Originally Posted by Clyde
JUCO is a very good option if you are willing to go out of state. Just look at any D1 or D2 roster and you will see many former JUCO players. D1 and D2 programs heavily recruit JUCO's. They do not recruit them to sit. They play right away. It is a great and comparatively inexpensive way to knock out 1 or 2 years of college, make the transition to college life, get a great deal of playing time, grow and improve your skills to prepare you for the jump to the next level. It worked out just fine for Cliff Lee. Plus, the total financial package D1 and D2 programs can put together for a proven JUCO player is much better. It is less of a financial risk for a D1 or D2 coach to invest in a proven JUCO player than a kid coming out of high school. I think most people think of JUCO as being associated with having poor grades and cannot meet NCAA eligibility requirements. That is true in some cases. However, going straight to a 4 year school as a freshman, even with a 50 or 60% baseball scholarship, is still going to cost you some money. Plus, you are going to have to be very good to beat out incoming JUCO recruits and the existing juniors and seniors for playing time. Bottom line, you won't get better when you're not playing. And when you aren't playing, you aren't happy.