The 8 things you NEED to get drafted to the MLB! [How To Get Drafted in Baseball]

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what's going on guys coach Matt an

official trainer

and today I want to talk about the 8

things that I believe that got me

drafted as a pitcher and this is a

little bit different video than normal

we're not talking about mechanics we're

not talking about velocity or pitching

accuracy but I think these eight things

at least for me everyone's gonna be

different but these eight things for me

I truly believe are what got me drafted

so if your ambitions are to play

professional baseball or even at the

collegiate level these 8 things still

play a part and playing college baseball

but these eight things I believe got me

drafted real quick before we get into

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let's get into it the 8 things that got

me drafted the first thing and I think

this is probably the most important and

the fundamental if you're truly if you

truly want to play at the highest level

of baseball or really any sport is

competitiveness I was always very very

competitive ultra competitive I wanted

to win every time we took the field no

matter whether it was the game winning

the game or winning that at-bat or

winning that pitch or or winning it even

in real life I'm competitive I'm

competitive with my siblings I'm

competitive with my friends I'm just

very very competitive I want to win and

everything I do even when I'm at the

grocery store with my wife and we've got

depth separate cars I'm like alright

I'll race you home ok you know

everything is a race everything is a

competition and I always want to win no

matter what

it is so I think having that in you or

trying to instill that in you is one of

the ways that can help you become

drafted I really think that that was a

big key factor of me being drafted

number two we talked about this one a

lot it's velocity and I think

city was a big reason why I got drafted

you know I was a sidearm pitcher

I threw a sinker but I threw this pitch

at 96 miles an hour so I think that was

a real reason one of the big reasons why

they drafted me because most most of the

time those guys that throw that sinker

pitch from from a deceptive arm angle

they don't usually throw as fast as a

traditional guy and for me to be able to

throw that pitch at 96 miles an hour and

really throw a power sinker not just a

big loopy one I think that was a huge

reason that got me drafted it was

something different you didn't see a lot

I made myself a commodity I made myself

you know supply and demand there wasn't

a lot of guys like me so that really

helped and it all came down to velocity

so if you're a guy who's struggling with

velocity you got to kind of figure that

one out because unfortunately it is the

way that we rank or scalped or evaluate

pitchers you know it's one of the ways

we can see the number on the gun is a

true number and it's gonna you know tell

us how fast you're throwing so obviously

the faster you can throw the better the

chance you're going to have a being

drafted if you throw 95 and there's

another guy that throws 92 and you guys

are exactly the same obviously they're

gonna take the guy that throws 95 so the

faster the better and I really think

this was a big reason that I was drafted

number three is movement movement on the

pitches and I had a lot of movement and

I had a lot of late movement and I had a

lot of downward movement and I think

downward movement is important because

that misses the plane of the swing guys

swing on a plane and if the ball is

moving downward it's a lot harder for

them to adjust in the middle of a swing

and hit that pitch and then also late

movement is makes it even harder for

them because if it's moving early for

example if you're a guy that throws a

curveball and it breaks real early and

it's big

guys see it early so they have time to

adjust and get on playing with it and

make a good hit but if your pitches are

coming straight and then breaking at the

last second and moving a lot then it's a

lot tougher to hit so if your

working on getting more movement on your

pitches try to get more depth more

downward movement versus side to side

and also try to make that movement later

one tip that I got for you guys to make

the movement happen later is to throw it

hard or throw it with more effort so if

you're throwing again a curveball I

didn't throw a curveball I threw a

sinker slider and a fork ball but let's

just for example say you're throwing a

curveball if you're throwing that

curveball and you kind of flip it in

there and you're about 80% effort

those are the ones that break early and

break big but if you throw that ball

with max effort a lot of times it's

going to be a little bit sharper and

break later so try to put a little bit

more effort on it and have that good

grip and grind and release as you throw

that ball and the fourth thing that I

think really played a role in me getting

drafted was my RA my earned run average

really stats in general like if you're

able to put up some good stats then

you're gonna catch more eyes and that's

exactly what I did with my IRA I led the

nation at Division one baseball at

Auburn University I lived the entire

nation in ER a until the very last game

that I pitched and I pitched against

Alabama I was an Auburn guy I pitched

against Alabama and gave up seven earned

runs and I think it was seven in the

last game of the season after leaving

the whole nation in ER a all year and I

still ended up top ten in the ER a but I

was crushed after that game let me tell

you something but I think I caught a lot

of scouts eyes by having such a low-key

RA for a long time also I had the most

appearances in collegiate baseball that

year I had a lot of saves a lot of holds

so I was putting up numbers you know

numbers do nothing but help of course

it's great to have the physical

abilities throw fast beat you know have

those the movement on the pitches but if

you can have numbers to back the

abilities up then you just make yourself

so much more marketable so much more


so put up those numbers and try to

dominate those hitters is all I can tell

you number 5 is sign ability now this

one gets talked about a lot when it

comes down to draft being draftable

and your sign ability just really is

term that scouts use and organizations

use to find out how easy you'll sign for

right they don't want to get a guy they

don't want to go after a guy or spend a

lot of time money effort going after a

guy who's probably not going to sign

right so sign ability is something that

they look at when they're drafting guys

and I think I was very sizable first of

all I was a senior side so I didn't

really have any leverage I couldn't what

am I gonna say

oh yeah I'm gonna go be a truck driver

after college no thanks I don't want to

