Why nobody was rushing to sign Tim Tebow

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Let me begin this by saying that I am actually pulling for Tim Tebow and when I first saw the TMZ clip of him hitting in the cage, I thought there was a high probability that some team would sign him. The probability is still strong that a team does sign him, however, after seeing his workoutTebow1
I felt compelled to plug his numbers into our Online Evaluation Tool and show you exactly why no MLB scouts were falling all over themselves at the chance to sign him.

Tebow showed average arm strength from the outfield and though it wasn’t embarrassing, it limits his abilities as a Professional Outfielder.

Oddly enough, his running ability proved to be his second best quality as a baseball player. However, though good for the average Professional baseball player, as an Outfielder his 6.7 - 6.8 speed doesn’t stand out enough to overcome any other deficiencies.

The one thing everyone had already noticed prior to his workout was that he has definite power potential, and though he struggled with live pitching at the tryout, I believe he can improve his Hitting for Average in time with enough At Bats.

Finally, the one area where Tebow struggled the most was his fielding. Though he did catch the balls he was going after, his footwork and glove were below average for even a high school outfielder. This again is something that can definitely be improved with a bunch of repetition and some quality coaching, but at the expense of the time it takes to get up to speed.

This brings up probably the biggest thing against him... He is 29 years old, and I honestly believe that if he were given 5 Seasons of 500+ AB’s he would be able to fit in on a Professional Baseball field. That is not saying that he would be a Big Leaguer, there are way too many other variables which go into making it all the way to onto a Big League Roster, but I am saying that he would have a legitimate shot. The problem is he is not 20 years old where after his 5 years of development his tools will still be at their peak, he is 29, and by the time he gets the repetitions he is going to need, he will be in his mid 30’s and unfortunately his tools (which aren’t overly impressive to begin with) are going to be deminishing.

Tebow is the exact reason why this website was created... It does not give you sugar coated or biased feedback. It simply shows you where you fall against the competition you intend to try to compete against. Now Tebow is obviously among the most overall athletic people on the planet and with that athleticism alone it would allow him to play at a fairly high level right now. Our tool puts him in the range of where a 2nd Tier College Prospect would be, and that is not bad by any means. This is why there was enough for every MLB team (except for 2) to show up and give him a personal tryout. Now when it is all said and done, he will probably end up signing (if he hasn’t officially done so already), and though he will be given an opportunity to get the AB’s and outfield work he is going to need, it will be more for the publicity and attendance draw than it will be for his potential.

As I said from the beginning, I am actually pulling for Tebow, and though he will take a lot of grief from critics and even teammates who will feel like his celebrity is taking away their opportunity, if he is able to get up to speed quickly while the novelty of keeping him on the field is still there, he has a legitimate shot. The problem is, if he doesn’t get up to speed quickly, his celebrity isn’t that of Micael Jordan who could have played 20 years of mediocre ball and would have still sold out every stadium he ever played in, and he will be released the minute he isn’t selling extra tickets.


The Truth about Baseball Tryouts

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Spring… the season where we once again need to prove our worth as baseball players.  We will be timed, evaluated, scrutinized, and if deemed worthy, will win a spot on the team.  It may come as a surprise, but at least 80% of the team probably got determined after the first day of tryouts.  Coaches always tend to choose the players with the best tools first, and that takes a very short amount of time to find that out.  

In a tryout for a team which will have 15 total players on the roster, 12 spots will be determined after the first day.  The worst part is that the last three spots are probably only between 5 of the remaining players.  That means if there were 40 kids trying out, 23 players were already written off after the first day.  Though it may be obvious, the key is simply to be one of the 12 players who made the team after the first day and not one of the 23 who didn’t.  


Far too often I hear coaches utter a saying which makes my skin crawl and it usually starts with “You can’t teach...” and is followed by speed, power, arm strength, etc.  It drives me crazy because all skills can be improved!!! Maybe not from being below average to an elite level, but improved.  However, I do agree with the coach that he will not be able to do it... not while trying to coach a team through a season.  Improving your skills is not your coach’s responsibility… it is YOURS… and some of them take a lot of time and all of them take A LOT OF WORK!  

Too many players and parents have a terrible misunderstanding of what a coach is looking for when picking a team.  Having a great tryout is not just making contact with every ball in batting practice, stopping every ground ball, and catching every fly ball.  Though making every play at a tryout is good, it is much more complicated than that.  You see… baseball is a failure sport; so when a player makes a mistake, although a coach may be displeased, he does accept that it happens to even the best players. More often than not, fielding a ball successfully but with poor mechanics is more displeasing to a coach than kicking a ball while going after it in a more refined way.  In order to make a team, you don’t have to go through your tryout without making a mistake; you have to make your coach believe that throughout the entire season you will be the player that will make the least mistakes.  

I hear from parents all the time that their son didn’t get a fair shake and that the tryout process was “political”... Now I am not saying that every tryout is 100% unbiased, or that coaches never pick players simply because they like their parents...  I am saying that more often than parents would like to believe, their son just flat out wasn’t at the level he needed to be athletically to compete.  I know that may be a tough pill to swallow, but the sooner a player stops making excuses for why he got cut, and gets started working on his weaknesses, the better off he will be for the next time.

I decided a long time ago that I would work with every player that wanted my help.  As an instructor, it is very tempting to only work with extremely talented kids, and I have worked with quite a few players who moved on to play college and even Major League baseball.  Now, it may be perceived that since I worked with them… and since they went on to have much success… I must be a good instructor.  The truth is... Those are the easiest players to help!  For every player that moved on to play at higher levels, there are countless others who busted their butts for me year after year to simply go from kids that got cut from their little league teams to become starters on their high school team.

The first step in trying to achieve your goals is to get a true comparative evaluation to get an unbiased look at how you stack up against the other players your age.  This is a lot harder than it may sound because for some reason in this day and age, coaches do not provide honest feedback to players (especially the ones they just cut from their team).  Often any feedback they provide is sugarcoated to let a player down lightly and to also avoid overly protective parents who tend to go ballistic if anyone doesn’t think their son is as wonderful as they do.  

The online baseball evaluation tool on this website doesn’t care about your feelings.  It is going to compare your talents to everyone else out there, and it is going to give you an honest rating as to where you stand.  It may not tell you what you want to hear, but it is telling you what you may need to hear to get to where you want to go. It is an unbiased scale where you can measure yourself against your peers. It is not there to predict success or even failure... it just evaluates you the same way a coach who has never seen you play before would evaluate you... by your tools! 
Whatever your goal may be… whether it be making your high school team, playing in college, or to get drafted, it helps to know what the coaches ands scouts at each of those levels are first looking for.

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