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MLB Tryout Camps Information

Even though this site is based on independent baseball, many players ask about MLB tryouts. Few major league organizations still hold open tryouts, but these teams are holding tryout camps this summer. The general rules are for players 15/16 years old to 22/23 years old – make sure to click each official link for exact information.

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Atlanta Braves Tryout Camps

Date Start Time Location Address Area Scout
Wednesday, June 14 9 a.m. Kankakee CC 100 College Dr
Kankakee IL 60901
Stu Cann
Monday, June 19 10 a.m. State Mutual Stadium 755 Braves Blvd
Rome GA 30161
Dustin Evans
Wednesday, June 21 9 a.m. Indian Park Floyd St
Kennett MO 63857
Kevin Barry
Sunday, June 25 10 a.m. Edison HS 21400 Magnolia St
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Dan Cox
Monday, June 26 9 a.m. ESPN Wide Word of Sports 700 S Victory Way
Kissimmee FL 34747
Justin Clark
Thursday, July 6 9 a.m. Trustmark Park 1 Braves Way
Pearl MS 39208
Steve Desalvo
Sunday, July 23 11 a.m. Pearl City HS 2100 Hookiekie St
Pearl City HI 96782
Dan Cox
Wednesday, July 26 9 a.m. Jack Williams Stadium 1137 Elm St North
Fargo ND 58102
Kevin Barry
Monday, July 31 9 a.m. NIACC 313 15th St SE
Mason City IA 50401
Kevin Barry
Tuesday, August 1 9 a.m. Augustana College 2505 S. Grange Ave
Sioux Falls SD 57105
Kevin Barry
Monday, August 14 8:30 a.m. Dan Daniel Park 302 River Park Dr
Danville VA 24540
David Cross

For more information on Braves tryout camps, click HERE.

Cincinnati Reds Tryout Camps

Date
Time
Location
June 8, 2017 10: 00 AM EST Prasco Park 6125 Commerce Court
Mason, OH 45040
June 14, 2017 10 a.m. EST Hamilton Southeastern HS 13910 East 126 Street
Fishers, IN 46037
June 20, 2017 10 a.m. CST Illinois Central College 1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
June 21, 2017 10 a.m. EST Derby City Park 4139 Cadillac Court
Louisville, KY 40213
June 28, 2017 10 a.m. EST Mentor High School 6477 Center Street.
Mentor, OH 44060
July 12, 2017 10 a.m. CST Oakland HS 2225 Patriot Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
July 26, 2017 10 a.m. EST P&G Urban Youth Academy 2026 East Seymour Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45237

For more information on Reds tryout camps, click HERE.

Philadelphia Phillies Tryout Camps

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For more information on Phillies tryout camps, click HERE.

Tampa Bay Rays Tryout Camps

Day, Date Field Location Address Time Contact
Person
THU, June 22 Hallsville HS Field 1 Bobcat Lane
Hallsville, TX 78650
8:30 AM Pat Murphy
pmurphy@raysbaseball.com
WED, July 19 Mercedes HS 1250 S. Florida
Mercedes, TX 78570
8 AM Pat Murphy
pmurphy@raysbaseball.com

For more information on Rays tryout camps, click HERE.

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From Baggage Handler to Miner to Storm Chaser, Matt Fields is Now Trying to Become Royal

Current Kansas City Royals AAA prospect Matt Fields makes crushing home runs and getting on base look easy for the Omaha Storm Chasers. However, many people don’t know the long and often difficult road that has led him to this point in his career. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004, Fields spent six years in the organization. With the Rays, he reached as high as AA before being released in 2010.

After his release, Fields took his talents to the independent Frontier League. He spent the entire 2011 season with the Southern Illinois Miners;  However, Fields soon learned that independent baseball is a whole different world than affiliated ball. Although he had a great season, hitting .272 with 17 home runs in 57 games, he realized that independent ball can make a player feel stuck and complacent. There are many players who know that they aren’t going anywhere else, so they have a “whatever” attitude.  Those players do whatever they want and don’t play with as much drive and desire as players in an affiliated organization.

Feeling fed up with baseball and trying to please his then- fiancée, Fields started losing his love for the game. After the 2011 season, he decided to retire from baseball and take a job as a baggage handler at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.  He found out pretty quickly that loading luggage or working a normal 9-5 wasn’t something he was ready to do. He wasn’t ready to give up his childhood dream just yet.  If he did, he knew he would regret it for the rest of his life. His friends and family, especially his mother, encouraged him to give baseball another shot. He was too young and too talented to just give up.

When the 2012 season rolled around, he left that normal life behind and returned to the Southern Illinois Miners.  This time, Fields decided that he was going to make the most out of his second chance. He wanted to just go out there and have fun again. No matter what happened, he planned on making it a year to remember. 31 games into the season, the Royals saw something special in Fields and purchased his contract. He was sent to high-A Wilmington where he finished the season hitting .281 with 17 home runs and had one of the most memorable years of his pro ball career.

He spent the 2013 season crushing home runs with the AA Naturals in Northwest Arkansas. He was named a Texas League All-Star, won the home run derby, and set the single season home run record (31) for the Naturals.  After that stellar year, Fields played the entire 2014 season in AAA Omaha with the Storm Chasers.  Here, his power continued. He hit 28 home runs while batting .262 for the Pacific Coast League champions.

2014 was a big year for him off the field as well. On May 13th, Fields was married to Elizabeth Elizalde Fields. Through all of the ups and downs with baseball and life, she has been his source of happiness while being his rock and supporting his dreams.

Fields has just re-signed with the Royals and has been invited to his first Major League spring training. Currently, he is playing Winter Ball for the Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League with a .238 average.

Fields is just one step away from the major leagues with the Royals. It hasn’t always been an easy road, but he wouldn’t change it for anything.  When asked if he has any regrets about returning to baseball, he simply said “none. At all.”