How To Use This Site
For coaches and scouts serious about their subscription to Baseball Census, I suggest you go through these steps and have a handle on what I offer, how it can work for you, and what you might be able to get out of it. I very much appreciate the continued financial support of this site via subscriptions, as its upkeep requires it; to that end, I want to be sure prospective subscribers understand what you’re getting into here, and how my work on this site can help improve your recruiting and scouting efforts. If you have any questions beyond these steps, you can always email me: baseballcensus [at] gmail [dot] com.
Step One: Introductions
It’s not required reading or anything, and it’s more self-promotion than I would like to do, but for those who are interested or curious, the introductions page lets you know more about me, my background, and my belief in the benefits of junior college baseball. More applicably, the frequently asked questions page answers a lot of common questions about this site and my work, and the testimonials page hosts a series of comments from current subscribers and other baseball personnel with whom I’ve worked.
Step Two: Samples
Before you decide to subscribe, here are three sample scouting reports you can view completely for free:
Alex Moreno, 2020, 2B, Riverside City College
Trevor Sutt, 2020, RHP, Long Beach City College
Robert Haw, 2020, SS, Irvine Valley College
Every year, I publish nearly 500 scouting reports with that same level of information and comparable quality and length of video, all available for subscribers.
Step Three: Subscribe
Other than those three samples, everything good on this site is hidden behind the paywall, and you’ll need a subscription to dive in and be able to use it. Click here to subscribe; once you pay by credit card and set up your account, you’ll have immediate access to all the scouting reports and prospect videos housed in the subscriber-only sections of this website, as well as the other pages (listed below) that sit behind the paywall and include news feeds, further scouting insights, deeper statistical analyses, and prospect rankings.
Step Four: OFP Grades
I know it’s a longer page to read, but it’s critical to understand at least a little bit about how I approach and evaluate OFP grades so you can easily determine what level(s) of junior college baseball prospects you ought to be pursuing with this site. You’ll pick it up pretty quickly. Each subscriber is going to approach OFP a little differently, but broadly knowing how I evaluate and grade junior college prospects will help you use the database more effectively and save time when it comes to figuring out which players are worthy of being recruited.
Step Five: Database
Step Six: Feed
I first rolled out the news feed at the start of the 2020 season. Every scouting report and/or video that is added, updated, or edited on the site shows up on the news feed that day. It allows you to track what you may have missed in between logins on the site and give you an idea of what is being published, so you can see which player scouting reports are being changed, and when. Think of it kind of like a social media news feed chronicling all the public activity on the site — except this feed will always stay in chronological order…
Step Seven: Tips
The tip sheet is chronological as well, and highlights a notable player or two every day. With hundreds of prospects in the database, things can get a little overwhelming in there, especially for newcomers. The tip sheet highlights notable prospects at all levels, with links back to their scouting reports (if published) and a quick couple sentences of context. For example: if I see a good uncommitted pitcher throw on Tuesday, I’ll post some notes on the tip sheet on Wednesday so subscribers can dive in ASAP on evaluating him as a potential new recruit.
Step Eight: Notes
Just like the news feed and tip sheet, I first rolled out this Game Notes section for the 2020 season. With every game (and intrasquad, and practice) I go see all year long, I’ll have a brief set of notes up on players of interest. That way, coaches can maybe get a head start on tracking certain guys even if my busy schedule delays me in posting their full scouting report and video for a few days, or whatever.
Step Nine: Data
Accumulated in-game data for each prospect is noted and published within each individual scouting report in the database, but I’ve also listed it on each appropriate table under this tab. So if you’re looking for a hard-throwing pitcher, for example, or trying to see which catcher in California has the best pop time, you can easily find those answers at the data tables on this secure page, and follow up with each player’s respective scouting report in the database.
Step Ten: Rankings
I have been loath to add any rankings component to the site (well, besides the broad OFP grade rankings in the database), but over time I’ve come to realize there may be some (small) value here in ranking prospects in a variety of ways, if only to better help subscribers understand who I believe to be truly worthy of being pursued at various four-year levels. You’ll see the rankings page really get going towards the end of each spring season, and then it should really grow and become more in-depth over time.
Step Eleven: Analysis
In a way similar to the rankings, the analysis page will really come into play in the month or two right after the end of each spring season, when I go in-depth statistically and take a deeper look at junior college baseball prospects after having produced a full season of stats with a sample size large enough to analyze. Of particular note: analysis here will attempt to statistically identify potential early prospects of note for the next year ahead, so subscribers can get an early start on next year’s recruits.