MLB Prospect Goes Undrafted After Scouts Find Out His 13U Team Had a Losing Record
SECAUCUS, NJ—An MLB prospect learned a hard lesson yesterday after his name was not called during the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Despite being ranked the 10th best left-handed pitcher in the prospect pool, Jeff McCarthy went undrafted after scouts discovered his 13U travel team was terrible.
The Dallas native went 11-1 with a 1.20 ERA for Dallas Baptist University this past year, and topped out at 94mph. Standing at 6’2, 210 lbs, many scouts expected him to be on the fast track to the Big Leagues upon being drafted. The talented lefty was blacklisted, however, when scouts found out his travel team, the Dallas Athletics, suffered a 23-51 record in 2011.
“We’re looking for winners,” explained an associate scouts for the Angels, “And unfortunately for him, we know that once you’re a loser you’re always a loser.”
The Dallas Athletics are now reconsidering their approach to player development after this week. The program has always been marked by strong coaching and an emphasis on development over winning. However, it is becoming more and more evident that the “win first” mentality is exactly what the MLB scouts are looking for.
In an effort to put their players in a better position for success, the Dallas Athletics are planning on changing their name to the “Dallas North All-Star Elite Gold A” and spend less time on player development and more time on coaching to win.
McCarthy is planning on playing independent baseball until an MLB team decides to take a chance on him. We wish him all the best.