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Rawlings® and Perfect Game USA announce
Preseason All-American and All-Region Teams

Annual awards recognize the top senior athletes at the high school level

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 17, 2009) - Rawlings Sporting Goods® announced today its annual Rawlings Preseason All-American and All-Region Teams to recognize the top 400 high school baseball athletes in the U.S., while also showcasing their abilities to collegiate and professional scouts. In partnership with Perfect Game USA, the world’s largest scouting report service, Rawlings is devoted to distinguishing “THE FINEST IN THE FIELD” with the these two prestigious awards.

Mike Thompson, Rawlings Vice-President, said, “These selected athletes are being recognized for their skill, athleticism, and dedication to their game which allows them to perform to the highest level of game play. With more than 240,000 high school athletes in the nation, these players represent the very best in their class.”

The Rawlings Preseason All-Region 1st Team recognizes 400 players from eight regions around the U.S. Each of the regions will form a 50-man roster, complete with catchers, pitchers, infielders and outfielders.

In addition, the top 150 of the 400 athletes will be named to the Rawlings Preseason All-American Team. All 150 award recipients will be named to one of three teams, each including a 50-man roster.

“Rawlings and Perfect Game USA are synonymous with the game of baseball and these preseason awards allow us to reward these elite athletes for their hard work and contribution to the game,” said Thompson.

“To receive the Rawlings Preseason All-American or All-Region Award is a tremendous achievement for these high school athletes,” said Jerry Ford, President, Perfect Game USA. “We’re proud to partner with Rawlings to recognize their talent as they prepare for their careers playing collegiate or professional baseball.”

About Rawlings: Rawlings is a leading marketer and manufacturer of baseball equipment and other sporting goods in the United States. Rawlings is the Official Baseball and Helmet of Major League Baseball® and official ball of the NCAA® baseball championships. Rawlings is also the official basketball for the NAIA®, NJCAA®, AAU® and many other organizations as well as official football of the NAIA®. Rawlings is the official basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer ball of the National High School Federation®. For more information, please visit www.rawlings.com.

About Perfect Game USA: Perfect Game has become the world’s largest scouting report service, reporting on thousands of young players each year. Perfect Game uses its resources to help others involved in amateur baseball. Whether it’s helping USA Baseball scout the Junior Olympics in Arizona and Florida or sponsoring the famous Lions Tournament in San Diego, Perfect Game seeks to identify the top performance athletes. For more information, please visit www.perfectgame.org.




