PG's presence at the CWS

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Published: Monday, June 27, 2011

Every time any notable baseball event occurs outside of the realm of Perfect Game, it is rewarding to look at the players that take the field and see if they have crossed paths with ours.

Whether it be the College World Series, the upcoming Futures Game or any player from any game at both the minor league and major league levels, the number of players that has previously attended a Perfect Game event continues to grow exponentially.  This year's MLB draft saw a record 1,323 players selected who had attended PG events.

This year the number of former Perfect Game players that graced the rosters of the teams in the College World Series was particularly impressive. Here are the number of players from each of the final four teams:

Florida: 33 of 34
South Carolina: 30 of 33
Vanderbilt: 34 of 35
Virginia: 30 of 34

That's 127 out of 136 players that have previously attended a Perfect Game event, or over 93-percent of the player pool. That percentage raises a point when you just look at the rosters of the Florida and South Carolina programs, who advanced to face each other in the finals.

In addition, 87-percent of the players from all eight teams that made it to Omaha, which includes California, North Carolina, Texas and Texas A&M, were Perfect Game alumni.

More than 70 of those players attended the Perfect Game National Showcase, and s
even of the players (Jack Armstrong, Sonny Gray, Conrad Gregor, Austin Maddox, Scott Silverstein, Karsten Whitson and Mike Zunino) had participated in the Aflac All-American Classic, now known as the Perfect Game All-American Classic presented by Rawlings.

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