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I will be 27 as of December 4th 2014. I played college baseball at The Florida Institute of Technology from 2006 - 2010 and had really good offensive numbers while I was there. Unfortunately, I was never drafted and I began to try my luck at showcases. Again, no luck.  My downfall, from what I could gather, was that I didn't fit the prototypical 1st baseman, which is where I played in college. I didn't hit for quite the power they look for at that position and they didn't really care about a sub 7 60 yard time because I played 1st base. Currently, I coach at a high school and do private hitting instruction, so I am teaching the game all the time. However, I have not played competitively for a while. I still believe I have all the tools to play professionally but I know my age at this point could cause a problem. My questions for you are... Do I have a shot at professional baseball? Is it possible that I was overlooked because of position? If I went to a showcase as a left fielder and threw 90+ from the outfield, swung the stick with good contact and good power, and ran a sub 7 60 yard dash would I get a good look even if I am 27?

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mike,

i hate to be the bearer of bad news but as much as you love to play and probably dream of playing pro ball, i don't think you would make it. you weren't able to do it in college, you're about 5 years older and you aren't playing competitively. I don't really know the specifics of your situation so i don't really want to say; sure, it's very possible you were over looked because of your position. there are many, many factors involved so i really don't know. another big factor is your age. it's funny to say this but at 27 you're too old.
if you really love to play, i'd try out for an independent team or baseball club in your area. 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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