MLB and USA Baseball to offer free player development camps for … – Los Angeles Times

For years, the cost of participating in baseball showcases has been rising. Parents have been spending hundreds of dollars for their sons to be seen by college coaches or professional scouts.

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the creation of the Prospect Development Pipeline, a program of 17 free events across the country for invited high school players ages 16 to 18.

“We’re tasked with growing our game and increasing participation,” said Sean Campbell, senior director for sport development with USA Baseball.

The events will be one-day workouts that provide players exposure to all 30 major-league clubs. Five are scheduled in 2017, starting in January in Atlanta. There are also events in Bradenton, Fla., Houston, Mesa, Ariz., and in Southern California on Feb. 4.

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