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CALIFORNIA UNDERCLASS SHOWCASE
Published: Friday, December 21, 2007
The 4th annual Perfect Game California Underclass Showcase will be held at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino January 19-21. The showcase has quickly become one of the top showcase events in the country in terms of the talent that attends each year.
Approximately 130 players have attended the past two events and according to Showcase Director Mike Spiers, that number should be easily surpassed for this event.
The single player that the Perfect Game scouts are looking forward to seeing the most is Thomas Lemke, a 6-8, 205 lb right handed pitcher from Northwest Christian HS in Phoenix, Arizona.
Says PG Director Jerry Ford, “We saw Lemke in San Diego last August, he has a special type of arm and should be one of the top high school pitchers in the 2009 class. We’re very excited to be able to see him again. He’s definitely one of the most interesting 2009 pitching prospects we saw last year”
A full list of showcase participants will be available on the Perfect Game website (www.perfectgame.org) in the week before the event.
If you would like an invitation to the 2008 California Underclass Showcase go to http://www.perfectgame.org/requestinvite/?id=198 and fill out the form and email it back to the Perfect Game office for review.
Last year’s roster of talented prospects included a total of seven players who eventually were named Aflac All-Americans. Those included:
SS Chris Amezquita
OF Isaac Galloway
RHP-OF Aaron Hicks
OF-1B Clark Murphy
3B Ricky Oropesa
RHP-SS Ryan O’Sullivan
C Kyle Skipworth
Other top prospects included SS Cutter Dykstra, LHP-OF Anthony Gose, RHP Jake Thompson, SS Matt Harrison, RHP Ray Hanson, SS Jason Hanson and RHP-1B Matt Sisto.
Maybe the most interesting player from the 2007 to look back on was C Kyle Skipworth, now acknowledged as top receiving prospect for the 2008 draft. Skipworth had relatively limited experience behind the plate at that point in his career and was just coming off a successful football season as a strong armed quarterback. Skipworth received a “9” on the PG grading scale, where “10” is the top grade.
The notes from the Perfect Game scouts make it obvious why Skipworth’s grade wasn’t consistent with some of the other top prospects. His catching skills were very raw in all areas and his pop times were generally in the 2.0 – 2.1 range. One note said “looks new to the position……may end up at 1B or the OF….can be coached.” His hitting notes were more positive, highlighting his power potential, concluding “strong follow, major hitter might be in there.”
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