Former indy ball jack of all trades turned Arizona Diamondbacks scout, Chris Carminucci, has published some of his knowledge.
Sign Me! The Undrafted Baseball Player’s Guide to the Independent Leagues is perfect for any player looking to learn more about indy ball and the steps it takes to get there.
The book, which is around 100 pages, is to the point and packed full of vital information for potential players. In a way, this site’s Indy Ball 101 page is the cliff notes version of Sign Me! Carminucci goes into detail of the various leagues, which ones are better for which players, and includes tips and tricks for making yourself seen and ultimately get signed. He has a unique perspective as someone who has played and worked in indy ball and now scouts the independent leagues.
(Author’s note: Indy Ball Island did a story on the Diamondbacks and Carminucci scouting indy ball in 2014. You can check that out here: Finding a Diamond(back) in the Rough.)
Each league’s section also contains a directory of sorts for each team. It can be very helpful for players looking to find information about a specific team and is a great starting point if the player is preparing to send out their baseball resume and videos.
Carminucci has had great success scouting the independent leagues for untapped potential. Indy ball is a grind, but this guide can help get a player through. Sign Me! is worth the read for any player who is thinking about continuing their career in independent baseball.
You can get the book HERE on Amazon.