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All American Game  | Story  | 5/26/2022

The Classic: By the numbers

Jeff Dahn     
Photo: Freddie Freeman (Perfect Game)

PG All-American Classic History Index

PHOENIX – The 20th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic will be played Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., with full coverage on PerfectGame.TV.

This year’s Classic will showcases the extraordinary talents of upwards of 60 amateur baseball’s most highly-regarded prospects from the national high school graduating class of 2023.

The first Perfect Game All-American Classic was played in August 2003 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.; Maryland right-hander Nick Adenhart made the start for the East Team while Texas righty Homer Bailey took the ball for the West Team.

More than 900 players have followed in their footsteps over the past 19 years, and as the list that follows this introduction so vividly illustrates, many of the Classic’s distinguished alumni have reached the highest rungs on the Major League Baseball ladder.

There are, however, numbers that supersede those representing all the on-field successes. This is the first time that Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will host the All-American Classic.

This year, the PG Cares Grow The Game Fund is collaborating with Make-A-Wish in fund-raising efforts to benefit research in to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Over the history of the event, the PG All-American Classic has raised over $1 million to benefit such research.

That is, indeed, the most impressive number associated with the Perfect Game All-American Classic. On the baseball side of the ledger, what follows is another look at the Classic, by the numbers …

• 944 total participants
• 243 MLB players
• 242 first-round draft picks
• Over 750 total draft picks
• 42 U.S. states represented (plus Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic)

No. 1 overall picks in the MLB Draft: 9

Matt Bush, 2004 (Padres)
Justin Upton, 2005 (Diamondbacks)
Tim Beckham, 2008 (Rays)
Bryce Harper, 2010 (Nationals)
Gerrit Cole, 2011 (Pirates)
Carlos Correa, 2012 (Astros)
Brady Aiken, 2014 (Astros)
Mickey Moniak, 2016 (Phillies)
Royce Lewis, 2017 (Twins)

Major League Baseball Most Valuable Players: 5

Buster Posey, National League, 2012
Andrew McCutchen, National League, 2013
Bryce Harper, National League, 2015, 2021
Kris Bryant, National League, 2016
Freddie Freeman, National League, 2020

Major League Baseball Cy Young Awards: 1

Rick Porcello, American League, 2016

Major League Baseball Rookies of the Year: 8

Buster Posey, National League, 2010
Jeremy Hellickson, American League, 2011
Bryce Harper, National League, 2012
Jose Fernandez, National League, 2013
Kris Bryant, National League, 2015
Carlos Correa, American League, 2015
Corey Seager, National League, 2016
Jonathan India, National League, 2021