One of the things I have promised to do over the years when I run or attend baseball recruiting-type camps is to give players who ask me a totally honest assessment of their talent level as it pertains to their chances of playing in college.
I warn them ahead of time to be ready for the answer. While I am not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, I also don’t want a player to have false hopes at least as it relates to my interest in them.
Most of the time players are very thankful to get the honest feedback of a college coach, and most of the time they seem to understand, or agree, with my assessment.
But quite often a player (or his parents) are totally and completely shocked to hear what I think of their overall game. The reality is I’m usually right on target, but they just have baseball blinders on and can’t see what I see.