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Draft : : Story
Could be another new record in the draft for PG!
Perfect Game Staff        
Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009

Could be another new record in the draft for PG!

Last year’s record 1.164 draft picks that had played in PG events could be in jeopardy. After the first 30 rounds (921 Picks) we have confirmed at least 715 draft picks that attended PG events. That is about 78% of all those drafted. Last year’s record was 77.4% of all draft picks, so we are slightly ahead of last year, before entering the final 20 rounds.

We don’t add them just because we scout and rank them. If we did that, we could claim nearly every draft pick. Only if they actually attend a PG event do we add them to the draft totals.

The first round is always one of the best rounds for PG. Take a look at this year’s first and supplemental first round. 30 of the 32 first round picks have attended a PG event. Most have attended multiple PG events.

Of the top 111 picks (first 3 rounds) 39 have attended the PG National Showcase. 22 former Aflac All Americans were selected in the first three rounds. 33 former Aflac All Americans went in the first 5 rounds. The numbers that have played in the WWBA tournaments in Marietta Georgia and the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter Florida is astounding.

97 of 111 in the first three rounds played at PG Events. That is well over 87% of the first three rounds. Most of those players were at multiple PG events. We also scouted many of these same players at East Coast Pro, Area Codes, USA Baseball and other top events.

* PG National Showcase and Aflac All American Game in BOLD

First Round

Stephen Strasburg RHP (Pick 1, round 1) San Diego State
Washington Nationals

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank 2006 class – 136

Dustin Ackley OF (Pick 2, round 1) UNC
Seattle Mariners

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2005 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
Final HS rank 2006 class – 280

Donavan Tate OF (Pick 3, round 1) HS, GA
San Diego Padres

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA 15U National Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 16U National Championship.
2006 PG/BCS Championship.
2007 PG/BCS 16U Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2007 PG/BCS 18U Championship.
2008 PG National Invitational.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 PG/BCS 18U Championship.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank 2009 class – 3

Tony Sanchez C (Pick 4, round 1) Boston College
Pittsburgh Pirates

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank 2006 class – 650

Matt Hobgood RHP (Pick 5, round 1) HS CA
Baltimore Orioles

PG Events:
2008 PG California Underclass Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank 2009 class - 7

Zack Wheeler RHP (Pick 6, round 1) HS GA
San Francisco Giants

PG Events:
2006 PG/WWBA 15U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2007 PG/BCS 17U Championship.
2007 PG/Aflac Showcase.
2007 SE Top Prospect Showcase.
2007 PG Underclass World Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG National Invitational.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 PG/BCS 18U Championship.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank 2009 class – 4

Mike Minor LHP (Pick 7, round 1) Vanderbilt
Atlanta Braves

PG Events:
2004 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2005 PG National Showcase.
2005 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank 2006 class 112

Mike Leake RHP (Pick 8, round 1) Arizona State
Cincinnati Reds

PG Events:
2004 PG/WWBA Holiday Championship.
Final HS rank 2006 class - 288

Jacob Turner RHP (Pick 9, round 1) HS MO
Detroit Tigers

PG Events:
2007 PG Pitcher/Catcher Showcase.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank 2009 class – 5

Drew Storen RHP (Pick 10, round 1) Stanford
Washington Nationals

PG Events:
2004 PG/Kernels Championship.
2004 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2005 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank 2007 class – 274

Tyler Matzek LHP (Pick 11, round 1) HS CA
Colorado Rockies

PG Events:
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank 2009 class – 1

Aaron Crow RHP (Pick 12, round 1) Independent
Kansas City Royals

PG Events: None that we can find

Grant Green SS (Pick 13, round 1) Southern Cal
Oakland A’s

PG Events:
2004 PG Western Underclass Showcase.
2004 West Coast Top Prospect Showcase.
2005 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank 2006 class – 37

Matt Purke LHP (Pick 14, round 1) HS TX
Texas Rangers

PG Events:
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank 2009 class - 2

Alex White RHP (Pick 15, round 1) UNC
Cleveland Indians

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 35

Bobby Borchering 3B (Pick 16, round 1) HS FL
Arizona D’Backs

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA World Underclass Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA World Underclass Championship.
2006 PG National Underclass Showcase.
2007 PG/BCS Florida Regional.
2007 PG/BCS 16U Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 16U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA World Underclass Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2007 National Underclass Showcase.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 PG/BCS 17U Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA Florida Qualifier.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 9

A.J. Pollock OF (Pick 17, round 1) Notre Dame
Arizona D’Backs

PG Events:
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – Unranked

Chad James LHP (Pick 18, round 1) HS OK
Florida Marlins

PG Events:
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG National Showcase. 2008
PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2009 PG National Predraft Showcase.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 16

Shelby Miller RHP (Pick 19, round 1) HS TX
St Louis Cardinals

PG Events:
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 6

Chad Jenkins RHP (Pick 20, round 1) Kennesaw State
Toronto Blue Jays

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2005 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2005 PG SE Top Prospect Showcase.
2005 PG /WWBA World Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 - 653

Jiovanni Mier SS (Pick 21, round 1) HS CA
Houston Astros

PG Events:
2006 PG Sunshine West Showcase.
2006 PG Underclass Showcase.
2007 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2007 PG Junior National Showcase.
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG California Underclass Showcase.
2008 PG Sunshine West Showcase.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 13

Kyle Gibson RHP (Pick 22, round 1) Missouri
Minnesota Twins

PG Events:
2004 PG Kernels Championship.
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 752

Jared Mitchell OF (Pick 23, round 1) LSU
Chicago White Sox

PG Events:
2004 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2005 PG National Showcase.
2005 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2005 Aflac All American Game.
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 59

Randal Grichuk OF (Pick 24, round 1) HS TX
Los Angeles Angels

PG Events:
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 26

Mike Trout OF (Pick 25, round 1) HS NJ
Los Angeles Angels

PG Events:
2007 PG/WWBA 16U Mid Atlantic Qualifier.
2007 PG/WWBA 15U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA Underclass World Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 16U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA NE Qualifier.
2008 PG/WWBA NE Qualifier #2.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 8

Eric Arnett RHP (Pick 26, round 1) Indiana
Milwaukee Brewers

PG events: None that we can track.

