Frequently Asked Questions

Baseball Census frequently asked questions junior college baseball recruiting services

Site and Subscription

What comes with purchasing a subscription?

When you subscribe, you gain full access to exclusive scouting reports, prospect game videos, player projection notes, and proprietary OFP grades for every player listed in the database, news feed, tip sheet, rankings, and analysis pages, as well as in the archives from previous years’ scouting work. In total, that all includes thousands of original, individual scouting reports, as well as several thousand prospect videos with professionally-edited, high-definition footage. All the reports and videos are only available to subscribers, and cannot be seen or accessed by those who have not paid to do so.

How do I pay for a subscription?

All major credit cards and debit cards are accepted via the site’s secure online payment system run by Stripe. You do not need an account with Stripe to purchase a subscription. Simply enter your credit card information directly on the ‘Subscribe’ page, create your account, and receive immediate access to all the site’s paywalled content!

Do you offer any coupon codes for subscriptions?

Occasionally. If I decide to run a discount, it’ll be noted on the ‘Subscribe’ page on this website. I also recommend you follow Baseball Census on Twitter. If I do put together a discount code, I’ll publicize it there.

How can I cancel my subscription?

You can cancel your subscription and delete your account at any time. You may cancel by going to the ‘My Account’ page and following the ‘Delete Account’ process, which will delete your account from the server. If that does not work for whatever reason, please send an email to baseballcensus [at] gmail [dot] com with your account information (username and email address) and I’ll manually delete the subscription for you. Currently, I do not have recurring payments set up on this site; on your subscription expiration date your username and password will simply cease to work, and you’ll have to pay again to re-subscribe to the site for another year.

Can I get a refund on my subscription?

No. There are no refunds on subscription purchases. One more time for the people in the back: once your subscription has been paid for, there are NO refunds, even if you cancel or delete your account after purchase.

Does the site have any free content?

Not really. Every so often I’ll unlock a scouting report and make it free and available to the public for a brief amount of time, typically posting it on social media for potential subscribers to see for a few days. That’s pretty rare, though, and generally speaking all the good stuff is locked behind the paywall. In order to get the most out of this site, I recommend you purchase a subscription.

The site does, however, provide three free sample scouting reports so you can see what you’re paying for when you buy a subscription. Those free, publicly available samples are as follows:

Alex Moreno, 2020, 2B, Riverside City College

Trevor Sutt, 2020, RHP, Long Beach City College

Jimmy Galicia, 2020, RHP, El Camino College

Can I reprint or share your content with other coaches?

No. All the content on this site is copyrighted by Baseball Census, and all rights are reserved. No portion of this content may be disseminated, reprinted or reproduced for any reason without our written consent. As a subscriber, you are paying for access for yourself and your program alone (i.e., one subscription per college program). Under no circumstances short of our written approval may you reprint or prepackage the content for anyone other than you and the coaches on your staff. Coaches from one college program using another staff’s login to sign in and view prospects is not allowed, either. I work hard to keep costs down on this site in order to keep the subscription price as low as possible. No freeloaders; pay the toll to ride the ride.

Help! I’m having technical issues with your website!

I coded this site myself, so it’ll occasionally suffer minor technical issues (pages down, site down, subscription or coupon code not working, account not recognized, log in issues, links broken, etc.). If you’re having trouble — especially if you’re having trouble logging in — I recommend clearing your web browser’s cache, cookies, and history, before coming back to the site to try again. If the problem still persists after that, please email me directly and I’ll take a look as soon as I can: baseballcensus [at] gmail [dot] com.

Scouting and Evaluation

What are your qualifications to scout?

I played four years of Division I baseball (Davidson College, 2005-08), followed by two years in independent leagues after college. After my playing career, I worked full-time in baseball media and sports journalism for several years, the entire time creeping slowly back towards player evaluation. More recently, I’ve turned down several entry-level scouting, video, and player development opportunities with professional organizations to keep building this site, because I’m passionate about the junior college baseball landscape in California. In the site’s first three years combined, I’ve scouted more than 500 junior college games, scrimmages, practices, and workouts. I’m inspired and amazed at the junior college baseball talent in this state, and I see this site as an opportunity to help promote, improve, and grow the game in my own small way.

What is OFP?

Overall Future Potential, or ‘OFP’ for short, is a distilled-down single-digit grade created from multiple scouting variables (both quantitative and qualitative) that best attempts to put a player’s tools and projection into a broad, simple context. I intend it to be used in a similar way to how 20-80 grades are used in professional baseball, but scaled specifically for junior college prospects. It exists so four-year college coaches and pro scouts are able to quickly identify the prospect level(s) to which they should devote their time and attention, and more efficiently track those players worthy of being recruited and further evaluated. To read more about OFP, please click here.

