PG Challenge

2017 Chicago PG Series Challenge

Jun 27, 2017 - Jun 27, 2017

Slammers Training Facilty - 28427 N. Ballard Dr Lake Forest, IL 60045 Map

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Perfect Game is an organization that defined an industry and remains baseball’s most respected scouting report service.

Perfect Game provides showcases, tournaments, online video, national rankings, player profiles, scouting reports and college and professional opportunities to the nation’s top prospects and their families.

Where talent goes, professional scouts and top college recruiters are sure to follow, and Perfect Game can offer the best in baseball increased exposure, insight and professionalism to propel them through their baseball careers.
Roy Clark: "Jerry (Ford) and his staff do an outstanding job. We feel that they put on, and it’s not even close, the best showcases and tournaments of anybody. They’re so well organized. Jerry has tremendous knowledge of scouting. They have a lot of former professional and college baseball people in their organization.

"Since they put on the best showcases and tournaments, naturally they’re going to get the best players. We are pretty much a high-school oriented organization, so where the best players go, we will be there. We have sometimes up to 10 or 11 scouts covering Perfect Game events. It gives athletes the chance to compete at the highest level of their age group, in a team or showcase format, in some of the best facilities in front of both colleges and scouts.

"They’re (Perfect Game) the best, and the top colleges and the highest level scouts know it."
Perfect Game set a new record for the tenth consecutive year following the 2011 MLB draft. Of the 1,530 players selected, 1,323 had attended a Perfect Game event, and 294 of the first 331 picks were Perfect Game alumni. Many of these alumni had participated in multiple Perfect Game tournaments, showcases and/or leagues.

In the past ten years, 9,073 Perfect Game participants have been chosen in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. However, these figures do not account for the many Latin American free agents who participate in Perfect Game showcases and tournaments and then sign with Major League clubs. One can only imagine how many Perfect Game alumni will ultimately reach their dream of playing Major League Baseball down the road.

Perfect Game does not take any credit for the numerous outstanding players selected in the draft or the many more who go on to play college baseball. Perfect Game simply provides talented players a means to be identified and evaluated closely while competing with and against the best worldwide. Perfect Game identifies players, provides an opinion, and then lets Major League scouts and college coaches form their own.

MLB scouts and college coaches make the most important decisions, and luckily, they follow what we do very closely - not only in person, but online as well.

Draft fast facts

Perfect Game has more talented players in attendance than any other organization. The proof is in the results.
  • 37 of the 42 first and supplemental first-round picks of the 2015 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game event.
  • 64 of the 75 players selected on the first day (top two rounds) of the 2015 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game event, including No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson.
  • 35 of the 75 players selected on the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft had previously attended a Perfect Game National Showcase (24 of which did so in 2014).
  • 23 Perfect Game All-Americans were selected on the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft, 19 of which played in the 2014 Classic.
  • Since the game’s inception in 2003, seven Perfect Game All-Americans have been selected with the first overall pick, including Brady Aiken (2014), Carlos Correa (2012), Gerrit Cole (2011), Bryce Harper (2010) and Justin Upton (2005).

The Challenge is a 1 day testing event.  Each player should expect to be at the field for 2-3 hours.

The PG Series Challenge has been developed to test player's athleticism using PGAME (Perfect Game Athlete Metric Evaluation). PGAME is our proprietary scoring metric used in determining overall athletic ability. Improvi ng is making gains in all athletic skills that comprise PGAME with the following: Testing those skills, identify and understand strength and weaknesses, setting goals, training and hard work.

Perfect Game's mission and goals have always been to help improve the game of baseball at all levels. Physical and mental skills are tested in every play in a game. Every motivated athlete continually strives for improvement and is never satisfied with their current skill. There are over 45 million athletes playing youth sports and the majority of players and their parents want to know how their skills compare to their peers. The Perfect Game Series is a "series" of events that will set out to test players in all ages with its ultimate goal of improving every athlete at every skill level.

30 Yard Dash
5-10-5 Pro Agility Shuttle
Reaction Test
Grip Strength
Broad Jump
Exit Velo
Throwing Velocities

Witty Laser System

- 4 Corner Complex Reaction Drill
- Side to Side Whole Body Reaction

- PG 3 Jump test for Power
- PG Single Leg Jumps for Power
- PG Visual Reaction
- PG Fast Feet test for Speed

The OptoJump software is a groundbreaking laser system that is able to record and analyze thousands of data points on how athletes move and react.  Used by the Tampa Bay Rays, the PG Series is incorporating the OptoJump system as a main component of the PG Challenge.  Using this software, we are able to identify important aspects of each athlete's speed, agility, power. and reaction. All of the measurements collected will go into making an athletic testing score, which can be compared to other participants and used to help improve a person's athletic weaknesses. To find out more about how OptoJump works, please visit their website here.


Event History Since 2016

“Perfect Game is a leading resource for anyone interested in amateur baseball, running top-notch events throughout the year which are followed closely by our scouts. Organized and efficient, Perfect Game is on top of their game. Perfect Game player information and rankings are a valuable resource for us.”

Brian M. Cashman   Sr. Vice President and General Manager New York Yankees

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