Leading up to 2007 Perfect Game National Showcase in Cincinnati is a perfect time to talk about last year’s PG National and the results from 2007 MLB draft.
It was June of 2006 inFayetteville, AR. Perfect Game’s National Showcase was held one full year before the 2007 draft, as always. All players invited were selected based mostly on their sophomore year because invitations started going out before the 2006 high school season was underway. It is difficult picking the best prospects in the country so very early, but here are the results. Remember that these players were selected for the PG National before their junior year started.
The Perfect Game National is the #1 Showcase event in amateur baseball. The MLB clubs and top colleges are fully aware of this even if the general public isn’t aware. It’s been this way for a long time as past PG National Showcases have produced the highest number of first round selections of any other showcase event. Perfect Game also selects all the Aflac Classic All Americans each year. The nationally televised Aflac All American Classic is the number one event in high school baseball. In just four years, 43 Aflac All American’s have been selected in the first round. That makes it more than one out of every four Aflac All Americans that have become first round picks. Many others were selected in the second round.
Over 100 players from this one showcase last year, were selected by MLB clubs in the draft last week. There were nearly 100 college players selected who had been at past PG National Showcases. This one small prestigious showcase accounted for 16% of the entire draft. 17 first round picks attended last year’s PG National Showcase and 10 more PG National players were second/third round selections. In the first 20 rounds over 80% of the players selected had been to Perfect Game events (510 players). This includes an overall record 54 players from PG events who were selected in the first round this year. The final totals will not be available until later database checks are complete, but it looks like last year’s record of 952 draft picks who attended PG events will be broken, even though there were 48 fewer overall draft picks this year.
Below is a list of the high school players drafted this year who appeared at the PG National in Arkansas in June of 06. We apologize if we missed a few. Also, it should be noted that many of last year’s PG National players were not drafted because of strong college commitments. Some of those players were potential early picks. Nearly every PG National player has signed with a highest level DI program. For a complete list of players who attended the 2006 PG National Showcase go here…Players that attended 2006 PG National Showcase
San Juan Capitstrano
Port St. Lucie
All but one of the high school first round picks were invited to last year’s PG National but all could not attend. Most of those did attend other PG events. Next week’s 2007 PG National Showcase in Cincinnati should have the same type results.