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35 PG alums shine as Fall Stars

Jeff Dahn

Published: Friday, November 02, 2018



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The 13th annual Arizona Fall League (AFL) Fall Stars Game will be played Saturday at Surprise (Ariz.) Stadium, and Minor League Baseball’s top-prospect showcase event will once again have a heavy Perfect Game flavor.

Nineteen of the 24 prospects on the East roster and 16 of the 24 on the West roster competed in at least one PG event during their high school years, and 16 of them were invited to perform on two of PG’s biggest showcase stages: the All-American Classic and the National Showcase.

The MLB Network will televise the 2018 AFL Fall Stars Game live at 5 p.m. MST; MLB.com will also live-stream the event.

Eight 2018 AFL Fall Stars were selected to perform at the prestigious PG All-American Classic in San Diego right before the start of their senior year in high school: outfielder Cavan Biggio (2012 Classic), left-hander Robert Kaminsky (2012), right-hander Jordan Sheffield (2012), outfielder Monte Harrison (2013), left-hander Devin Smeltzer (2013), outfielder Dazmon Cameron (2014), infielder Jahmai Jones (2014) and outfielder Khalil Lee (2015).

All eight of those top prospects also performed at the PG National Showcase the same summer they played in the Classic. Eight other 2018 Fall Stars are also alumni of the National Showcase:

Infielder Pete Alonso (2012 National), right-hander Brett Hanewich (2012), right-hander David McKay (2012), infielder Cole Tucker (2013), right-hander DeMarcus Evans (2014), infielder Lucius Fox Jr., infielder Carter Kieboom (2015) and left-hander Kyle Muller (2015).

Additionally, 20 of the 35 PG Fall Stars performed at the PG WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., at least once, and many attended the nation’s most heavily scouted high school-age amateur baseball tournament more than once; it celebrated its 20th birthday late last month.

What follows is a list of many of the top MiBL prospects with Perfect Game backgrounds who will be playing in Saturday’s AFL Fall Stars Game in Surprise, Ariz., with their position, parent club and noteworthy PG appearances:

AFL East PG Fall Stars

Ben Braymer, LHP, Nationals: 2012 WWBA

Bailey Clark, RHP, Cubs: 2011-12 WWBA

Jon Duplantier, RHP, Diamondbacks: 2013 WWBA

Brett Hanewich, RHP, Angels: 2012 National Showcase, 2011 Jr. National Showcase, 2010-12 WWBA World Championship, 2009-12 WWBA/BCS

Justin Lawrence, RHP, Rockies: 2012 Sunshine East Showcase, 2009-12 WWBA/BCS

Devin Smeltzer, LHP, Twins: 2013 All-American Classic, 2013 National Showcase, 2012-13 WWBA World Championship, 2012-13 WWBA

Trent Thornton, RHP, Astros: 2011 WWBA World Championship, 2008-11 WWBA/BCS

Forrest Whitley, RHP, Astros: 2014 WWBA World Championship, 2014-15 WWBA

Jake Rogers, C, Tigers: 2013 World Showcase, 2011 Sunshine South Showcase, 2012 WWBA World Championship

Pete Alonso, INF, Mets: 2012 National Showcase, 2011 Southeast Top Showcase, 2011-12 WWBA World Championship, 2010-12 WWBA

Bobby Dalbec, INF, Red Sox: 2012 Rocky Mountain Showcase, 2013 WWBA

Jahmai Jones, INF, Angels: 2014 All-American Classic, 2014 National Showcase, 2013 Jr. National Showcase, 2013-14 WWBA World Championship, 2012-15 WWBA/BCS

Carter Kieboom, INF, Nationals: 2015 National Showcase, 2013 Underclass Showcase-Main Event, 2013-15 WWBA World Championship, 2011-15 WWBA/BCS

Shedric Long, INF, Reds: 2012 WWBA World Championship, 2012 WWBA

Pavin Smith, INF, Diamondbacks: 2012-13 WWBA World Showcase, 2010-13 WWBA/BCS

Dazmon Cameron, OF, Tigers: 2014 All-American Classic, 2014 National Showcase, 2011-13 Underclass Showcase-Main Event, 2011-13 WWBA World Championship, 2011-14 WWBA/BCS

Monte Harrison, OF, Marlins: 2013 All-American Classic, 2013 National Showcase, 2013, 2013 Sunshine South Showcase, 2012 WWBA

Austin Listi, OF, Phillies: 2010 Sunshine South Showcase, 2010 Underclass All-American Games, 2010-11 WWBA

Taylor Trammell, OF, Reds: 2012-13 WWBA/BCS, 2015 WWBA

AFL West PG Fall Stars

DeMarcus Evans, RHP, Padres: 2014 National Showcase, 2014 WWBA World Championship, 2014 WWBA

Robert Kaminsky, LHP, Indians: 2012 All-American Classic, 2012 National Showcase, 2011 WWBA World Championship, 2010-12 WWBA/BCS

Matt Krook, LHP, Rays: 2010 WWBA

Evan Kruczynski, LHP, Cardinals: 2013 Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase, 2011-12 WWBA World Championship, 2011-12 WWBA

David McKay, RHP, Mariners: 2012 National Showcase, 2012 Sunshine East Showcase, 2011-12 WWBA World Championship, 2011-12 WWBA/BCS

Wyatt Mills, RHP, Mariners: 2010-12 WWBA/BCS

Kyle Muller, LHP, Braves: 2015 National Showcase, 2013 South Underclass Showcase, 2014 WWBA World Championship, 2014 WWBA

Nathan Pearson, RHP, Blue Jays: 2013 Sunshine East Showcase, 2014 Florida Top Showcase, 2014 WWBA World Championship, 2011-14 WWBA/BCS

Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Dodgers: 2012 All-American Classic, 2012 National Showcase, 2012 WWBA World Championship, 2011-12 WWBA

Blake Weiman, LHP, Pirates: 2013-14 PG Coach Bob Invitational

Lucius Fox Jr., INF, Rays: 2014 National Showcase, 2012-14 WWBA World Championship, 2012-14 WWBA/BCS

Keston Hiura, INF, Brewers: 2013 Sunshine West Showcase

Cole Tucker, INF, Pirates: 2013 National Showcase, 2013-14 WWBA

Evan White, INF, Mariners: 2013 WWBA

Cavan Biggio, OF, Blue Jays: 2012 All-American Classic, 2012 National Showcase, 2011 Jr. National Showcase, 2012 WWBA World Championship, 2010-12 WWBA/BCS

Khalil Lee, OF, Royals: 2015 All-American Classic, 2015 National Showcase, 2013 Sunshine Northeast Showcase, 2014-15 WWBA World Championship, 2014-15 WWBA/BCS

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