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Rick Johnston | Jan 18, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Who Is To Say What Body Type a Baseball Player Is "Supposed" To Have?

"Big and imposing"

"Shows athleticism"

"Long frame"

"Broad shoulders"

"Thick trunk"

"Runs like a gazelle"

"Easy and fluid"

"Long and lean"

"Strong as a bull"

These are just a few scouting terms that are constantly used when players are being evaluated, whether considered draft potential or possible college type. Truly, though, who really knows what type of body can play the game? Who would have ever thought in the day of the big man, that you would ever see a Dustin Pedroia on the same field with a Frank Thomas? Now think about this for a moment, Pedroia, standing all of 5’8, 165lbs and Thomas, otherwise known as the Big Hurt, standing an imposing 6’5, 275lbs on the same field together, competing at the highest level of baseball.

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Topics: baseball coaching, myths, baseball scouting, baseball myths

Mike McCarthy | Nov 15, 2013 11:06:00 AM

Q&A w/ 2014 University of Houston Baseball Commit, Robert Grilli

Robert Grilli (@Grilli1) has been working with us at The Baseball Zone and SST Mississauga almost since we opened 10 years ago. He is currently a student-athlete at Salt Lake Community College in Utah patrolling the middle of the infield for the Bruins in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. He was named as a 2nd team Conference All-Star in his Freshman season with a .302 avg and a .962 fielding pct.

Robert recently committed to attend the University of Houston in the Fall of 2014 for which we'd like to offer him a huge congratulations. 

The Baseball Zone's Kevin Horton had a chance to sit down for an interview with Robert in the Spring of 2012 as he was finishing up his Senior season with the Ontario Terriers (@OntarioTerriers) baseball program and preparing to head to Salt Lake CC. Here are a few of the questions Kevin asked Robert:

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Topics: baseball strategy, baseball strength training, mental performance, Ontario Terriers Baseball, baseball practice, baseball scouting, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship

Richie Schueler | Jul 20, 2013 7:34:00 AM

Top 22 Recruiting Myths College Baseball Prospects Need to Know

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, university, myths, baseball scouting, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship

Rick Johnston | Jun 26, 2013 7:28:00 AM

In and Out Baseball Pregame - Open Up Some Eyes, Infielders!

Someone is always watching

As the game of baseball has progressed, so has the way in which coaches get the most out of their in and out baseball pregame. The purpose of the in and out prior to the game is for the defense to look sharp, professional and enthusiastic as the team makes final preparations for what each player hopes will be high quality performance. Additionally - and maybe even more important as players get older and competition becomes tougher - the primary objective then becomes more of an opportunity to show off the “tools” each player has in their tool box. That means showing off their arm strength and fielding ability to professional scouts, college recruiters, coaches and the opposition.  

One of the most awe-inspiring features of any in and out baseball pregame is watching fluid, sharp and crisp throws being made effortlessly around the infield with extreme pop and accuracy. In baseball, there is truly nothing more stimulating than witnessing perfect throws on line, with carry, promoting a smooth transition from the catch phase to the throw phase, as the ball moves efficiently around the infield. The impact of a brisk, high energy in and out can send riveting meaning to the opposition prior to any game.

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Topics: team Defence, baseball drills, throwing drills, baseball skills, throwing skills, infielding drills, defensive baseball, pregame drills, baseball scouting, in and out drill

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