Baseball is a mental game and recruiting is a mental process as well. So does navigating the recruiting process come naturally for baseball players? Maybe not–but that’s what 2aDays is here for. Check out our five tips for success in your baseball recruiting process.
Tip one: Love the game
Getting recruited for baseball is a very complex system. Recruits look at things like being a 5-tool player. speed, power, hitting for average, fielding, and arm strength. If you love the game and love every second of the process these tools will come with the hard work and dedication of the game. That is how those tools can be portrayed on the field. If you don’t love the game then it will show on the playing field and recruiters will see that.
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Tip two: Do your drills
Baseball is a game of repetition and the only way to excel in the game is through many drills. From soft toss, batting practice and tee work, if you repeat these drills it will show positively in your at bats. Never think that just because you are naturally gifted you can be great because there is always someone out there working harder than you and taking those extra swings in the cage. Repeat, repeat, repeat and you will become a better hitter at the plate.
Tip three: Take care of your body
Whether it be in the weight room, making clean meals or sprint drills, every recruit and that goes for any sport needs to take care of their bodies. Sitting on your butts and eating potato chips will not help your performance but eating healthy and staying active will make your stock as a recruit go up.
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Tip four: Be a student of the game
Baseball is an intricate sport. Whether you are a hitter studying your pitchers or a pitcher studying how your opponents hits it will help so much to be prepared for your opponent. This preparation will show positively on the field. If the major leaguers study their opponents then so should the recruits that are striving to be in the MLB.
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Tip five: Stay positive
Recruiting can be an emotional process with lots of ups and downs, so it’s important to never get too high or too low. Baseball has a way of bringing out the worst in your game and losing your temper will not help that. It’s the same with the recruiting process: Every new at bat and every new recruiting opponent needs to be a fresh start. Starting over will only help your performance and show the colleges that you never let your head get the best of you.
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* Originally published on March 1, 2023, by 2aDays Staff