Who uses your scouting reports?

A lot of college programs and a few MLB orgs! I do not disclose the site’s subscriber list, but broadly speaking, that list includes college programs from every single NCAA level (D1, D2, and D3) as well as NAIA programs both large and small. MLB area scouts and front office members from several professional baseball organizations subscribe, too. Lately, we are also starting to add summer college baseball team general managers and field managers who are seeking reliable information on potential players to add to their wood bat league rosters, as well. In the first full year of work in 2018, this site picked up more than 50 college-level subscribers, and it’s been growing ever since!

Do you actually provide scouting insights for your clients?

Yes. I’m very proud to produce reliable, realistic information to subscribers, and many tell me how much time and money they save in their recruiting and scouting efforts by using this service to more efficiently track players. Thats why I started doing this! If you’re skeptical about the work that goes on here, I recommend you view the testimonials page if you’d like to read from a small sample of the site’s active subscribers who have had success consulting with me about junior college baseball prospects.

Do you scout junior college baseball all year long?

Yes. Spring and fall seasons are incredibly busy with games, scrimmages, and practices. From January to the end of May, and early September through late November, time goes at warp seed. I’ll check in on California-area summer leagues that have junior college players, as well, though JuCo guys are a little more dispersed in the summers, so my scouting production slows down slightly in June, July, and August. Even so, I see enough players throughout the year that I’m adding and updating scouting reports and posting new videos to the site pretty much every single day of the entire year.

What’s your scouting territory?

In the past, I’ve traveled to Florida, the Midwest, and Arizona, though increasingly it’s clear my time is best served remaining in California, to track the state’s 88 (!) junior college baseball programs. My scouting territory is typically limited to central and southern California, usually from the middle of the Central Valley (Fresno, Visalia, Stockton, etc.) on down through San Diego. As much as I am able, I’ll add more NorCal schools to my scouting work each year, too, sometimes popping in on Merced, San Joaquin Delta, the Sacramento-area schools, Feather River, Santa Rosa, and others. Those come in on a case-by-case and year-by-year basis depending on my schedule, though. At the very least, I scout prospects playing for ~60 junior college programs in the state, from south of Sacramento on down to the Mexican border.

How often do you see the players you scout?

As many times as possible! In some cases, I’ll only see a player once, and that can make it tough to fully, truly evaluate him. But part of the reason I focus my scouting work on central and southern California is specifically so that I can see the area’s prospects as many times as possible. Generally speaking, I hope to see a player anywhere from 2-10 times across his two-year career in southern California, though that may depend on his team’s location and schedule, my week-to-week priorities, and more. Still, the point stands: I believe I am more valuable as a scout when I see players multiple times and track their improvement over a long period of time, rather than trying to get one look at as many players as I can. Depth is more valuable than breadth.

What equipment do you use to scout?

My scouting equipment is pretty simple: Stalker Pro II and Stalker Pro IIs radar guns, multiple Sony 4K video cameras, a portable Rapsodo device (where set up is available), a Ball Coach PocketRadar device as a backup, a stopwatch, a notebook, and a pitch chart. I’ve considered adding more tech equipment to track measurables, and I’ll update this list and inform subscribers if I do add any more technology in the future.

For College Coaches

We are a small-school program. Do you scout guys that can play at our level, too, or just D1 kids?

I scout every kid who I believe can play at any level of four-year college baseball, and then some. Even with as much JuCo talent as there is in California every year, only a small handful of those prospects will be D1-quality. Sometimes that may mean just 25-50 kids, throughout the entire state, are truly D1-quality baseball players in any given year. But there are hundreds and hundreds more who can play D2, D3, and NAIA ball, and the vast, vast majority of prospects scouted on this site fall into those categories. The exact numbers will differ each year, of course, but smaller programs at all levels (D2, D3, NAIA) can expect to be able to go through hundreds of scouting reports on this site, whereas the major D1 schools ought to only be here to check in on a few dozen of the very best ones, give or take.

Do you have any financial relationships with the players you scout and report on here?

No. I do not accept any money from any players or their parents for any recruiting service or product (e.g., recruiting videos, recruiting consultations, etc.). As a college coach paying for this service, you can rest assured knowing I have no conflicts of interest or pre-conceived biases towards or against certain players, junior college teams, or coaches, and the information I share is accurate, honest, objective, and reliable to the best of my knowledge without being clouded by any behind-the-scenes desire to look out for “my guys” or do any special favors for any players. The prospects rated the highest on this site are the prospects I believe to be the best in California in any given year, plain and simple, and there’s no arrangement financial or otherwise for me to promote or cheerlead for any players at any time.

