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Hyder's Highlights: Scout Day a success

Blue Raiders continue intrasquad scrimmages this week

September 23, 2013 · @MTAthletics

This week, Aaron Hyder recaps Middle Tennessee baseball's annual scout day activites. The Blue Raiders continue their fall intrasquad scrimmages this week.

HYDER'S HIGHLIGHTS: SCOUT DAY A SUCCESS

The Blue Raiders entered their first full week of team practice on Monday. The first two days of the week had a defensive focus. The coaches started applying the techniques for pitchers to hold on runners at second base, while also relaying how they should communicate with the middle infielders. The coaches also began implementing some basic bunt coverages that will be used in future scrimmages.

Wednesday and Thursday were set aside as intrasquad days. On Wednesday, all of the freshman and sophomore pitchers threw two innings each. Thursday was designated for the juniors and seniors to throw, so they could showcase their talents to Major League Baseball scouts.

SCOUT DAY

Scout Day only comes once a year, so the players are naturally a bit more juiced than normal. It is not every day that these guys get the chance to go out and showcase their skills in front of 20-25 MLB scouts. This is a day for scouts to come out and get an idea of who on the team has a chance to be drafted next summer. With that being said, this one day does not get a player drafted. It might get them put on a list to follow up with, but by no means is this the last chance to impress somebody. The players will have plenty more opportunities throughout the fall and spring to make impressions on scouts, but just not with this amount in the stands.

Scout Day begins with the position players running their 60. This is comparable to the 40-yard dash of football. After that, the position players get ready to take batting practice. Each hitter had a time slot of a minute to showcase their bats. After every hitter has completed their round, the team breaks down the batting practice setup for a round of infield. This allows players to display their arms from their primary position.

After that, it is go time. The pitchers are ready to roll, batters are ready to swing, and the managers are fixing up the field. Scout Day was very entertaining for the scouts in my opinion.

They got to see some quality arms throw while also witnessing some pop from the batters. It was a very Jekyll and Hyde scrimmage. For the most part, the pitchers had the upper-hand by controlling the pace of the game, but the hitters also notched five homeruns during the seven and a half inning intrasquad.

JUCO SHOWCASE

Friday and Saturday were set aside for the annual Tennessee Junior College Showcase. Many of the scouts from Thursday stick around to check out the local junior colleges from Tennessee. This is a good chance for these JUCO players to make an impact on 4-year schools they might want to attend or even impress a big league scout. Saturday's participants had to handle a little rain, but mother nature ended up cooperating.

KC ROYALS SCOUT TEAM

It was back to practice for Middle Tennessee on Sunday, but not before the Kansas City Royals Scout Team conducted their workout. This team is run by former Blue Raider, Jarrett England. They go through a similar pro-style workout on Sunday morning and then scrimmage each other. Scouts are usually present for this workout too.

Sunday wrapped up a busy week for the guys. They will continue the grind on Monday with another week of practice, which includes intrasquads all three days next weekend.

ELITE CAMP

Middle Tennessee baseball's annual Jim McGuire Elite Fall Camp is set for Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Blue Raider coaching staff and area college coaches will be on hand to instruct and evaluate campers. The day will consist of pro-style workouts, positional instruction and games. In addition, there will be tours of Reese Smith Jr. Field and discussions about MT's recruiting process.

Camp begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 6 p.m. with lunch included. Camp is open to grades 9-12 and cost is $135. For more information call 615-494-7762 or 615-494-8796.

JOHN STANFORD GRAND SLAM FISH FRY

For the 30th year, the tradition continues as the Middle Tennessee baseball team gears up for the annual John Stanford Grand Slam Fish Fry presented by Nissan of Murfreesboro. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. inside the Livestock Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

In addition to the traditional fried catfish, Cajun gumbo and hot dogs will also be served by the Krewe de Blue. The Russ & Becky Jeffers Country Band will be on hand to entertain the crowd. There will also be sports memorabilia items available for auction.

Tickets are $20 and children under six years old are admitted for free. Tickets are available by purchasing in person at the athletic ticket office located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium or calling 615-898-2103.

For more information, please call 615-898-2450. Proceeds from the John Stanford Grand Slam Fish Fry benefit the Blue Raider baseball program.

2013 FALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE

Sept. 23 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 26 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 - 3 p.m.
Sept. 28 - Noon
Oct. 1 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 4 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 6 - 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 8 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 10 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 16 - 3 p.m.

2013 BLUE-WHITE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Oct. 19 - Noon
Oct. 20 - 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 25 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Noon

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