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Friday, January 11, 2019

14u shows center stage in '19

Jeff Dahn        
Photo: 14u Select Festival (Perfect Game)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Players who are age-eligible to participate in 14-and-under Perfect Game events in 2019 are being offered an ocean of opportunity on this year’s PG showcase schedule.

PG is pleased to announce that 16 14u regional showcases will be staged in 10 states on weekend dates ranging from late January through early June. This year’s 14u showcases are designed for players who are a 2023 high school graduate or younger or were born on or after May 1, 2004. All 2022 graduates who currently play with their high school team should verify their eligibility before registering.

The addition of these 14u regional showcases to the PG 2019 showcase schedule is an indication of Perfect Game’s commitment to grow the game within the early teen demographic.

The college recruitment process has increasingly shifted its focus toward high school freshmen in recent years, and these showcases provide an excellent opportunity for a young player to establish a visible presence with an enhanced resume on the individual’s PG Player Profile Page.

“For a lot of these players, the 14u regional showcases are their first exposure in a showcase setting and it helps set a baseline for the next couple years of their career in terms of monitoring their progression,” PG National Crosschecker Jheremy Brown wrote in an inner-office email.

“Like other sports, recruiting in baseball has started younger and younger, and several of the players who attended our 14u showcases last spring have already made their commitments to high-level schools.”

The top prospects emerging from the regional shows will be considered for invitations to the PG 14u National Showcase, scheduled for Aug. 2-4 at the jetBlue Park Player Development Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

The top 44 of the more than 260 players expected at this year’s 14u National will receive invitations to the nationally televised and live-streamed 2019 PG 14u Select Baseball Festival, a four-day celebration that this year will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Southwest Florida; the game itself will be played Sunday, Sept. 1 at jetBlue Park.

“Since these players are at the early stages of their careers, it’s likely these showcase views are (PG’s) first of them on the diamond,” Brown stated. “The showcases help us set up our lists, not only for the initial iteration of the class rankings, but also for the 14u National Showcase and, ultimately, the PG Select Festival.”

2019 Perfect Game 14u Showcase Schedule

(Listed by event date)

WHAT: PG 14u East

WHEN: Jan. 26-27

WHERE: Osceola County Minor League Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.

 

WHAT: PG 14u South

WHEN: Feb. 23-24

WHERE: Premier Baseball of Texas, Tomball

 

WHAT: PG 14u West

WHEN: April 6-7

WHERE: MLB Compton Youth Academy, Compton, Calif.

 

WHAT: 14u PG Southeast

WHEN: TBA

WHERE: TBA

 

WHAT: PG 14u Ohio Valley

WHEN: April 13-14

WHERE: Prasco Park, Mason, Ohio

 

WHAT: PG 14u Florida

WHEN: April 27-28

WHERE: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Heartland

WHEN: April 27-28

WHERE: PG Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine Gulf Coast

WHEN: May 11-12

WHERE: Hoover Met Sports Complex, Hoover, Ala.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Midwest

WHEN: May 11-12

WHERE: Kansas City MLB Youth Academy, Kansas City, Mo.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine East

WHEN: May 18-19

WHERE: Lee County Player Development 5-Plex, Fort Myers, Fla.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine Southeast

WHEN: May 18-19

WHERE: East Cobb Complex, Marietta, Ga.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Rocky Mountain

WHEN: May 25-26

WHERE: Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colo.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine South

WHEN: June 1-2

WHERE: Premier Baseball of Texas, Tomball

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine Northeast

WHEN: June 1-2

WHERE: Wantagh Park, Wantagh, N.Y.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine West

WHEN: June 1-2

WHERE: Orange County Great Park, Irvine, Calif.

 

WHAT: PG 14u Sunshine Midwest

WHEN: June 8-9

WHERE: Prospect Meadows Sports Complex, Marion, Iowa

 

WHAT: PG 14u National Showcase

WHEN: Aug. 2-4

WHERE: jetBlue Park Player Development Complex, Fort Myers, Fla.

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