Approximately 20 Major League baseball
scouts from around the country were on
hand to watch the Lewis-Clark State
College baseball team work out on Sept.
13 for the program’s annual Scout Day.
spent a couple of hours at Harris Field
watching the Warriors go through a
variety of drills and game simulations,
allowing them to make notes on players
and who they should pay extra attention
to during the spring collegiate season.
the two-time defending Avista NAIA World
Series champions and had a
program-record eight players selected in
last June’s Major League draft, all
prior to the 23rd round of
the 50-round draft. Included in that
number was Beau Mills, who was selected
by the Cleveland Indians with the 13th
overall pick, marking the first time a
Warrior was selected in the draft’s
any college program can hold a Scout
Day, the scouts only visit major
programs in the fall to get an early
peak at new players and see how some of
the underclassmen from a year ago have
looking at transfers and the new
players, but you also want to see some
of the returning players that you have
notes on,” says Cincinnati Reds scout
Jeff Barton, who flew in from Phoenix.
“It’s really critical this year to get
an early look because they pushed the
start of the college season back.”
according to Barton, passed a rule that
won’t allow teams to begin the season
before March 1. NAIA schools, like LCSC,
can begin earlier and the Warriors
usually start their season in early to
says LCSC’s success on the field, having
a large number of players selected in
last year’s draft, and having former
players have successful professional
baseball careers are all factors in why
scouts make so many trips to Lewiston.
that stuff comes in cycles,” he says.
“This year, they may not have a player
drafted, but with the success they’ve
had and the players they’ve had come out
… those are the programs we tend to go
to, the successful programs.”
won 15 national titles in coach Ed
Cheff’s 31 years at helm. The 2007 title
was the program’s fifth in the 2000s, and
the 19th time in the last 26
years LCSC has played in the NAIA
national championship game.
the scouts who visited Harris Field will
also watch workouts of Washington,
Washington State and Oregon State.