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Scott Boras Presents Plan For 25 Scholarships
- By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
- Editor/Collegiate Baseball
- (From Jan. 27, 2012 Edition)
- ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Scott
Boras, the most powerful agent in sports, gave a riveting presentation at
the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Anaheim on how every
NCAA Division I baseball program can fund 25 full scholarships for athletes.
- He firmly believes that
Major League baseball would be interested in listening to a plan to pump
money into these programs for additional scholarships since revenue on the
professional level has shot up from $400 million in 1980 to over $8 billion
during the past year.
- Currently NCAA Division I
baseball programs can give a maximum of 11.7 scholarships.
- Boras also feels that
college baseball coaches must govern baseball at a more pro-active level to
keep young baseball players in the game instead of turning to other sports.
He also delved into a serious problem in college baseball regarding a lack
of certified baseball trainers, strength and conditioning people, doctors
and surgeons and how they can be found instead of being forced to use
football specific professionals.
- "You may think that
professional baseball in effect runs baseball," said Boras in front several
thousand coaches at the Anaheim Convention Center.
- "But in my opinion, I
believe that we must begin a legacy of college coaches governing baseball.
When you think about this, I want to tell you about your role in
professional baseball and what you mean to the Major Leagues.
- "In 1980, Major League
baseball was a sport that had roughly $400 million in revenue. In 1990, that
figure went up to $1 billion. In 2000, it was $3 billion. And today, that
figure is $8 billion. A lot of people think that scouting and high school
baseball has a great role in this.
- "But when you look at the
numbers, there are 827 Major League players. Overall, 52 percent of all
Major League players were former college baseball players while only 26
percent were signed out of high school. Another 22 percent are international
- "This illustrates what a
college coach does in grooming an athlete because there are nearly double
the number of college baseball players in Major League baseball compared to
high school players. When you bring out the fact that college coaches donít
bring in the top athletes that are available for their programs in the
draft, the numbers are even more telling.
- "We found that 79 percent of
college first round picks reach the Major Leagues for at least a day.
- "That compared to 62 percent
of high school first rounders who reach the Major Leagues for a day which is
a 17 percent difference.
- "When you look at those
players who achieve six years in the Major Leagues and become free agents,
you are talking about 42 percent of college first rounders who become six
year Major League players.
- "In the draft as a whole,
less than one percent of drafted players ever become six year Major
- "The figure for high school
first round players is 32 percent who become six year Major League players.
There is a 10 percent difference compared to college first rounders.
- "So when you are recruiting
athletes and talking about their choices, college baseball is clearly the
best way and highest percentage for an athlete to achieve success in the
- "If you want to look at it
monetarily, elite high school players receive welcome bonuses. But for those
athletes who aspire to be the best in the Major Leagues and receive the
highest bonuses, it is astounding what players have received right out of
college when looking at $6 million signing bonuses.
- "Gerrit Cole was a first
round pick out of high school and then became the first player chosen in the
2011 draft (UCLA). He received nearly double the bonus he was offered out of
high school. Anthony Rendon (Rice) was a 27th round pick in high
school and became a first rounder out of college. Stephen Strasburg (San
Diego St.) and Dustin Ackley (North Carolina) were not drafted out of high
school. These athletes received some of the highest signing bonuses in the
game out of college.
- "If you look at $5 million
players in the Major Leagues, they must be pretty special players. Not many
reach this status. To achieve this level, you must be a very accomplished
player. When you look at the numbers, there are 30 college players in the
Major Leagues who are making $5 million or more who werenít drafted until
after the 10th round. Mind you, there are only 84 $5 million
college players and 64 $5 million high school players in the Big Leagues."
- More On The Scott Boras
Plan: The complete story is available in the Jan. 27, 2012 issue of
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