Ballplayer: Pelotero

This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo is a gritty and rare look inside Major League Baseball's recruitment of top talent in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with MLB teams. As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty and achieve their dream: to one day play in the Major Leagues.

 

“A well-crafted, bravely revealing little film that could be considered essential education for baseball fans.” -Boston Globe
 Commendably, the film…sugarcoats nothing”  -The New York Times