Top American baseball prospects get more exposure to a certain grind that I feel is overlooked when it comes to a player’s development. Many of them travel alone to showcases and tournaments, which allows these players to get used to being away from home. The same goes for college prospects, who are used to being away from home for four years. I’m usually not one that harps on intangibles but used to being away from your family for an extended period of time is something that will help a prospect progress or flame out in Low-A ball. Two years ago, Redlands East Valley pitcher Griffin Murphy’s father trained him to travel alone to showcases, and Murphy himself stated that by being able to fend for himself, helped him develop maturity and the ability to cope with being on his own.
Why am I bringing all of this up? I’m trying to help everyone understand that it’s not just baseball that these prospects from the Dominican have to deal with. I can never put myself in their shoes, and I won’t even pretend like I can. What I can try to do is understand where they are coming from, what they have to deal with, and help educate everyone else on the subject by writing about them. I couldn’t imagine dealing with what these kids do at their young age and for that, they have my respect.