When it comes to most professional American sports, the player draft for each individual sport is where close to 90% of potential players come from. Baseball is one of the few that players don’t necessarily come from the college amatuer player draft. They can come from Latin American countries and even Europe where the college draft does not apply to them.
Baseball is different than nearly all the other American sports in that it isn’t classed as a sport; its America’s Past Time. A great way to relax with a few friends, have a couple to drinks and enjoy the beauty and wonder that is baseball. On the flip side it is also a game of numbers. Average, On Base Percentage, Earned Run Average, Wins, Hits, Innings Pitched. Numbers control baseball because without numbers, baseball would have no meaning but, I digress. The purpose of this article to is ascertain why MLB teams still focus highly on players that perform well in the NCAA Division 1 and why they do not put more focus on certain wooden bat leagues that take place across American with the most famous being the Cape Cod Summer League.
Still to this day in 2012 the NCAA has allowed the use of metal bats in all three divisions. Not only are players bigger, stronger and faster than they have ever been before, the NCAA has updated with the times somewhat but, not enough. Metal bats provide players with the ability to exceed normal expectations and power numbers not to mention having potetially fatal occurances as well.
There have been many articles writen about how the introduction of the metal bat changing baseball. Increase in batting average, home runs as well as runs scored (for obvious reasons).
So my question to the MLB is, why focus on NCAA players averages and home run numbers when you know for a fact the players are being significantly helped by the metal bat? There are institutions around the United States and other countries where only wood bats are used so why not focus more on them?
Now, you may ask how a player gets invited to one of these leagues/teams such as the Cape Cod League. The Cape Cod League for example invites only the most premier player prospects from the NCAA to have a chance to test their skills in an entirely wood bat league. Many teams send scouts to look at these players over the summer months to see if they can really hit. Any decent amatuer baseball player can hit a 350ft home run with a metal bat but, can that same player generate the power necessary to do it with a wood bat? The sweet spot on a wood bat is around 2.5 inches (roughly the size of a baseball funny enough) and on the most premier metal bats, that sweet spot could be anywhere between 4-6 inches long allowing the batter to not actually get the whole pitch and still be able to do a lot of damage with it.
So I propose this to you NCAA College Baseball, why don’t you return to wood bats like you were up until 1974? It’s safer for one and it would give the players a chance to show the MLB what they can do right from the beginning instead of having to prove themselves in a short summer season (and that’s if they even get invited to one of those leagues).
But hey, I’m Luch and I know nothing