Nick Franklin SS (Pick 27, round 1) HS FL
Seattle Mariners

PG Events:
2006 PG/WWBA 16U National Championship.
2006 PG National Underclass Showcase.
2007 PG Invitational.
2007 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2007 PG/BCS 16 U Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 16U National Championship.
2007 PG Underclass Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG World Showcase.
2008 PG/BCS Florida Qualifier.
2008 PG National Invitational.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 PG/BSC 18U Championship.
2008 PG/BCS 17U Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 14

Reymond Fuentes OF (Pick 28, round 1) HS PR
Boston Red Sox

PG Events:
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG World Showcase.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 35

Slade Heathcott OF (Pick 29, round 1) HS TX
New York Yankees

PG Events:
2006 PG South Underclass Showcase.
2006 PG/WWBA Underclass Championship.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 17

LeVon Washington OF (Pick 30, round 1) HS FL
Tampa Bay Rays

PG Events:
2007 PG National Underclass Showcase.
2008 PG/BCS Qualifier.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
2008 PG Florida Qualifier.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 38

Brett Jackson OF (Pick 31, round 1) California
Chicago Cubs

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 147

Tim Wheeler OF (Pick 32, round 1) Sacramento State
Colorado Rockies

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2006 PG National Predraft Showcase.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 612

Supplemental First Round

Steve Baron C (Pick 33, round 1) HS FL
Seattle Mariners

PG Events:
2007 PG/WWBA Underclass Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 113

Rex Brothers LHP (Pick 34, round 1) Lipscomb College
Colorado Rockies

PG Events:
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 - Unranked

Matt Davidson 3B (Pick 35, round 1) HS CA
Arizona D’Backs

PG Events:
2007 PG Junior National Showcase.
2007 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2008 PG California Underclass Showcase.
2008 PG National Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 Aflac All American Game.
2008 PG West Coast Top Prospect Showcase.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 11

Aaron Miller LHP (Pick 36, round 1) Baylor
Los Angeles Dodgers

PG Events:
2002 PG National Underclass Showcase.
2003 PG/WWBA Freshman National Championship.
2003 PG/WWBA Underclass World Championship.
2004 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2005 PG National Showcase.
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2005 Aflac All American Game.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 34

James Paxton RHP (Pick 37, round 1) Kentucky
Toronto Blue Jays

PG Events:
None that we can track.

Josh Phegley C (Pick 38, round 1) Indiana
Chicago White Sox

PG Events:
Has played in PG tournaments, but his file was accidentally deleted. Will update later.

Kentrail Davis OF (Pick 39, round 1) Tennessee
Milwaukee Brewers

PG Events:
2004 PG State Showcase.
2004 PG National Underclass Showcase.
2005 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2006 PG World Showcase.
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship
2006 PG National Showcase.
2006 Aflac All American Game.
2006 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2007 – 29

Tyler Skaggs LHP (Pick 40, round 1) HS CA

PG Events:
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 36

Chris Owings SS (Pick 41, round 1) HS SC
Arizona D’Backs

PG Events:
2007 PG/WWBA 16U National Championship.
2008 PG/WWBA 17U National Championship.
2008 Fall Classic Chicago.
2008 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2009 – 37

Garrett Richards RHP (Pick 42, round 1) Oklahoma
Los Angeles Angels

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 443

Bradley Boxberger RHP (Pick 43, round 1) Southern Cal
Cincinnati Reds

PG Events:
2005 PG California Tournament.
Final HS rank – NA

Tanner Scheppers RHP (Pick 44, round 1) Independent
Texas Rangers

PG Events:
2004 PG West Coast Top Prospect Showcase.
Final HS rank - NA

Michael Belfiore OF (Pick 45, round 1)
Arizona D’Backs

PG Events:
2004 PG/WWBA World Championship.
2005 PG National Showcase.
2005 PG?WWBA 17U National Championship.
2005 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2005 PG/Aflac Showcase.
2005 PG Atlantic Coast Top Prospect Showcase.
2005 NE Top Prospect Showcase.
2005 PG/WWBA World Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 - 418

Matt Bashore RHP (Pick 46, round 1) Indiana
Minnesota Twins

PG Events: None on file

Kyle Heckathorn RHP (Pick 47, round 1) Kennesaw State
Milwaukee Brewers

PG Events:
2005 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship. 2006 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
2007 PG/WWBA 18U National Championship.
Final HS rank class of 2006 – 258

Tyler Kehrer LHP (Pick 48, round 1) Eastern Illinois
Minnesota Twins

PG Events: None on file

Victor Black RHP (Pick 49, round 1) Dallas Baptist
Pittsburgh Pirates

PG Events: None on file

Picks from beginning of second round to 111 (first day of the draft through 3 rounds) only 6 players had never been to a PG event. The vast majority having attended several PG events. Of the top 111 picks (first 3 rounds) 39 have attended the PG National Showcase. 22 former Aflac All Americans were selected in the first three rounds. 33 former Aflac All Americans went in the first 5 rounds. The numbers that have played in the WWBA tournaments in Marietta Georgia and the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter Florida is astounding.