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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hitting the Road

Patrick Ebert        
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As the college and high school seasons have begun and with MLB clubs in full swing at their respective spring training complexes, Perfect Game is preparing to hit the road to provide our readers with first-hand content from a variety of events.

Perfect Game feature writer Jeff Dahn heads to Florida this week to cover the Grapefruit League and a pair of impact college matchups prior to heading to Arizona. There Dahn will also cover the Cactus League, another prime-time college game and a contest between the Dominican Prospect League and the British Columbia, Canada-based Langley Blaze.

David Rawnsley will also be in Florida during this time to provide coverage and an event blog from the Dominican Prospect League's Scout Day in Dunedin on Monday, March 12 as well as a split-squad game featuring the Dominican's top prospects the next day at the Red Sox spring training facility in Fort Myers.

The two people responsible for our high school coverage, Perfect Game Scouting Coordinators Todd Gold and Ben Collman, will be in Arizona to cover two large high school tournaments providing updates and top prospect lists as well as championship game coverage.

From there, Gold will travel to Southern California to cover two more large high school tournaments filled with impact-level talent, the San Diego Lions Tournament and the National Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

Collman will travel from Arizona to North Carolina at the end of March to cover the National High School Invitational (NHSI) hosted by Team USA at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary, N.C.

I will be in Minneapolis this weekend to cover the Metrodome Tournament between the host Golden Gophers, Kansas and Stony Brook.

This content complements the first-hand reports Kendall Rogers has already provided this year while covering the college game in greater detail than any other news outlet. With several more trips on his own docket leading up to his annual presence in Omaha for the College World Series, Rogers has already covered the Big Ten/Big East Challenge and Florida/Cal State Fullerton matchup to open the college baseball season, and most recently the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.  This weekend Rogers will be attending the Cal State Fullerton/Texas A&M series in College Station, Texas.

Here is a schedule of all of the events Perfect Game will be providing first-hand coverage from:

Grapefruit League coverage
March 8–17
Features TBD

Metrodome Tournament
Minnesota, Kansas, Stony Brook
March 9-11
Minneapolis, Minn.

Cal State Fullerton @ Texas A&M
March 9-11
College Station, Texas

Dominican Prospect League Scout Day
Monday, March 12
Toronto Blue Jays spring training complex
Dunedin, Fla.

Cleats Sports Classic Invitational
March 12-17
Games played at numerous schools in the Phoenix, Ariz. Area

Dominican Prospect intrasquad game
Monday, March 13
Boston Red Sox spring training complex
Fort Myers, Fla.

Florida State @ Florida
Tuesday, March 13
Gainesville, Fla.

Vanderbilt @ Florida
Friday, March 16
Gainesville, Fla.

Cactus League coverage
March 19-26
Features TBD

Dominican Prospect League vs. Langley Blaze
Monday, March 19
Milwaukee Brewers spring training complex
Maryvale, Ariz.

Coach Bob National Invitational
March 19-31
Games played at numerous schools in the Phoenix, Ariz. Area

California @ Arizona State
Friday, March 23
Tempe, Ariz.

National High School Invitational
March 28-31
USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

San Diego Lions Tournament
April 2-5
Games played at numerous schools in the San Diego, Calif. Area

Hard 9 National Classic
April 9-12
Games played at numerous schools in the Anaheim, Calif. Area

Stay tuned to Perfect Game as all of these features are released, and be sure to follow Collman,Dahn,Gold,Rawnsleyand Rogersas well as Perfect Game, the Perfect Game High Schoolfeed and myselfon Twitter for the most recent updates.

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