The East Coast Pro Showcase starts this morning in Lakeland, Florida. The event, which was held in Wilmington, North Carolina for many years before moving to Lakeland in 2007, is organized by Major League scouts and annually features some of the best high school talent from the eastern part of the United States.
Approximately 150 players, predominantly 2011's with a scattering of top 2012's, are divided up into 6 teams that are assigned to geographic regions as follows:
DIAMONDBACKS – MD, DE, VA, NC, SC
ASTROS– GA, Florida from Orlando North (Eastern Time Zone)
TIGERS – Florida from Orlando South through the Keys, Puerto Rico
ANGELS – Eastern PA, NJ, NY, CT, VT, MA, ME, RI, NH
A’s – TN, KY, IN, OH, MI, WV, Western PA, Midwest
PADRES – LA, MS, AL, AR, FL Panhandle (Central Time Zone)
Along with going through a myraid of standard workouts (BP, infield, 60's, MLSB testing), each team will play one full game a day for the next four days. Today the A's play the Tigers at 11 am to start things off.
Perfect Game will have full scouting notes on this blog throughout the event, so check back often.
-- David Rawnsley