In driving through the parking lot Monday at St. Catharine College, the license plates of cars could be seen from at least 30 different states. Plates read Delaware, Texas, South Carolina, and New Jersey among others with closer proximity to Kentucky.
The visitors were all at Edelen-Haydon Field to take part in workouts hosted by the Major League Scouting Bureau. A total of 157 young men were following a dream of attracting a look from the major leagues to continue their baseball career.
“We will get players from all around the nation,” said MLSB coach Mike Childers. “Two years ago here we had a kid fly in from New Zealand.”
Pitchers were clocked on a radar gun as the scouts were generally looking for those throwing in the range of 90 mph. Position players were timed in the 60 yard dash and then showed off their throwing arms from their prospective positions. Players also took a few cuts at the plate to exhibit their batting prowess.
“There will be some who the scouts will continue to follow as they complete high school or college,” said St. Catharine head coach Luther Bramblett. “You don’t know who might come out of a workout like this. What I do know is there are were a lot of really good athletes on the field today.”