What do Pro Baseball Scouts Look for in an Athlete?

If your dream is to play in the major leagues, you’ll want to read this behind-the-scenes account from the perspective of an MLB baseball scout.

In this discussion with Rick Allen, Billy Gasparino, National Cross-Checker for the Toronto Blue Jays, talks about what a cross-checker is, how the pro scouts evaluate talent, what it takes to play baseball at the professional level, and what it’s like for the athletes during the season and the off-season.

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What do Pro Baseball Scouts Look for in an Athlete?

You’ll go behind the scenes & see what it’s like to be an MLB scout & how they evaluate talent.

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

2 Responses to What do Pro Baseball Scouts Look for in an Athlete?

  • Norm says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son is a baseball player and currently in the JUCO system as a non-qualifier. He will have the credits for his AA degree this fall. He is being heavenly recruited by D 1′s. I have heard that there is a semester limit coming from a JC to D I. Is that true? Also, if he transfers after the fall season can he transfer and play in the spring at a D 1?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Rick Allen says:


      NCAA Div. I has a rule that mid-year transfers can’t be immediately eligible in the Spring, but must wait until the following academic year before they can be eligible. A mid-year transfer can be immediately eligible at Div. II, but not at Div. I.


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