Each fall, professional baseball scouts and college coaches from around the United States convene every Sunday, from September to October at the Craig Ranch 4plex in McKinney, Texas, to watch, evaluate, and recruit some of the best high school baseball players in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Each year, the Metro Scout League showcases an estimated 300 top players, in three divisions: 18/17-U 17/16U and 15/14-U.
“Each year, we have pro scouts from over 20 of the 30 MLB teams,” said Cade Griffis, a director with the MSL. “On the college front, we’ve had kids literally signed in the parking lot after the games. The beauty of the MSL is that the kids don’t have to pay a fortune to visit all of these schools, because the coaches come here to see them.”
The majority of the players who are invited to play in the MSL are recommended by professional scouts. There is an annual August tryout at Craig Ranch in McKinney. Each year an estimated 100-150 players show up to fill 20-40 available spots.
Each Sunday during the 5 week season, our 17/16-U teams, the juniors and sophomores, play each other at the 4-field complex at Craig Ranch beginning at 10 a.m. The 17/18-U teams, the juniors and seniors, play each other beginning at 2:30 p.m. On our annual Scout Day, players are tested for speed, arm strength, and agility. Scouts and college coaches are issued complete rosters, which include contact and academic information.
Weekly Metro Scout League video reports, featuring the hitters and pitchers of the games are posted on www.MSLdallas.com. Last year’s reports averaged more than 1,000 hits per Sunday session.