Click the links below for All American and All Regional Teams

FIRST TEAM RAWLINGS PRESEASON ALL AMERICA
NamePos.HtWtCityStHigh SchoolSummerCommitmentDraft Info
Luke Bailey C6-0195LaGrangeGATroup CountyGeorgia RoadrunnersAuburn Rays (4)
Bobby Borchering 3B6-4194AlvaFLBishop VerotFL Raiders Scout TeamFlorida Diamondbacks (1)
Brody Colvin RHP6-4190LafayetteLASt Thomas More Louisiana State Phillies (7)
Matt Davidson 3B6-3205YucaipaCAYucaipaABD BulldogsSouthern California Diamondbacks (1)
George (Buck) Farmer RHP6-3190ConyersGARockdale CountyEast Cobb YankeesGeorgia Tech Braves (5)
Nick Franklin SS6-1180LongwoodFLLake BrantleyOrlando ScorpionsAuburn Mariners (1)
Ryan "Scooter" Gennett MIF5-11170SarasotaFLSarasota ChristianMidlandFlorida State Brewers (16)
Mychal Givens SS6-2185TampaFLPlant City Oklahoma State Orioles (2)
Alex Glenn OF5-11175McDonoughGAHenry CountyAtlanta Blue JaysSouthern California Marlins (37)
Brian Goodwin OF6-1190Rocky MountNCRocky Mount South Carolina White Sox (17)
Scott Griggs RHP6-2185AlamoCASan Ramon ValleyNorCal BaseballUCLA Mariners (8)
Miles Head 3B6-1215BrooksGAWhitewaterE Cobb Braves (2008)Georgia Red Sox (26)
Slade Heathcott OF6-1196TexarkanaTXTexasDallas BatsLouisiana State Yankees (1)
Michael Heller MIF6-2185BradentonFLCardinal MooneyFL RaidersFlorida Pirates (29)
Matt Helm 3B6-1200Queen CreekAZPinnacleChili Davis Premier BaseballArizona Diamondbacks (7)
Matt Hobgood RHP6-4240NorcoCANorcoTrombly BravesCal State Fullerton Orioles (1)
Chad James LHP6-4200YukonOKYukonMidwest WolverinesOklahoma State Marlins (1)
Chad Kettler SS6-1192CoppellTXCoppellDallas TigersOklahoma Dodgers (24)
Austin Maddox C6-3220JacksonvilleFLEagle`S View AcademyTeam MizunoFlorida Rays (37)
Jake Marisnick OF6-4200RiversideCAPolytechnic Oregon Blue Jays (3)
Deven Marrero MIF6-1180DavieFLAmerican HeritageMidland RedskinsArizona State Reds (17)
Steven Matz LHP6-2185Stony BrookNYWard Melville SeniorPaveco Storm BlackCoastal Carolina Mets (2)
Tyler Matzek LHP6-3185Mission ViejoCACapistrano ValleyTrombly BravesOregon Rockies (1)
Jiovanni Mier SS6-2170PomonaCABonitaABD BulldogsSouthern California Astros (1)
Shelby Miller RHP6-3195BrownwoodTXBrownwoodAustin SlamTexas A&M Cardinals (1)
William (Wil) Myers 3B6-3190ThomasvilleNCWesleyan Christian AcademyDirt BagsSouth Carolina Royals (3)
David Nick MIF6-2175CypressCACypressABD BulldogsUCLA Diamondbacks (4)
Brooks Pounders RHP6-5220TemeculaCATemecula ValleyABD Bulldogs/Trombly BravesSouthern California Pirates (2)
Matthew Purke LHP6-3170SpringTXKleinHouston HeatTCU Rangers (3)
Felix Roque RHP6-4215MiamiFLMiami ChristianAll American Prospects 
Keyvius Sampson RHP6-1180OcalaFLForestWinning SilverFlorida State Padres (4)
Richie Shaffer 3B6-3190CharlotteNCProvidenceSouth Charlotte PanthersClemson Dodgers (25)
Jonathan Singleton 1B6-2218LakewoodCAMillikanSan Gabriel Valley ArsenalLong Beach State Phillies (8)
Tyler Skaggs LHP6-5180VeniceCASanta Monica Cal State Fullerton Angels (1)
Max Stassi C5-10187Yuba CityCAYuba CityHS teamUCLA Athletics (4)
Drew Steckenrider OF6-4200LawrencevilleGAGreater Atlanta ChristianEast Cobb BravesTennessee Marlins (8)
Trent Stevenson RHP6-6175ScottsdaleAZChandler Arizona Pirates (7)
Cody Stiles RHP6-1180Coral SpringsFLJ. P. TaravellaThe BombersNorth Carolina Yankees (39)
Andrew Susac C6-1190RosevilleCAJesuitEDH VipersOregon State Phillies (2)
Donavan Tate OF6-3185CartersvilleGACartersvilleEast Cobb Braves 17UNorth Carolina Padres (1)
Chad Thompson RHP6-8215Trabuco CanyonCAEl ToroABD Bulldogs '09Arizona State Yankees (27)
Mike Trout OF6-2190MillvilleNJMillvilleTri-State Arsenal 15uEast Carolina Angels (1)
Jacob Turner RHP6-4205St CharlesMOWestminster Christian AcademyRawlings ProspectsNorth Carolina Tigers (1)
Daniel Tuttle RHP6-2185RandlemanNCRandlemanGeorgia RoadrunnersNorth Carolina State Reds (5)
Zachary Von Rosenberg RHP6-5210ZacharyLAZacharyLA All Stars PhilliesLouisiana State Pirates (6)
Jonathan Walsh C6-3211CoppellTXCoppellDallas TigersTexas Giants (18)
LeVon Washington OF5-10170GainesvilleFLF. W. BuchholzFL HardballersFlorida Rays (2)
Zack Wheeler RHP6-4180DallasGAEast PauldingEast Cobb BravesKennesaw State Giants (1)
Dane Williams RHP6-6205Ft LauderdaleFLArchbishop Edward MccarthyAll American ProspectsNorth Carolina State White Sox (15)
Everett Williams OF5-10195AustinTXMccallum Texas Padres (2)

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