Illinois hosted its annual Scout Day on Wednesday, bringing approximately 20-25 scouts from Major League teams to Illinois Field. The event is one of the high points of fall practice, giving the Illini players exposure to these professional scouts after the summer season and before the spring.
Scout Day starts with the Illini running 60-yard sprints, a traditional measure of a baseball player's speed, then the Illinois players went through a professional-style infield and outfield drill, followed by the traditional infield/outfield routine that the Illini use before games. The team then plays a seven-inning game, which allows each pitcher on the staff to throw one inning. The position players treat it as a normal game, and coaches substitute after a couple innings in order to get everyone a few innings in front of the scouts.
The event also marks the beginning of the end of fall practice for the Illini, as there are only two practices remaining before the Orange and Blue World Series begins on Monday, Oct. 3. Practices and the Orange and Blue World Series games are open to the public, so stop by Illinois Field before next Wednesday to get a look at the Illini!
Remaining practice times: Thurs., Sept. 29 - 4 PM
Fri., Sept. 30 - 3:30 PM
Mon., Oct. 3 - 3:30 PM (Orange & Blue World Series Game 1)
Tues., Oct. 4 - 4 PM (Orange & Blue World Series Game 2)
Wed., Oct. 5 - 3:30 PM (Orange & Blue World Series Game 3)