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Perfect Game Junior Olympic Team
Perfect Game Staff        
Published: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

The Perfect Game team in the Jupiter Junior Olympics finished in second place. While not winning the championship game, it’s hard to argue against the PG team having the most talent. In addition to sponsoring a team in the Junior Olympics Perfect Game scouted both events in Jupiter, FL and Tucson, AZ. 16 of the 18 players who were selected to represent the Youth National Team have been to Perfect Game events. 19 out of the 20 on the USA Junior National Team have been to Perfect Game events. Former Perfect Game players accounted for 19 of the 20 on the USA National Team roster, comprised of college players.

The Perfect Game Roster in the Junior Olympics

Chris Tanabe            OF        Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dave DiNatale           OF       Pampano Beach, FL
Donald Gunn            P/IF      West Palm Beach, FL
Chris Dominguez      IF/P      Miramar, FL
Jeremy Hellickson    P/IF       Des Moines, IA
Justin Upton            SS/OF   Chesapeake, VA
AJ Wirnsberger        OF/C     North Port, AL
Tyler Klein               C/IF      Conroe, TX
Mark Ortega             IF         Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Gabby Saade           IF         Miami, FL
Matt Davis               P/IF      Opelika, AL
Ryan Jenkins           P          Houston, TX
Matt Adams            IF          Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Aaron Miller            P/OF     Channelview, TX
Chris Armstrong      P/OF     Owassa, OK
Ryan Mitchell          P          Magnolia, TX
Adrian Cardenas      IF         Miami Lakes, FL
Jorge Castillo         1B         Miami, FL
Chase Wilson         P          Tuscaloosa, AL
David Christianson  P          Ft Lauderdale, FL

6 of the above players were invited to the trials for the Youth National team. Two of the best 05 prospects in America are Justin Upton and Chris Dominguez who were not among the finalist due to age regulations. Jeremy Hellickson and Mark Ortega made the Youth National team and Hellickson went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the World Championship. He threw a nine inning gem against Cuba to get USA into the championship game against the home team Chinese Taipei. Former Perfect Game standouts, Justin Bristow and Jarred Bogany led the team in hitting. Bristow was named the MVP of the tournament and Hellickson was certainly the top pitcher in the World Championship.

For more visit the USA Baseball Site
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