Baseball in Singapore? Absolutely. Five Division 1 colleges and three Major League Baseball scouts from Tulane, IMU, UT, Columbia, Nebraska, JUCO, New York Yankees Organization and the Japan Minor Leagues all gathered at the SAS baseball field on Dec. 6-7 to watch 48 hopeful athletes play their hearts out at the first-ever baseball showcase in Singapore.
The scouting event was planned by Hit Factory, the first ever indoor baseball and softball training facility in Singapore. They employ professional coaches that train the kids all year round.
Junior Sean Mouton said, “Before the showcase most of us had never been seen by major college coaches and the showcase really helped us with exposure and getting our names out.”
Junior Brian Ford agreed with Mouton, “I mean, getting the chance to play in front of coaches from Ivy Leagues and Loyola is really exciting. You don’t even get that at showcases in the States. Those are head coaches or top tier division one programs. You rarely get that anywhere in the world. I’m glad I did it. I got to show what skills I have and show the rest of them what kids out here in Asia have to show.”
Juniors Mark Schoen, Kelly Chung, Chris Chan and myself were hired by the Hit Factory to film the players in their position, at bat, and a 60 meter dash. These videos will then be packaged and the players can send them to colleges.