range, power potential and arm strength. For a pitcher, it is evaluating his delivery and arm action, along with his selection of pitches (i.e. fastball, curveball, changeup, etc.). A scout is also evaluating how much better he thinks a player is getting with normal growth and hard work (i.e. his projectability) for his body type and athleticism. Attention is definitely paid to a player’s intangibles as much as possible (i.e. hustle, character on and off the field, etc.). One thing that is not especially important is performance, because anything can happen at a short showcase event.
A. Top Prospect showcases target upcoming seniors. We have stricter guidelines for inviting or approving players for these showcases and often require players to have been seen by PG staff or other reputable sources.
A. There are some showcases that attract hundreds of scouts and college coaches and there are some that will have much fewer. The most important thing to keep in mind is that thousands of colleges and all MLB teams utilize Perfect Game’s website as an important scouting tool.
A. PG dedicates our service not only to the players but to the scouts and college coaches. It starts with only inviting players that we think recruiters would want to see. Having prospects at our events and on our website increases their exposure to scouts and college coaches and allows the scouting community to utilize PG as an important scouting tool.
A. PG scouts take notes on players at our tournaments, but it is at the showcase where we get more detailed information on each of the participants. Whatever activity the prospect is involved with on the field, our scouts watch and record detailed notes. During the workout sessions, we record 60-yard dash times and every throw from the infield, outfield and behind the plate gets radar-gunned. Catchers get their pop times recorded and pitchers get evaluated and their velocities recorded during scrimmage play. We video tape the workout portion of the showcase and video clips will be posted along with a comprehensive written report and PG grade on our website, which are heavily followed by college coaches and scouts. If you are looking for the highest level of exposure, you will want to attend a Perfect Game showcase.
A. Every participant at a Perfect Game showcase will be provided the opportunity to take part in a workout session, which typically includes a 60-yard dash and infield, outfield and catching throws to measure arm velocities, along with a batting practice session. Prospects will be divided into teams and full-length games (usually 10 innings) will be played to provide pitchers an opportunity to get in front of college coaches and scouts and give position players an opportunity to perform in game situations.