Is this scouting service NCAA-compliant?

Currently, the NCAA’s compliance rules for scouting services only cover basketball and football. For all other NCAA sports (including baseball), Baseball Census explicitly follows the rules posted within NCAA Bylaw, titled “Sports Other Than Basketball and Football.”

Those rules read as follows:

NCAA Bylaw Sports Other Than Basketball and Football. In sports other than basketball and football, an institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided the service is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers. The service must also provide information regarding each prospective student-athlete in a standardized format that ensures consistent distribution to all subscribers. An institution is not permitted to subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service that provides information in any form (e.g., oral reports, electronic messages) about prospective student-athletes beyond the standardized, consistent information that is provided to all subscribers. An institution is permitted to subscribe to a service that provides scholastic and/or nonscholastic video. The institution may not contract with a service in advance to have a particular contest recorded or provided. [D] (Adopted: 1/14/12, Revised: 7/26/12, 1/15/14)

As the bylaw requires, Baseball Census’ service is available to all institutions that wish to subscribe, and at the same fee rate for all subscribers. The information provided is standardized in format, and it is available to all subscribers in the same manner. Furthermore, Baseball Census also follows the NCAA’s requirement for individual analysis of each prospect, as described here:

Information disseminated by a recruiting or scouting service must include individual analysis beyond demographics (e.g., height, weight, class, position), ranking (e.g., Division I prospective student-athlete) and general comments (e.g., excellent shooter) in order for an institution to make an athletics or academic analysis of the prospective student-athlete. Each prospect named in the service is required to be evaluated.

As required there, this site provides individualized information and analysis beyond demographics and general comments for every single player in the database. Also, as further required, each prospect named within this site is fully evaluated.

For scouting services that cover sports other than football and basketball (like Baseball Census), the NCAA recommends to member institutions:

“There are separate legislative requirements for other sports. The compliance office at each institution is responsible for independently evaluating the service before approving a subscription.”

Compliance officers at NCAA institutions are always welcome to contact me directly with questions, or if they need more information about this service: baseballcensus [at] gmail [dot] com.

Do you have any sample scouting reports to show us before we decide to subscribe?

Yes! These three scouting reports are open, unlocked, and freely available to the public:

Alex Moreno, 2020, 2B, Riverside City College

Trevor Sutt, 2020, RHP, Long Beach City College

Jimmy Galicia, 2020, RHP, El Camino College

For Players and Parents

Can junior college players create profiles on this site?

No. Junior college baseball players, their parents, and their coaches have no impact on what is published here. They cannot create or pay to create profiles, pages, videos, or any other material on Baseball Census. I purposefully created this as an independent scouting resource intended for coaches and scouts just so that it would not be a recruiting service intended for players to use. The scouting reports and profiles here are based entirely and only on my observation, information-gathering, and data accumulation. Nothing on this site can be created, edited, published, or otherwise influenced by a junior college player, their parent, or their coach.

I don’t agree with/don’t like something you wrote about me/my son. What can I do about it?

Play better. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾ The information on this site is intended for college coaches and pro scouts, not players and their parents. I am not a cheerleader, and this is not a promotional service. You may not like what’s on your scouting report, and you may disagree with it. That happens sometimes when you get scouted. I am working neither in favor nor against you or your son; this site exists to provide honest, reliable, accurate information to college coaches and I work hard to complete that task to the best of my ability. That does not mean I’ll always see eye to eye with every parent and every player about that player’s abilities. And like I said, if you don’t like your evaluation, play better. Prove me wrong. I’ll take notice!

You’re biased against my son/my team! What can I do about it?

I hold no biases for or against any junior college baseball player or team. I have good, productive relationships with junior college coaches throughout the state, from Cerro Coso to Santa Barbara, and San Joaquin Delta to San Diego Mesa. I don’t like or dislike one program, coach, or player any more than the next. I don’t do any favors for any one program or its players over another, and I don’t play favorites with certain players over others. I am as objective as possible, and I am neither a cheerleader nor a hater for you, your son, or your program.

You produce a lot of prospect video. Can we hire you to do a recruiting video?

No. There are plenty of recruiting video companies out there, but I do not produce recruiting videos and I am not for hire in this way. I believe it is a conflict of interest for a parent to pay me to produce a recruiting video for their son, only for me to then turn around and “evaluate” their son “objectively” for college coaches. If you are looking for someone who knows their way around recruiting videos, I thoroughly recommend hiring Steve Fiorindo at Prospect Pipeline.

Don’t see your question answered here? Fire away: baseballcensus [at] gmail [dot] com.