One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to look at your son and give him an unbiased evaluation. Everyone thinks that their son is special and that he is going to be the next Albert Pujols. This, however, is not the case and the better and more honest evaluation you can give your son, the easier the recruiting process will be.
Here are a few ways to unbiasedly know where your son stands in baseball:
- Use data that is measurable and can be compared to other players: Being a baseball scout can be very challenging because of the many different aspects that go into a great baseball player. However, being able to find measurable tools and compare them to D1 level athletes is the easiest way to know where your son stacks up! You can measure his bat speed, arm speed, and foot speed very easily. We have written many articles on this before.
- Find a MLB scout or a college coach who is willing to give you his honest opinion: Unless you can find someone who you can pay who is NOT just going to tell you what you want to hear, you need to find an unbiased person who has nothing to gain financially from you returning for lessons or joining his team! Scouts and college coaches will usually be very upfront on exactly where he stands because that is their job!
As a player and as a parent, the MOST important thing you can do is be able to evaluate where you or your son stands in relationship to the level of baseball he wants to play! It is better to be TOO critical of your evaluation than too soft! Without knowing where your skills are, you cannot know where you can go!