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Hi Tom, I graduated from High school June/2013..I am 18yrs old, and going to community college near my house.  I played HS ball all 4yrs, made all-district team Junior & Senior year.  How would i go about getting college coaches to give me a shot at playing ball at the next level?  And also how do i find independent teams to play with to keep up my skills.  I live in Houston Texas.  

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Matthew,

my first question is do your skills and stats warrant a shot? first of all, you need to be in the school first before you can try out for the team. i suggest you pick a school and talk to the coach. question him and get as much info as you can so if you decide to speak with another college coach, you'll be better prepared...as far as playing independent ball, just google independent baseball teams in your area and call them to ask about try outs. good luck?

tom

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Originally, i started doing this because I became engrossed researching prospects for a fantasy baseball league. Back then all I really wanted to do was answer questions about baseball prospects. Funny how time flies but fifteen years later I have been asked questions regarding the negro leagues, what minor leaguers get paid, why players don't rub their injury when they get hurt, and how players can tryout for the minor leagues to name only a few. I was recently in correspondence with a father of a marine who lost several fingers while in Iraq; he was later drafted by the Padres and is playing in their minor league system. Additionally, I get a lot of questions from guys asking me if i think they can be successful at these tryouts or if they should tryout at all. I do my best to answer every one's question without overstepping my bounds of knowledge. *sometimes i have to tell people that I just can't answer their question.* And sometimes I have to tell people that they just aren't good enough to be a professional ball player.* Most recently i have received two negative feedbacks from people who didn't like my response. one 30 year old guy who hadn't played since he was a teenager asked me if he really had a shot at making the tryouts. realistically, i said no. i guess he didn't appreciate my bluntness but that was the truth. I am not really an 'expert' in anything. I just answer people's inquires, give some conservative, advise or tell them 'I don't know.' After fifteen years I have realized that i do fulfill most questions satisfactorily which keeps me doing this.

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