Showcase

2012 Midwest Underclass Showcase

Aug 18, 2012 - Aug 19, 2012

Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - 950 Rockford Rd SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 Map

- Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium
  950 Rockford Rd SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 Map   

- Jefferson HS
  1301 15 Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 Map   

- Xavier HS
  6300 42 St NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Map   

Schedule has been updated (Friday 2:30PM)
Players will be running the 60 yard dash on turf at Kingston Stadium located next to the Stadium.
Players must wear turf/tennis shoes to run the 60.
Perfect Game is an organization that defined an industry and remains baseball’s most respected scouting report service.

Perfect Game provides showcases, tournaments, online video, national rankings, player profiles, scouting reports and college and professional opportunities to the nation’s top prospects and their families.

Where talent goes, professional scouts and top college recruiters are sure to follow, and Perfect Game can offer the best in baseball increased exposure, insight and professionalism to propel them through their baseball careers.
Roy Clark: "Jerry (Ford) and his staff do an outstanding job. We feel that they put on, and it’s not even close, the best showcases and tournaments of anybody. They’re so well organized. Jerry has tremendous knowledge of scouting. They have a lot of former professional and college baseball people in their organization.

"Since they put on the best showcases and tournaments, naturally they’re going to get the best players. We are pretty much a high-school oriented organization, so where the best players go, we will be there. We have sometimes up to 10 or 11 scouts covering Perfect Game events. It gives athletes the chance to compete at the highest level of their age group, in a team or showcase format, in some of the best facilities in front of both colleges and scouts.

"They’re (Perfect Game) the best, and the top colleges and the highest level scouts know it."
Perfect Game set a new record for the tenth consecutive year following the 2011 MLB draft. Of the 1,530 players selected, 1,323 had attended a Perfect Game event, and 294 of the first 331 picks were Perfect Game alumni. Many of these alumni had participated in multiple Perfect Game tournaments, showcases and/or leagues.

In the past ten years, 9,073 Perfect Game participants have been chosen in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. However, these figures do not account for the many Latin American free agents who participate in Perfect Game showcases and tournaments and then sign with Major League clubs. One can only imagine how many Perfect Game alumni will ultimately reach their dream of playing Major League Baseball down the road.

Perfect Game does not take any credit for the numerous outstanding players selected in the draft or the many more who go on to play college baseball. Perfect Game simply provides talented players a means to be identified and evaluated closely while competing with and against the best worldwide. Perfect Game identifies players, provides an opinion, and then lets Major League scouts and college coaches form their own.

MLB scouts and college coaches make the most important decisions, and luckily, they follow what we do very closely - not only in person, but online as well.

Draft fast facts

Perfect Game has more talented players in attendance than any other organization. The proof is in the results.
  • 37 of the 42 first and supplemental first-round picks of the 2015 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game event.
  • 64 of the 75 players selected on the first day (top two rounds) of the 2015 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game event, including No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson.
  • 35 of the 75 players selected on the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game National Showcase (24 of which did so in 2014).
  • 23 Perfect Game All-Americans were selected on the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft, 19 of which played in the 2014 Classic.
  • Since the game’s inception in 2003, seven Perfect Game All-Americans have been selected with the first overall pick, including Brady Aiken (2014), Carlos Correa (2012), Gerrit Cole (2011), Bryce Harper (2010) and Justin Upton (2005).
  • Reports to all 30 Major League scouting departments
  • Exposure to over 1,500 colleges and scouts from all 30 Major League teams
  • Ranks players nationally, by state, and by position
  • Runs the most organized events nationwide
  • Works with Skillshow, which films all players during showcase workouts and all pitchers during games
  • Requires players to use wooden bats only
  • Has selected all players for every Perfect Game All-American Classic
  • A comprehensive scouting evaluation by Perfect Game, which will be posted on player's profile page at www.PerfectGame.org
  • An opportunity to compete with and against the nation’s top high school and amateur prospects
  • A player profile on www.PerfectGame.org
  • A jersey and a New Era 59FIFTY fitted cap
  • Video clips posted on player profile

The 9th annual Midwest Underclass Showcase will be held at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels, on August 18th-19th. This event, held in conjunction with the Midwest Top Prospect Showcase, draws players from all over the Midwest and is a perfect way to end a player’s summer baseball season and see where he stands heading into fall workouts.

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Event History Since 2004

Event Records  

Category Time/Velo Name St Event year Draft Commitment
60 6.56  sec Nolan (Nonie) Williams KS 2014  3 Louisiana State
FB 88  mph Danny Heim MO 2009  
FB 88  mph Carter Stoehr MN 2013   St. Thomas
FB 88  mph Johnny Buckner IL 2015  
POP 1.88  sec Mason Speirs CO 2015  
C 82  mph Noah Croft KS 2012   Wichita State
1B 88  mph Brent Stong MN 2010   Bradley
IF 90  mph Nolan (Nonie) Williams KS 2014  3 Louisiana State
OF 92  mph Josh Baumgart SD 2012   Creighton
ZBS 104.365  mph Andrew Wiegman IL 2015   Louisville
ZHS 40.527  mph Andrew Wiegman IL 2015   Louisville
ZTT 0.374  sec Andrew Wiegman IL 2015   Louisville

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Brian M. Cashman   Sr. Vice President and General Manager New York Yankees
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