Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
It used to be that college baseball in the Northeast was seen, but never heard from in the pro's,
But that was then, and this is now.
BU has a pitcher in the big leagues, another all star at the AA level and a top draft pick last season.
In this week's action sports spotlight, Gabe Osterhout looks at what has changed about the game.
For the 11th straight year, the Binghamton University men's baseball team hosted Scout Day.
This year, more than a dozen major league baseball teams sent someone to check out the Bearcats.
Scouts are starting to take notice of teams in the Northeast.
Part of the reason is schools are able to keep local talent from going South or the West.
Scout Matt Sherman says, "The America East is a well respected conference. They've produced draft guys every year. Obviously with Maine and Binghamton and Stony Brook having a good year last year and having guys taken and having success at the minor league level and hopefully continue to have that success as they go through player development."
The Bearcats have a few local players, including former New York State high school player of the Year Brian Ruby.
Ruby feels the success of players like Scott Diamond, Mike Auguliera and Lee Sosa have paved the way for more Bearcats to be given a shot by Major league teams.
"You've got Augie, Scott and Lee, they're absolutely helping us out and anything you get someone drafted pretty hight, or anybody who's making a name for themselves out there from Binghamton University is always going to help. The scouts are going to come say not forget about Binghamton University and they're going to come look for that 1 or 2 guys a year that maybe could actually make a huge impact in the majors."
Pitcher Jay Lynch adds, "It definitely creates a little more exposure than we've had in recent years but again we still have to go out and perform and do well today, do well during the season and we still have to play the type of baseball we came here for."
Players know that if they play well, and the team plays well, scouts will come and see what they can do.
And now that scouts are paying more attention to a school like Binghamton University, you may see more players going from the diamond in Vestal to a major league roster.
In Vestal, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.