play professional baseball so I was

pretty sizable in that regard also I was

pretty laid back when they talked about

rounds and thing don't ask you you know

what would you sign for how you know how

much would you sign for they'll ask you

all these questions if they're

interested in drafting you and I was I

kind of played the role of I just want

to play baseball you know I love

whatever team I was talking to whoever

whatever Scout was across the table from


hey I love the Nationals I just want to

play baseball I would love to be a

national you know the Padres Hey I love

the Padres I just want to play

professional baseball you know if you

gave me a shot I would be so grateful

now on the other end of that I had an

advisor who would you know put him a

little work behind the scenes and we're

gonna talk a little bit more about that

but for the most part I was very

sizeable they thought they could sign me

for you know whatever slop money is what

they call it that they drafted me in it

I was slotted between the fifth and the

seventh round and I ended up getting

drafted in the eighth round which wasn't

too bad because guys who are not signing

well sometimes they drop you know to

20th round thirtieth round way down

there so I was happy with being drafted

in the eighth round the sixth thing I

had going for me was size obviously I'm

a pretty big dude of 6-4 I played at

between 230 and 240 pounds you know as I

was a dick and I think that played a

role in it you know I was big I looked

durable and I was durable I led the

nation and appearances and relief relief

inning pit innings pitched in college so

you know I think that is a it's it's not

gonna do anything but help you now again

I don't want to say that you know size

plays a role in

being drafted or not but I think it does

help you Nick Shaw and I Nick Shaw was a

former Brewers middle infielder and he

comes on the YouTube channel every once

in a while and shoots some videos and we

shot a video talking about this size

matter in baseball and that's a great

video that you guys want to watch if you

haven't watched that one already I'll

leave a little card that pops up or a

link down in the description but Nick's

a little bit smaller of a guy in fact he

was like 5 3 when he got into high

school so we kind of talked about the

different aspects of trying to play at

the highest levels as a smaller guy and

as a bigger guy so that's a great video

if you haven't watched that one

definitely go check that out but again I

really think that all things equal being

bigger is better and if you're tied with

another guy if I was going against

another pitcher and we were pretty

similar across the board and I was 6 4

and he was 5 8 they're probably gonna go

with the 6-4 guy number 7 is athleticism

I really think that athleticism had a

big role in me being drafted I was a

very athletic pitcher now sometimes you

see pitchers who aren't very athletic

they can't feel the position they can't

move very well but I was not that I was

very very athletic I could dunk a

basketball Duke you know 360 dunks

between the legs all kinds of stuff so

being athletic was very huge for me

because I think first of all it helped

me be able to pitch as fast as I did

being an athlete and secondly you know I

was able to get off the mound and make

some plays and that's important to when

they're looking at you and I think it

kind of just ties into the overall

picture of like oh this guy's an athlete

he's big he throws fast he's an athlete

you know you're just attacking on these

things that they're that they can say oh

this guy's pretty legit and I think

being an athlete is a good one to have

tacked on when those Scouts are looking

at you so I think one thing also that we

do wrong in baseball sometimes it's

sometimes we focus too much on the

skills aspect of the game when we should

be focusing on like strength and

lettuce ISM and if we focus on that more

then the skill stuff is gonna be a lot

easier we're gonna be better at it but

we really need to focus on stuff in the

weight room first and then obviously

like speed agility

plyometrics things that promote promote

athleticism because again I think that

was a very huge reason why I was drafted

now number eight I had an advisor and I

think this really helped you're gonna

you know when you get to this level and

you're and you're thinking about being

drafted you're gonna talk about you know

whether you should have an agent by the

way an eight an advisor isn't agent you

just can't call him an agent until he

actually signs the paperwork or until

you're a professional athlete because

it's against the rules or something

whatever it is I don't know but you can

have a family advisor help you with that

and then once you sign he becomes your

agent so it's the same thing just a

different term as far as time when they

are called an agent versus and advisor

before the draftees is your advisor

after the draft he is your agent and you

have to pay him so that's why it's kind

of like do I want an advisor do I want

an agent because I'm gonna have to pay

him usually typically it's three to five

percent you know so some guys are just

finding lawyers now which is smart

because you're gonna save a whole bunch

of money especially for your high draft

pick you're gonna save three to five

percent and you're just gonna play off

pay a flat fee for a lawyer but a lawyer

is not going to be out there in the

stands chopping it up with these Scouts

and find it out if I didn't have an

advisor I didn't know I I wouldn't have

known that I was slotted between the

fifth and seventh round you know that

advisor was talking to those agents and

another reason that I liked having an

advisor is because he's staying in this

Scouts here so the scouts here in my

name all the time you know not only

because I'm putting up those numbers and

I'm a good player but now he's reminded

that Scott has always reminded because

my agents hitting them up excuse me my

advisor at the time is hitting him up so

I think it's very beneficial you know my

aunt my aunt Barbara is actually a shark

on the shark tank

Barbara Corcoran and you know when I was

about to get drafted my mother called

her it's my mother's sister and was like

you know what do you think should we get

the should we get the advisers we get


she's like absolutely you're about to

step into a whole new ballgame and you

need someone to have your back so again

I was happy about making that decision I

was happy with my advisor he was a great

agent when he was an agent and then when

you get into pro ball he's gonna send

you a bunch of gear too so it's it's

pretty beneficial you just have to weigh

the options but I think he was a big

reason that I was able to get drafted in

the higher rounds I hope you guys liked

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