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PG Pre-Draft to be live-streamed
Sunday, May 12, 2013
To view the full workouts and batting practice, please visit this link: http://www.ihigh.com/perfectgame/broadcast_297893.html?silverlight=1
RAPIDS, Iowa – The Perfect Game Pre-Draft Showcase is one of PG’s
longest running, dating to 1999 when young prospects such as Carl
Crawford, Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Clement were in attendance. Now,
years later, the Pre-Draft has its foundation firmly planted in the
21st century while it welcomes the next generation of future
major-leaguers to eastern Iowa.
15th annual PG Pre-Draft Showcase will be held at Perfect Game Field at
Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, May 13, and for the first time
the event will be live-streamed on perfectgame.org.
This will provide scouts, college coaches and the prospects’ family
members and friends that are unable to attend the showcase an avenue
on which to watch online.
will be producing video from the entire event – workouts and game
action – and iHigh will live-stream the video through a link on
Perfect Game’s website. PG Vice President of Player Personnel David
Rawnsley will provide live on-air analysis and insight on all of the
nearly 50 prospects that will be in attendance.
PG Pre-Draft Showcase is designed to give top high school and junior
college prospects a final opportunity to perform in front of the scouting community before June’s MLB
First-Year Player Draft. The showcase is always held on a Monday so
as not to interfere with weekend college games, thus providing
scouting directors and cross-checkers an event that won’t conflict
with any others on their schedule.
regarded prospects from nine states and Puerto Rico will be in
attendance. But it is the presence of three prospects from Venezuela
and five others from Canada that make this year’s Pre-Draft
Showcase a truly international event.
two mostly highly ranked draft-eligible prospects in attendance
happen to be a couple of left-handed pitchers from the Midwest. Jake
Brentz, a left-hander/outfielder from Ballwin, Mo., has signed with
Missouri and is ranked the No. 51 overall prospect in the draft; A.J.
Puk, a left-hander/first baseman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has signed
with Florida and is ranked No. 71 on PG’s draft board. Those
rankings project both players to be selected sometime in the first
is ranked the No. 18 national prospect in the high school class of
2013. Puk, who played in the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic,
is ranked No. 20.
2012 PG All-American who will be on hand is Alabama right-hander
Kevin Davis, an Auburn signee from Brewton. Davis is the No.
69-ranked national prospect in the class of 2013 and is projected to
go anywhere from rounds 4 through 10 in the draft.
right-hander Andrew Dunlap, a Rice signee from Houston who set an
event record when he threw a 96 mph fastball at the PG
Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase in February, will also pitch Monday.
He is a converted catcher who is ranked 56th nationally in the 2013 class, and who, like Davis, is projected as a
rounds 4-10 type of guy.
right-hander Casey Meisner from Cypress, Texas, is ranked 93rd nationally and is yet another prospect projected to be taken in the
first 10 rounds. Meisner is a Texas Tech recruit and will be joined
at the showcase by fellow Red Raiders signee Bryce Welborn, a
right-hander from The Woodlands, Texas.
highest nationally ranked 2013 position players that will be on hand
include: No. 75 Ronnie Healy, a catcher out of Jupiter, Fla. (Broward
CC); No. 79 Ian Hagenmiller, a shortstop from West Palm Beach, Fla.
(Palm Beach State); and No. 89 Stephen Alemais, a middle-infielder
from New York City who attends Elev8 Sports Institute in Florida
(Tulane). All three are projected as first-10-rounds selections
heading into Monday's Pre-Draft Showcase.
Canadian prospects Lachlan Fontaine from North Vancouver, B.C.; Malik
Collymore from Mississauga, Ontario; and Daniel Pinero from Toronto,
are all intriguing. Fontaine, a third baseman, is ranked 136th nationally (both U.S. and Canada) and No. 2 in British Columbia
(Central Arizona CC); Collymore, a shortstop, is No. 178 nationally
and No. 3 in Ontario (Blinn College); and Pinero, also a shortstop,
is No. 406 nationally and No. 5 in Ontario (Virginia).
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