So many high school prospects tell us that they only want to play Division 1 baseball. One should not be disappointed if they do not receive a Division I offer during their senior year. Division II, III and Junior College ball is certainly not a step down. Our experience is that players get drafted at every level. We have seen junior college players that also throw 94 MPH, run the 60 in 6.4 seconds, or hit a baseball 360-450 feet. If you get selected to play at a 4-year school, and you’re going to get playing time, by all means- take it! However, if that is not the case, a Junior College may be a better option for you.
Junior College Baseball is one of the best kept secrets in the world! Instead of sitting on the bench your first year, you can play right away. You will also learn from outstanding junior college coaches, making it easier for you to get selected to play at a 4- year school. You are also eligible for the draft after your first year of playing junior college ball. If you opt to play at a 4-year school, you are not eligible for the draft until after your third year in college.
Bryce Harper fully understood the value of playing junior college baseball. So if the only offer you get is from a junior college, you should be very excited and very proud of yourself! Put in the work and put up the numbers, and who knows, you just might be the next Bryce Harper!Check out this video!
Bryce Harper earned his General Educational Development (GED) after his sophomore year at Las Vegas High School in October 2009, making him eligible for the June 2010 amateur draft in order to begin his professional baseball career earlier. For the 2010 college season, 17-year-old Harper enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). An advantage for Harper in his eventual transition to his professional career was that the SWAC, like MLB, uses wooden bats in conference play. In 66 games, he hit 31 home runs, 98 RBIs, hitting .443/.526/.987 (AVG/OBP/SLG). His 31 home runs shattered the school’s previous record of 12. He was named the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year.
(from left) Holden Cammack, Karl Malecek, J.C. Neighbors and Taylor Cobb all signed with four-year universities to continue their baseball careers after their final season at Blinn in the spring.