Would Mets Look to India?

After winning a reality TV show called “The Million Dollar Arm”, two youngsters from India tried out in front of 30 Major League scouts.

Nineteen-year-olds Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh each threw in the upper 80s, earning them a 6-month trip to the USA to work out with renowned pitching coach Tom House, and the tryout.

Patel lit up the radar guns to the tune of 90 MPH, while Singh only managed 84 MPH. Both are represented by Barry Bonds’ agent Jeff Borris.

No word on what teams are interested in the two kids, and it’s not clear whether one of those 30 scouts were from the Mets. Before you poo-poo the tryout, take note that neither of these young men held a baseball before May of this year. It was also the first time either of them had left their small villages in India.

According to House:

“Think of them as two Dominican kids. They’re very raw. But I think this has a huge upside.”

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.