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Baseball Hosts 12th Annual Scout Day Event
Bearcats work out in front of 17 MLB representatives at new complex
October 3, 2013Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball hosted its 12th Annual Scout Day Tuesday afternoon, welcoming representatives from 17 Major League Baseball organizations to BU’s new state-of-the-art complex. The turnout was the highest in many years, a nod to the team’s history of success and a steady string of draft picks and professional signees.
Scouts from the following teams were in attendance: Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies as well as the MLB Scouting Bureau.
Head coach Tim Sinicki and his staff ran the 2014 team through an orchestrated workout that included the 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing, pre-game infield/outfield, batting practice, catchers throwing to second base and pitching bullpen sessions.
“This is always an outstanding opportunity for the players in our program to showcase their skills to the professional scouts,” Sinicki said. “It’s extra special today because we have a high number of scouts in attendance and also because we get to host the event at our new field, which makes for a fabulous setting.”
In the last seven years, 17 Bearcats have signed professional contracts, highlighted by former ace and current MLB starter Scott Diamond, who has 12 wins with the Minnesota Twins this summer. Former America East Pitcher of the Year Murphy Smith was an all-star at Oakland’s Double-A level and 2012 graduate Mike Augliera was drafted in the fifth round by Boston and started a promising career with the Red Sox Single-A affiliate.
“As a program, we are committed to providing our players with the necessary opportunities for exposure to professional scouts through events like this, a challenging non-conference schedule and the always-demanding America East schedule,” Sinicki said. “I am grateful to the organizations who came to campus today and know that these gentlemen walked away with a good impression of our guys and our program. I’m sure we will see many of them back at our games in the spring.”
Though not at liberty to comment directly about individual prospects, the scouts were complimentary about Binghamton’s track record of producing quality players.