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Rawlings and Perfect Game announce Underclassmen Preseason All-American Teams

Annual awards recognize the top Underclass athletes at the high school level

St. Louis, Mo. (March 24, 2017) – Rawlings and Perfect Game announced today its Preseason All-American Teams to recognize the top underclass high school baseball athletes in the U.S (Class of 2018, 2019, 2020).

The Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All American 1st, 2nd and 3rd team recognizes 300 players from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Each team consists of 100 players who are currently juniors, sophomores, or freshmen in high school. There is also a high honorable mention and an honorable mention list to identify other potential top underclassmen.

“With more than 450,000 high school baseball players in the nation, the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American players represent the very best in their class,” said Mike Thompson, executive vice president of marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. “Rawlings and Perfect Game are synonymous with the game of baseball, and the preseason awards allow us to recognize and reward these elite athletes for their hard work and contribution to the game.”

“To receive the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American or All-Region Award is a tremendous achievement for these high school student-athletes,” said Jerry Ford, president of Cedar Rapids, IA-based Perfect Game. “We are proud to recognize their talent as they prepare for their careers playing collegiate or professional baseball.”

About Rawlings:
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods worldwide. Founded in 1887, Rawlings is an authentic global sports brand, trusted by generations of athletes from the sandlot to the pros. Rawlings’ unparalleled quality and expert craftsmanship are the fundamental reasons why more athletes choose Rawlings, and why Rawlings is the Official Batting Helmet and Ball Supplier of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball of Minor League Baseball™ and the NCAA®, and the approved baseball, basketball, football, and softball of the National High School Federation®. For more information, please visit www.rawlings.com or call (314)819-2800.

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About Perfect Game:
Perfect Game is considered to be the elite amateur baseball scouting organization in existence, producing over 100 tournaments and showcases each year across the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to giving amateur players exposure to take their game to the next level, whether that be in college or in the professional ranks. At Perfect Game events, players are performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country. Because of this, these events prove to be invaluable to the college coaches as well as Major League Baseball as they can scout a large population of talented ballplayers in one location. To date, over 900 players that have played in a Perfect Game event have also played in Major League Baseball. Since 2003, over 10,000 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft. For more information, please visit www.perfectgame.org

1st Team Preseason Underclass All America

NamePosHometown
CJ Abrams SS Alpharetta, GA
Randy Abshier LHP Chula Vista, CA
Cory Acton 3B Fort Lauderdale, FL
Blaze Alexander SS Cape Coral, FL
Brady Allen OF Lakeland, FL
Kristofer Armstrong MIF Jupiter, FL
Myles Austin SS Atlanta , GA
Will Banfield C Lawrenceville, GA
Hunter Barco LHP Jacksonville, FL
Luke Bartnicki LHP Marietta, GA
Austin Becker RHP Sunbury, OH
Andrew Benefield SS Murfreesboro, TN
Ryan Bliss SS Lagrange, GA
Branden Boissiere OF Riverside, CA
Tim Borden SS Sellersburg, IN
Tony Bullard 3B Riverside, CA
Grant Burton OF San Juan Capistrano, CA
Elijah Cabell OF Winter Park, FL
Kendrick Calilao OF Kissimmee, FL
Triston Casas 3B Pembroke Pines, FL
Slade Cecconi RHP Oviedo, FL
Nander De Sedas SS Montverde, FL
Mason Denaburg C Merritt Island, FL
Brandon Dieter SS Covina, CA
Xavier Edwards SS Wellington, FL
Austin Elliott RHP Milton, DE
Mason Englert RHP Forney, TX
Jarrett Ford 2B Decatur, GA
Christian Franklin OF Overland Park, KS
Jonathan Gates LHP Brooksville, FL
Mateo Gil SS Keller, TX
Jacob Gilcrest LHP Greenwood, IN
JT Ginn RHP Brandon, MS
Colby Gomes RHP Omaha, NE
Manny Gonzalez OF Toa Baja, PR
Nolan Gorman SS Glendale, AZ
Joe Gray Jr OF Hattiesburg, MS
Ryder Green OF Knoxville, TN
Riley Greene OF Oviedo, FL
Jordan Groshans SS Magnolia, TX
Ethan Hankins RHP Cumming, GA
Trae Harmon 1B Somerset, KY
Jared Hart OF Marietta, GA
Preston Hartsell OF Newport Coast, CA
Cole 'Jeffrey' Henry RHP Florence, AL
Jack Herman OF Berlin, NJ
Rece Hinds SS Niceville, FL
Jake Holland C Miramar, FL
Brandon Howlett 3B Lakeland, FL
Jeremiah Jackson SS Mobile, AL
Spencer Jones OF Encinitas, CA
Dexter Jordan Jr OF Hattiesburg, MS
Jarred Kelenic OF Waukesha, WI
Levi Kelly RHP Cape Coral, FL
Adam Kloffenstein RHP Magnolia, TX
Andrew Lee OF Boynton Beach, FL
Matthew Liberatore LHP Peoria, AZ
Carter Lohman LHP Fishers, IN
John Malcom 1B West Bloomfield, MI
Justyn-Henry Malloy 3B Bergenfield, NJ
Brennan Malone RHP Matthews, NC
Cam McMillan SS Kansas City, MO
Parker Meadows OF Grayson, GA
Noah Naylor C Mississauga, ON
Brandon Neeck LHP Chappaqua, NY
Matheu Nelson C Largo, FL
Nick O'Day OF Coatesville, PA
Kameron Ojeda C La Mirada, CA
Mason Pelio RHP San Diego, CA
Roberto Pena 3B Pembroke Pines, FL
Marcelo Perez RHP Laredo, TX
Michael Perez SS Cerritos, CA
Jack Perkins RHP Kokomo, IN
Jacob Pfennigs RHP Post Falls, ID
Carter Raffield RHP Cochran, GA
Bryce Reagan 3B Amherst, NH
Grant Richardson OF Fort Wayne, IN
Lyon Richardson RHP Jensen Beach, FL
Kumar Rocker RHP Watkinsville, GA
Grayson Rodriguez 1B Nacogdoches, TX
Cole Roederer OF Canyon Country, CA
Bayden Root 3B Kokomo, IN
Emilio Rosas SS Yorba Linda, CA
Alec Sanchez 2B Jacksonville, FL
Spencer Schwellenbach SS Saginaw, MI
Christian Scott RHP Parkland, FL
Connor Scott OF Tampa, FL
Wesley Scott RHP Riverside, CA
Anthony Seigler C Cartersville, GA
Mike Siani OF Glenside, PA
Kendall Logan Simmons SS Macon, GA
Carter Stewart RHP Melbourne, FL
Makenzie Stills RHP Fayetteville, GA
Alek Thomas OF Chicago, IL
Isaiah Thomas OF Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Matthew Thompson RHP Cypress, TX
Brice Turang SS Corona, CA
Mike Vasil RHP Wellesley, MA
Andrew Walling 1B Castle Rock,Castle Rock, WA
Devin Warner SS Euharlee, GA
Hunter Watson 3B Pottsboro, TX
Ryan Weathers LHP Loretto, TN
Cabera Weaver OF Decatur, GA
Owen White RHP Mt. Ulla, NC
Cole Wilcox RHP Chickamauga, GA
Basiel Williams OF Hammond, LA
Christopher Willis C Ruston, LA
Cole Winn RHP Longmont, CO
Bobby Witt Jr SS Colleyville, TX
Simeon Woods-Richardson RHP Houston, TX
Justin Wrobleski LHP Canton, GA
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