Last May I wrote about their first event, and it is a real pleasure to report that on April 22, the North American Baseball League will hold its Second Annual All-Independent League tryout.
It’s hard to believe that the NAL is ready to begin its second season as North America’s “largest professional independent baseball league worldwide." With that comes the opportunity to add to a growing list of budding hopefuls with this second annual gathering.
The talent is indeed present; three players were ranked by Baseball America in their list of the Top 10 independent players in the game today, and with the success of last year's tryout (22 players signed professional contracts), this year’s version will more than likely have the same or even better results.
It is estimated that over 400 hopefuls will be in Pasadena, Ca., on April 22, and with representatives from every U.S. independent team in attendance, and with the Japanese independent leagues, the Mexican minor leagues and European leagues present, you are almost guaranteed that a scout will see you that day.
In addition “all MLB teams and the Major League Scouting Bureau have also been provided credentials."
If you are on the verge or think you have the talent to give this one more shot, why not at least attempt to participate? Look at the list of names that have come from playing indy baseball:
These are all players who had to, one way or another, take the indy route to reach their goals; myself included.
I went undrafted and had to attend an independent league tryout in O’Fallon, Missouri. And on that day, I caught the eye of the right people who gave me an opportunity and signed me to a professional contract on the spot.
That is what these tryouts are all about; an opportunity and the chance to be seen. Kudos to the NAL for all the work they are doing to ensure this league continues to flourish.
Eighteen percent of anything is a small percentage, but in this game, this means that talent is still slipping through the cracks, and you would be crazy not to make an appearance.
More details of the location will be released on the NAL website at a later date. For those interested, please click here for more information.
All information here was obtained first-hand.
Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective