2018 PG All-American Classic

Patrick Ebert
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018

Perfect Game All-American Classic Returns To Petco Park For Tenth Straight Year

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Jerry Ford, President of Perfect Game announced today that the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic will take place on Sunday, August 12 in San Diego, Calif. This is the 16th annual edition of the country’s premier high school baseball All-Star Game and the 10th year in a row the game will be played at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

Far more than just a game, the event provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for the players selected. While in San Diego the players will participate in a series of baseball related activities in addition to a visit to Rady Children's Hospital, a lunch with Honorary Chairman Trevor Hoffman on a beach alongside the Pacific Ocean as well as the event's annual awards dinner banquet held on Saturday night.

Blue Ridge Sports returns to serve as the logistical planning partner of the Classic. Nike will once again serve as the official apparel provider and Rawlings will provide the equipment.

The rosters are comprised of the 50 best high school seniors from across the nation. The players are identified and selected through a series of Perfect Game events. Players that attend regional showcases in the spring may be invited to participate in the National Showcase–a collection of the top 300 players–held in mid-June in Tampa, Fla. at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. From there most of the final selections for the Classic are made.

Since the event’s inception in 2003, 187 of the players that have participated have gone on to become first-round draft picks in the MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft. Nine of those players were selected with the first overall pick, including 2017 No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis (Twins). In addition, 149 players that have participated have played in the Major Leagues including some of the game’s brightest stars.

Some of the game’s past participants include:

Kris Bryant    2016 National League MVP and 2015 NL Rookie of the Year
Corey Seager    2016 National League Rookie of the Year
Rick Porcello    2016 American League Cy Young
Bryce Harper    2015 National League MVP and 2012 NL Rookie of the Year
Carlos Correa    2015 American League Rookie of the Year
Madison Bumgarner    2014 NLCS and World Series MVP
Andrew McCutchen    2013 National League MVP
Jose Fernandez    2013 National League Rookie of the Year
Buster Posey    2012 National League MVP and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year
Jeremy Hellickson    2011 American League Rookie of the Year

Other notable PG All-Americans include Major League All-Stars Gerrit Cole, Justin Upton, Sonny Gray, D.J. LeMahieu, Francisco Lindor, Freddie Freeman, Dellin Betances and Lance McCullers. Rawlings Gold Glove winners that have played in the Classic include Hellickson, LeMahieu, Lindor, McCutchen, Jason Heyward and Eric Hosmer.

The 2018 Perfect Game All American Classic will be televised nationally once again on MLB Network, Major League Baseball’s Emmy Award-winning 24/7 television network. Rosters for the 2018 Classic will be unveiled as part of the selection show streamed on MLB.com during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game Fan Fest in Washington D.C.

Proceeds of the Perfect Game All-American Classic go to support pediatric cancer research and treatment, specifically to the event’s beneficiary, Rady Children’s Hospital. In the weeks leading up to the game, every player in the Classic will have the opportunity to conduct an online fundraising contest to raise funds for the Hospital. Since the inception of the Classic, more than $1,000,000 has been raised with the bulk of it going to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital since the game moved to San Diego.

For more information about the event please visit www.PGAllAmerican.com.

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