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Playing a full season of college baseball and not getting selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft is something thousands of players go through every season.


But there is a way to get recognized in hopes of latching on with a Major League organization.


That's by playing independently.


There are currently several independent leagues throughout the country that hopefuls can play in ranging from the Frontier League, which has been around since the 1990s, to the Pecos League, which just finished second season of play in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.


Lake-Lehman grad Scott Davis was one of the unfortunate successful college players to get overlooked and wasn't drafted this past June. He just finished his career at Delaware State and posted solid career numbers for the Hornets, batting .353 as a sophomore, .418 as a junior and .272 for the 2012 campaign. Even though he wasn't picked in the draft, he wasn't disappointed about the result.


"Kind of, but not really. If I had a season like I did last year, I think I would've been disappointed," Davis said. "But I didn't really have a great year so it would have shocked me if they did. I thought last year there would've even been chance that I would've (been drafted)."


Since he wasn't drafted, Davis spent the last few months playing in the Pecos League for the Santa Fe Fuego. The team, which was playing its first season in the league, finished last in 2012 in the six-team league. But the shortstop still had a good season, hitting .306 (37-for-121) in 35 games with three doubles, a triple, 19 RBI, two stolen bases, 17 walks and .421 on-base percentage, which also included seven hit by pitches.


Davis joined the league around midseason and after getting a call from the Fuego coach. He was inserted right into the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter and starting shortstop.


"It was awesome. The first night it was awesome. I batted leadoff the first night and they called me out there ‘the new Fuego shortstop Scott Davis' and the crowd was pretty pumped up for me," Davis recalled.


There is always the possibility of latching on with a Major League organization in the Pecos League as four players did this past season. One pitcher even threw against Davis' team and then two days later signed with the New York Yankees. Relief pitcher Charlie Short is currently playing in the Yankees' minor league's with Single-A Charleston.


Now that the season is over and Davis is back to working at Huntsville Golf Club for the time being, he's still exploring options of getting more exposure. He's looking into playing ball in a winter league and will try out for the Frontier League for the 2013 season. He's even sent emails to clubs in the Frontier League now in hopes of catching on with a team for the upcoming playoffs. If that doesn't work out, he will be back in the Pecos League.


AN NCAA RECORD

Davis didn't only finish his collegiate career at Delaware State with good batting numbers, he also is the co-holder of one NCAA Record.


Davis was hit by a pitch 37 times this season for the Hornets, tying the record for most times hit in one season with Vanderbilt's Brian Harris, who set the mark in 2010.


"I guess I have a magnet on me. I don't move out of the way," Davis said. "It's a free base so I'm always going to take that."


Davis would have the record all to himself, but twice this season umpires wouldn't give him the free pass because he didn't attempt to move out of the way.



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