SSpikes Baseball takes its mission “to develop and prepare young men to play the game of baseball at the highest possible level” very seriously. In fact, our program’s directors and coaches are dedicated to helping our players find the best possible fit if they desire to play baseball in college. Since our first class of Spikes graduated from high school in 2017, 25 former Spikes have gone on to play college baseball at all levels: NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA.
The recruiting process for baseball is multi-faceted and involves the cooperative efforts of the player, his family, his high school coach/summer coach and organization. All play different but important roles in the process. Below you will find information that discusses these roles, our efforts and some helpful links for additional resources.
A good place to start is with the proprietary documents below that include our step-by-step guide to the recruitment process, answers to commonly asked questions and a review of statistical data that demonstrates the importance of focusing on education first.
Spikes players and parents have the opportunity to attend seminars and lectures on the college recruitment process at Diamond Dreams Sports Academy, training home of the Spikes. These informative meetings, typically held twice per year, are presented by our coaches/directors as well as successful local high school and college coaches. Prior year speakers have included Rick Rembielak, a former professional player and 21-year veteran Division I head coach at Kent State, Wake Forest and Akron.
In addition, our high-school age players interested in continuing their play at the collegiate level are encouraged to attend a Prep Baseball Report (PBR) event at least once (and possibly more) during their high school career. Although not solely determinative, the data recorded and reported by PBR has become a popular reference point for many college coaches. While important, we discourage players from attending such events too often, as they become costly and may even become counterproductive. Spikes head coaches are trained to offer advice to players and parents about the best time to attend a PBR event.
The Spikes organization has gained a reputation for competitive teams, solid coaching and honest evaluations of our players. This has allowed us to develop a network of college coaches who respond well when we reach out to them about opportunities to see our players compete; and, our experience and connections have enabled us to develop a database of quality tournaments that offer the best scouting opportunities.
As a direct result of these efforts and our history/experience, our high school clubs are able to travel to competitive, heavily scouted tournaments. The Spikes have been invited to Midland and are typically invited to all Cincy Flames invitational's as well as other high-profile tournaments. In addition most of our high school age players compete in the Diamond Dreams Fall Prospect Series in the month of September. This annual event brings top high-school age teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada to Stark County to compete and be scouted by Ohio schools.
Our players are also encouraged to attend various camps that are attended by college coaches. One of the best camp operators in Northeast Ohio is Evan Agona, Head Coach at Cuyahoga Community College. Evan is a Canton native and resident and holds several camps throughout the recruiting season that are attended by multiple college programs. In fact, Coach Agona has brought his winter hitting camp to the training home of the Spikes: Diamond Dreams Sports Academy.
In addition, our high-school age clubs sometimes attend Northeast Ohio on-campus recruiting camps as a team. Attending camps this way is a great way for players to save money and get their feet wet to this important recruiting tool for some programs that select the majority of their players from these camps.
Spikes parents and players are encouraged to surf the links below in order to gain as much knowledge of the college recruitment process as possible. Below you will find information from the NCAA and NAIA, tips from reputable websites, networking tools, links to prospect camps and databases of information on colleges and their baseball programs.
The Spikes were founded in 2012 and our first players graduated from high school in 2017.
The Spikes Baseball Club is proud of all former players who have gone on to play college baseball.
The Spikes would also like to thank all of its community-minded sponsors who help to make dreams come true.