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3 Uncommitted Showcases set for June
Jim Ecker    
Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010

Talented high school baseball players get overlooked at times. It happens.

Maybe they were hurt and missed games at the wrong time. Maybe they attended a small school and didn’t get scouted. Maybe they didn’t play summer ball or attend a Perfect Game event during their prep careers. Maybe they changed schools and got lost in the shuffle. Or maybe they were a multi-sport athlete in high school and fell through the cracks.

There are lots of things that could have happened to prevent a talented player from getting an offer to join a college baseball program. And now you’re a senior in high school, aching to continue your career in college, and the clock is ticking.

Perfect Game USA has the answer with its popular lineup of Uncommitted Showcases for 2010.

These showcases are not just for the players, of course. They’re also for college coaches who are looking for players. Perfect Game gets phone calls and e-mails from coachers all the time, asking for information on players. Maybe the coach lost a player to the draft and is looking for a replacement. Maybe he had an unexpected transfer, an injury or academic problems. Whatever the case, the coach needs a player to fill a spot in his program. It could be you.

That’s why the coach and his assistants will come to one of the Uncommitted Showcases. He needs a player, and he knows there will be lots of good ones at these events.

Perfect Game USA will hold three showcases for Uncommitted 2010 graduates this June. Registration has begun and it’s as simple as clicking on the event you want and requesting an invitation. And if you enroll in an Uncommitted Showcase now and commit to a college before the event is held, you’ll get a refund. You’ve got nothing to lose.

The 2010 East Uncommitted Showcase will be held in Fort Myers, Fla., on June 5-6 at the Red Sox 5-Plex and Terry Park. The 2010 Northeast Uncommitted Showcase will be held in Long Island, N.Y., on June 5-6. And the 2010 West Uncommitted Showcase will be held in San Diego on June 12-13.

This is the seventh year for these events, which are spaced around the country to maximize the number of players and number of coaches who will attend.

There are lots of good stories about talented high school seniors who came to one of these Uncommitted Showcases without an offer in hand. Jose Cueto, an outfielder from Miami, came to an Uncommitted Showcase in Florida in 2004 and signed with Virginia Tech, where he hit 19 homers and drove in 110 runs during his career from 2005 to 2008. Cueto is a good lesson in perseverance and good luck, both for himself and his school.

Michael Kershner, a pitcher from Oakland, Calif., came to the West Uncommitted Showcase last year looking for a place to play. Now he’s a member of the Michigan Wolverines.

There’s a long list of colleges that have found good players at an Uncommitted Showcase. Texas, Miami (Fla.), Florida International, San Diego, San Diego State, Hawaii, San Francisco, Utah, BYU, Purdue, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, East Tennessee State, Santa Clara, Central Florida, Tampa, Fordham, Long Island, Harvard, Western Carolina, New York Tech, Fairleigh Dickinson and James Madison have all grabbed players from an Uncommitted Showcase. So have numerous junior colleges. And there also have been several cases of a player coming to an Uncommitted Showcase and getting drafted a few days later.

Who’s next?