ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Twenty-five MLB scouts showed up this year for the University of New Mexico’s scout day.
Year after year, more and more scouts make it out to Lobo showcases like this because the baseball team has earned a “next level” reputation.
“They have produced some players that have been very interesting in the years past. They continue to bring in freshman that develop over the years under coach Birmingham and Coach Jacome, and it gives us an opportunity to see their growth and have a history of those players as the years go by and they are eligible to be drafted,” said White Sox Scout John Kazanas.
It hasn’t been easy earning that reputation of sending players to the next level, but they have owned it. In 2013, Lobo baseball had seven players get drafted, and that is a tool that they can use in getting players in recruitment.
“We have 25 scouts out here today. When I first came here, we had five. This is a program just like Arizona State, Arizona, Texas, and everybody else. We are very good and we have very good players,” said Coach Ray Birmingham.
“I have had 150 kids go pro in my career, of my teams. You know it’s a shot,” said Coach Birmingham.
Birmingham has been sending players consistently to the pros, going into his eighth year now as head coach. Since the baseball programs’ existence, they have had 92 players get drafted, and coach Birmingham alone has accounted for a quarter of that number in his seven years as head coach.