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PG Select Baseball Festival | General | 9/1/2021

14u PG Select Festival Primer

Jheremy Brown     
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When: Sunday, Sept. 5, 7 pm EST
Where: JetBlue Park - Fort Myers, Florida
How to Watch: Live on PerfectGame.TV | CBS Sports on Monday, Sept. 6, 2:30 pm EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Every Labor Day weekend for each of the past six years (aside from 2020) the top 40-plus 14u eligible players have transcended upon Fort Myers, Fla. and JetBlue Park as part of the 14u Perfect Game Select Baseball Festival. Over the years the event has taken on its own identity as the premier 14u event in the nation and has grown to be known simply as “the Festival” or “the Select Fest” by players, coaches and parents alike. The 14u National Showcase has also become instrumental in the selection process as that event has proven to be the top 14u showcase in the country since its inception, seeing several Select Festival alum and eventual draft picks come through the three-day event. 



Throughout its six years, the 14u Select Festival rosters have produced 17 MLB draft picks and 8 international signings with a 9th coming this upcoming January signing period in Bahamian shortstop Ryan Reckley (2019 14u Select Festival alum), who recently checked in at No. 9 on MLB’s Top 50 International Prospects. Of those 17 draft picks, 6 alums have gone in the first round as you can see below, followed by the list of international signings, while several more will hear their names called both from the prep and collegiate ranks. Names like LSU’s Dylan Crews, Arkansas’s Robert Moore and Vanderbilt’s Christian Little all garnered serious limelight over the course of last spring and are prominent names in their respective draft classes, while 18 alumni suited up at Petco Park for this year’s Perfect Game All-American Classic, which has quickly become a precursor to night one of the MLB Draft.

The Select Festival continually grows upon itself year-after-year and the 2021 rendition might be the best yet with the 24-man rosters featuring some of the best talent coast-to-coast, serving as a preview of what Power 5 recruiting classes will look like. That said, 17 players of the 48 are already committed while the 31 others players will likely have their choice of where they want to commit, especially when looking at some of the talent on both rosters. Between the two sides, 7 arms have already touched 90 mph or better with several more knocking on that door. Left-handed hitting middle infielders look to be in abundance this year and the athleticism is oozing with several top-of-the-order type spark plugs who are proven difference makers on the bases in attendance as well. In total, 20 different states are represented, including Washington and Colorado for the first time in the 14u game’s history, along with Puerto Rico, once again proving how much talent lies within the country.

14u Select Festival Alum Drafted

2020 MLB Draft:
Robert Hassell III, 2016 Select Festival (Padres; 1st round/8th overall)
Mick Abel, 2016 (Phillies; 1st round/15th overall)
Nick Bitsko, 2017 (Rays; 1st round/24th overall)
Jackson Miller, 2016 (Reds; Comp B/65th overall)
Blaze Jordan, 2017 (Red Sox; 3rd round/89th overall)
Liam Norris, 2016 (Diamondbacks; 3rd round/90th overall)

2021 MLB Draft:
Jordan Lawlar, 2017 (Diamondbacks, 1st round/6th overall)
Brady House, 2017/2018 (Nationals, 1st round/11th overall)
Joe Mack, 2017 (Marlins, Comp A/31st overall)
Izaac Pacheco, 2017 (Tigers, 2nd round/39th overall)
Daylen Lile, 2017 (Nationals, 2nd round/47th overall)
Tyler Whitaker, 2017 (Astros, 3rd round/87th overall)
Ian Moller, 2017 (Rangers, 4th round/103rd overall)
Irving Carter, 2017 (Blue Jays, 5th round/152nd overall)
Carlos Rodriguez, 2017 (Brewers, 6th round/177th overall)
Roc Riggio, 2017 (Brewers, 11th round/327th overall)
Daniel Corona, 2018 (Pirates, 16th round/463rd overall)

International Signings:
Estanli Castillo Abad, 2016, Rays
Starlyn Castillo, 2016, Phillies
Erick Pena, 2017, Royals
Armando Cruz, 2018, Nationals
Andre Arthur, 2018, Marlins
Manuel Beltre, 2018/2019, Blue Jays
Rayner Rafael Castillo, 2019, Tigers

Let’s look at some of the award winners from the first six years as another crop will hear their names called this upcoming Saturday night during the banquet ceremony:

14u Select Festival MVP
2016: Calvin Harris (Iowa)
2017: Joel Perez Jr. (Florida)
2018: Riley Stanford (Georgia)
2019: Nolan Schubart (Michigan)
2020: Antonio Anderson (Georgia)

14u National Player of the Year
2017: Blaze Jordan (Mississippi)
2018: Sal Stewart (Florida)
2019: Termarr Johnson (Georgia)
2020: Derek Curiel (California)

