Baseball season is still a little more than a month away and the chance to start earlier would be a dream come true for most players. Scotlandville High School senior pitcher Destin Dotson has Major League Baseball’s second annual “Dream Series” — the five-day camp/workshop that begins Thursday in Tempe, Arizona.
Dotson is the lone Louisiana player selected to participate in the event that coincides with Martin Luther King Day. About 60 pitchers and catchers from across the nation are set to attend.
“I am ready for this,” Dotson said. “I want to go out there and learn as much as I can from the coaches and other players. I want to see how I match up with the other pitchers. I also want to see what I can find out from the former major league players there. I want insight into what it takes to travel the path from high school to college and then to the pro level.”
The camp/workshop will be held at Los Angeles Angels’ training facility. College recruiters and professional scouts will be on hand to evaluate the players. Being evaluated is nothing new for Dotson. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound left-hander is among Louisiana’s top prospects for 2018 after leading the Hornets to a school-record number of wins and their first Class 5A playoff win last spring.
Dotson notes that the event comes a week before he plans to commit to a college. He said he has more than 20 scholarship offers, including offers from most state schools, including Tulane, along with several junior colleges. An honor student, Dotson has 4.2 grade point average in Scotlandville’s engineering magnet program and plans a college major in mechanical engineering.
The chance to get input on his pitches and mechanics is a key component for Dotson. Since last spring, he has stopped throwing a split-finger pitch, opting for a circle change-up instead to complement his fastball and knuckle curveball.
“I want feedback on what I am doing right and what I need to change,” Dotson said. “Kenny Hill (a 14-year MLB pitcher and 1994 All-Star) is one of the former players I want to hear speak. I want to hear his story and his thoughts on baseball and pitching.”
Dotson said he plans to share the knowledge he gains with his Scotlandville teammates, including brothers De’Onte, a junior lefty pitcher, and Dominic, a freshman catcher.
“This is a huge opportunity for Destin and it means a lot for our program,” first-year Scotlandville coach Marcus Minor said. “I can’t wait to see what he learns.”