Super25 : : General
Monday, June 03, 2013

Super25 to add to PG's rich history

Jeff Dahn        
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 3, 2013) -- Since its inception in 1995, Perfect Game has provided tens of thousands of young baseball prospects with the opportunity to advance their careers on to the collegiate and professional levels. The vision of Perfect Game founder and president Jerry Ford was to "give players the best opportunity for success, to help scouts and recruiters see and evaluate these players and to promote the game of baseball at all levels."

That vision has become reality through the years. Today, Perfect Game is the largest and most comprehensive scouting report service in the world, and works to the benefit of not only the young prospects that participate in the more than 80 Perfect Game tournaments and showcases each year, but the professional scouting and college recruiting communities as well.

Those benefits are about to be expanded. Today Perfect Game is announcing the creation of the Perfect Game Super25 national tournament series, multiple events that will involve thousands of young players in the 9-and-under (9u) through 17-and-under (17u) age groups playing in thousands of games from coast-to-coast and in the Caribbean.

The Perfect Game Super25 is certain to help more young prospects than ever before reach the "next level" either at a college of their choice or with a professional organization; the professional level is increasingly becoming the preferred option for many of PG's most highly regarded alumni.

In the 10 MLB First-Year Player Drafts since 2003, 5,962 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the draft. Four-hundred and eighty-eight (488) PG alumni have made their Major League Baseball debuts and 469 are currently on big-league rosters.

Most of those drafted participated in PG World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) and PG Baseball Championship Series (BCS) Finals national tournaments, contested each year in Marietta, Ga., and Fort Myers, Fla., respectively. Nearly all of the highest picks selected since the 2002 draft performed at the elite Perfect Game National Showcase.

The numbers from 2012 alone are especially telling:
  • 29 of the 31 first round picks of the 2012 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game event.
  • 55 of the 60 first and supplemental first round picks had previously attended a Perfect Game event.
  • All 34 players drafted in the first and supplemental first rounds out of high school had previously attended a Perfect Game event.
  • 88 percent of the players selected in the first five rounds had previously attended a Perfect Game event.
  • Carlos Correa became the sixth Perfect Game All-American to be selected No. 1 overall since the game’s inception in 2003.
  • 19 former PG All-Americans were drafted in the first and supplemental first rounds of the 2012 draft, 16 of whom played in the 2011 Classic.
  • 31 of the 60 players selected in the first and supplemental first rounds had attended the Perfect Game National Showcase, 22 of which did so in 2011.
"Those were great experiences," Los Angeles Angels outfielder and 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout told PG during spring training in March. "Just to get out of (New) Jersey and see the competition from all across the country and to compete against other players that were doing the same thing you were trying to do -- get to the professional level. It was just good to get that exposure.

The prestigious Perfect Game All-American Classic, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, has already produced 64 players that have made their Major League Baseball debuts. Sixteen prospects from the inaugural PG All-American Classic in 2003 have spent time in the big-leagues, including the Reds' Homer Bailey and the Rockies' Dexter Fowler.

Buster Posey, the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year and the 2012 NL Most Valuable Player for the World Champion San Francisco Giants, performed at both the 2004 PG National Showcase and the 2004 Perfect Game All-American Classic.

"(The PG events) gave me the opportunity to play against some really good competition," Posey said during spring training in March. "It allows you to step outside your comfort zone a little bit; I have really fond memories of those days, doing the Perfect Game events and the All-American Classic."

Only time will tell if careers on parallel with those enjoyed by big-league stars like Posey and Trout will be launched when the first PG Super25 qualifier tournaments are played this fall. But it is known that Perfect Game's track record is strong enough that such a notion cannot be dismissed.

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