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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

2008 Northwest Showcase

Perfect Game Staff        
The Perfect Game Northwest Showcase kicks off tomorrow morning with player check-in at 9:00 AM pdt and the skills workout at 10:00 AM pst at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington.

This is the first time Perfect Game has run a showcase in Washington and is excited about scouting more players from the talent-rich Northwest. The event expects to have numerous prospects highlited by hard throwing RHP Michael Monster, Kelowna Christian School, British Columbia.

The Perfect Game and BaseballWebTV staffs did manage to take in the A's and Mariners game Thursday night at Safeco Field. The staffs visited with PG favorite, Jeff Clement. Clement grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, and led his little league team to the Little League World Series coached by his father Brad. The Clements have been longtime supporters of Perfect Game. Brad coached in the PG spring and fall leagues while sons Mike and Jeff played in the leagues and attended PG showcases and tournaments. Mike is now an assistant coach at the University of Texas San Antonio while Brad does a lot high school sports broadcasting in Iowa.

After setting the National High School home run record at Marshalltown High School, Jeff Clement was drafted by the Twins but decided to attend the University of Southern California where he was All-American and drafted in the first round, 3rd pick overall, of the 2005 draft by the Mariners. He was hitting .353 in the month of August heading into last nights game and has been getting a lot of playing time at catcher and designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners.

Unfortunately, Cedar Rapids native Ryan Sweeney is not in Seattle but is in Phoenix on the disabled list rehabilitating a finger injury.

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