PG Special Events

2016 14U PG Select Baseball Festival

Sep 04, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016

JetBlue Player Development Complex - Power Alley Fort Myers, FL 33913 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).

In the spirit of continuing to grow the game of baseball while providing the platform for its elite players to develop and showcase their skills, Perfect Game was excited to announce the 14u Perfect Game Select Baseball Festival. The game will consist of the very best 14u players in North America, and players, parents, scouts and fans all had the opportunity to cast their votes online to be a part of the selection process. The 40 spots, which will be split between two 20-man rosters in an East/West matchup, were made available based on performances by the players at Perfect Game events, and each player that did not turn 15 years old by May 1, 2016, was eligible for consideration.

The Select Baseball Festival will take place on Labor Day weekend, with the game being played on Sunday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. EST at JetBlue Ballpark, the Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox. The JetBlue Player Development Complex serves as the home for several Perfect Game events, including the annual Junior National and National Showcases in mid-June. The players will stay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

The Perfect Game Select Baseball Festival will be televised live on Fox Sports Networks and streamed simultaneously on MLB.com. A link to the MLB.com broadcast will be provided on the Perfect Game homepage 90 minutes prior to the game (5:30 p.m. ET).

Fox Sports has been revolutionizing sports television since its inception in 1994. Passionate fans have tuned to Fox Sports to watch the Super Bowl, World Series, FIFA World Cup, USGA Championship, UFC, Daytona 500, and this just scratches the surface. Fox Sports Networks have been bringing home teams to passionate fans with the same broadcast standards and commitment, doing so on a regional level for more that a generation (http://www.foxsports.com/regions).

The foundation of MLB Advanced Media is MLB.com and MLB.TV, and they have proven to be a leader, innovator and pioneer in this industry. MLBam has been also been streaming March Madness on behalf of the NCAA since it began a dozen years ago, and its roster has expanded to include WWE’s WrestleMania, WatchESPN, the National Hockey League, Time Warner’s HBO Now and The Blaze TV.

Perfect Game is humbled and honored to be able to have proceeds from this event benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. GCH is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, and it provides vital healthcare for the region’s sick and injured children and their families, from infancy through age 18. There is no player participation fee for all players selected and the weekend will include an awards dinner for the athletes and their families.

Perfect Game is proud to have assisted in the development of more than 800 MLB players and 40,000 college committed athletes since it was founded in 1995. All Perfect Game events are run in full compliance with Major League Baseball’s Pitch Smart initiative.

Stay tuned to perfectgame.org for more details on the Perfect Game Select Baseball Festival as the event draws closer. For further information or media requests on the Perfect Game Select Baseball Festival please contact Ben Ford, benford@perfectgame.org and Daron Sutton, daronsuttonbaseball@gmail.com.

 

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