ET Baseball: Hallsville hosting Tampa Bay Rays camp
By by Nathan Hague
June 16, 2017 at 11:46 p.m.
Major League Baseball held its draft about five days ago but those who hope to still land a roster spot on a pro team will have a chance to get looked at by pro scouts Thursday when Hallsville hosts a Tampa Bay Rays tryout camp.
"It's great because first of all, it's an opportunity to get an evaluation from a pro scout," Hallsville head baseball coach Scott Mitchell said. "Several pro scouts will be there and there will be some colleges there as well. Kids who are looking for a place to play who haven't found one yet, or we've got some guys who have graduated from college that maybe didn't go in the draft this week, maybe they're looking to get signed as a free agent or for these young kids, 15, 16, 17 years old, they can get evaluated and get their name out there because Pat (Murphy) is a scout for the whole state of Texas. He scouts not just high schools but all colleges so he's being contacted all the time by college coaches saying, 'Hey Pat, have you seen a high school kid out there that I need to know about?' He's got all the information so it's a great opportunity to get seen and get exposure."
The scouts will evaluate players on their running, throwing, pitching, fielding and hitting. Athletes between the ages 16-21 are encouraged to attend.
Other than being the head coach of the Bobcats, Mitchell is a scout for the Rays, and with the exception of a couple rainouts, the camp has been held for nearly 20 years.
"I've been an associate scout with the Rays since 1999, so however many years that's been, so it's been about 19 years," Mitchell said.
The camp is a win-win for athletes, schools and the Rays, as it has helped several players earn a roster spot.
Former Bobcat Cody Rogers signed with the Rays. Tyrell Jenkins went through the camp and last year was called up to the Atlanta Braves. Trevor Petersen, who played for Hallsville, was drafted by Tamp Bay in 2009.
About 40 players signed up for last year's camp. Registration for this year's camp is slated for 8:30 a.m. and the evaluations will begin at 9 a.m.