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PG Sunshine Southeast to debut

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Jeff Dahn        
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (January 27, 2014) – The Perfect Game Sunshine Showcase series, the oldest of which will mark its 14th anniversary this year, has added a fifth event to bring even more exposure to prospects in yet another region of the country.

The inaugural PG Sunshine Southeast Showcase will run for three days May 30 through June 1 north of Atlanta. The event will be at Perfect Game’s future permanent address at the LakePoint sporting complex in Emerson, Ga., if the new regulation-size playing fields currently under construction are completed in time. If the fields at LakePoint aren’t ready to go, the PG Sunshine Southeast Showcase will be held at nearby Cartersville (Ga.) High School.

This showcase is designed to attract the top high school prospects from the Southeast, including the talent-rich states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North and South Carolina. Its appeal could conceivably reach up into the Ohio Valley region, as well.

The PG Sunshine Southeast Showcase joins a lineup that this year includes the 14th annual PG Sunshine East Showcase, May 31-June 1 in Fort Myers, Fla.; the 10th annual PG Sunshine South Showcase, May 31-June 1 in Tomball, Texas; the 9th annual PG Sunshine Northeast Showcase, May 31-June 1 in Aston, Pa.; and the 12th annual PG Sunshine West Showcase, June 7-8 in Chula Vista, Calif.

The PG Sunshine showcases have become recognized as the unofficial kick-off events for the summer baseball season at venues from coast-to-coast, and an average of 243 prospects attended each of the four Sunshine events in 2013.

They provide an excellent opportunity for prospects that will be high school seniors in the fall to earn an invitation to the prestigious Perfect Game National Showcase, and for younger players to earn one to the PG Junior National Showcase. Those events will run consecutively June 9-16 at the JetBlue Player Development Complex in Fort Myers.

Throughout their long runs, the Sunshine East, Sunshine Northeast, Sunshine South and Sunshine West showcases have graduated nearly 2,000 alumni that made verbal commitments to continue their playing careers at colleges of every level. More than 460 Sunshine showcase alumni were selected in the June MLB First-Year Player Draft – two dozen in the first round – either following successful college careers or directly out of high school.

Twenty-one alumni of the Sunshine East have made their Major League Baseball debuts, including the Red Sox’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Royals’ Eric Hosmer, the Reds’ Joey Votto and the White Sox’s Chris Sale. Five Sunshine West alumni have debuted in the big leagues, including the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole.


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