DiamondKast Offensive Player of the Year Award
2018: Andruw Jones (Georgia)
2019: Drew Burress (Georgia)
2020: Brennon Seigler (Tennessee)

Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year Award
2018: Termarr Johnson (Georgia)
2019: Steven Milam (New Mexico)
2020: Cade Arrambide (Texas)

G-Form Unstoppable Player of the Year
2018: Ryan Clifford (North Carolina)
2019: Cam Collier (Georgia)
2020: Theodore Gillen (Texas)

PG Pitcher of the Year
2018: Dylan Lesko (Georgia)
2019: Jake Lankie (Georgia)
2020: Jansen Kenty (Georgia)

PG Tech 5-Tool Award
2019: Nazier Mule (New Jersey)
2020: Zion Rose (Illinois)

PG 2-Way Player Award:
2019: Aidan Miller (Florida)
2020: Ryan Gold (Georgia)

PG Development Award 
2020: Manuelle Marin (Florida)

Augusta Impact Award
2020: Antonio Anderson (Georgia)

Perfect Game Cares

Proceeds of the 14u Perfect Game Select Festival go to support pediatric cancer research and treatment at Golisano Children's Hospital and the Perfect Game Cares Foundation's Grow the Game Fund for America's underserved youth.

In the weeks leading up to the game, every player in the 14u Perfect Game Select Festival has had the opportunity to conduct an online fundraising contest to raise funds for pediatric cancer patients. With a couple days still remaining, this group of players shown no signs of slowing down and have already surpasses last year's total by nearly $40,000. 

To make a donation, visit the Perfect Game Cares website.

Follow Along on Social

Make sure to follow @PGSelectFest on both Twitter and Instagram!

2021 14u Select Festival Rosters

East West
Player
Pos Travel Team Hometown Player Pos Travel Team Hometown
Nolan Traeger C Texas Twelve Spring, TX Masa Chilcutt C Canes American San Antonio, TX
Xavier Rivera C TBT National Cayey, PR Xavier Neyens C Trosky National 2025 Mount Vernon, WA
Omar Serna C Hardball Pearland, TX Camden Clewett C USA Prime National Yorba Linda, CA
Donavan Jeffrey 1B Richmond Braves Chester, VA Cam Caminiti 1B Canes National Scottsdale, AZ
Carter Smith IF Canes National Fort Myers, FL Jack Ruckert IF Knights Knation National Baton Rouge, LA
Ethan Murray IF East Cobb Baseball Buford, GA Sean Gamble IF USA Prime National Des Moines, IA
Jacob Kendall IF 5 Star National Neyra St. Augustine, FL Erik Parker IF Ohio Warhawks Suwannee, GA
Coy James IF Canes National Advance, NC Kayson Cunningham IF USA Prime National San Antonio, TX
Noah Sheffield IF Florida Heat Tampa, FL Mason Pike IF New Level Xtreme Puyallup, WA
Eddie Zaun IF Florida Burn Lakewood Ranch, FL Quentin Young IF So Cal Giants Camarillo, CA
Nicolas Partridge 3B Ballers Baseball Lakeland, FL Ethan Holliday 3B Scorpions 2025 Marucci Stillwater, OK
Aiden Harris 3B Richmond Braves Midlothian, VA Vaughn Neckar 3B San Diego Show Murrieta, CA
Micah Matthews OF Team Elite 14u Bridgewater, VA Konnor Griffin OF Knights Knation National Florence, MS
Everett Johnson OF Canes National Youngsville, NC Dean Moss OF Canes National Atherton, CA
Michael Torres OF Elite Squad 15u Miami, FL Slade Caldwell OF BPA Jonesboro, AR
Cannon Goldin OF Team Elite 14u Buford, GA Eli Pitts OF East Coast Sox Suwanee, GA
Austin Killingsworth OF Home Plate Chili Dogs Brooks, GA Luke Pappano OF 5 Star National Neyra Cincinnati, OH
Domaine Vann OF 5 Star National Neyra Greensboro, NC Boston Kellner OF Slammers Black Colorado Springs, CO
Samuel Cozart RHP South Charlotte Panthers High Point, NC Noah Franco LHP Canes National Downey, CA
Jax Bishop RHP East Cobb Astros 14u Rome, GA Trey Morris LHP Trosky National 2025 Fresno, CA
Chase Mobley RHP Canes National 15u Plant City, FL Blake Ilitch RHP Canes National Detroit, MI
David Shields LHP Canes National Pittsburgh, PA Noah Malone RHP USA Prime National Glendora, CA
John Lash LHP South Charlotte Panthers Charlotte, NC Zach Strickland RHP PFA Matadors Arcadia, CA
Braden Booth RHP VBA 15u Black Madison, AL Cooper Rummel RHP Austin Horns-DeSantiago Austin, TX
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