Valdosta Daily Times

June 4, 2013

High school showcase coming to VSU Monday

Local players encouraged to sign up

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Georgia Dugout Club will hold its annual Georgia Underclassman Top 100 regional showcase event at Valdosta State’s Billy Grant Field Monday, June 10.

Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend the regional showcase, as the event is evaluated by members of the Georgia Underclassman Scout Committee, comprised of professional scouts and college coaches.

The cost is $100 for the regional showcase, one of 12 held throughout the state this June.

Top performers in this year’s showcase, as evaluated by the scout committee, will be invited to the Top 100 Final Events at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville June 26-27.

The final event will be comprised of the top 100 rising seniors and 60 juniors and sohomores, and will be attended by hundreds of college coaches and professional scouts.

The underclassman showcase is one of the most popular high school events throughout the country, with players participating in a pro-style workouts in front of the scouts and coaches.

Since the establishment of the Georgia Underclassman Top 100 Showcase in 2003, hundreds of players have gone on to play in college or at the professional level, including 2010 National League Rookie of the Year — and 2012 MVP — Buster Posey.

The Georgia Underclassman Scout Committee travels the state to regional showcase sites and evaluates players participating in the pro-style workouts.

VSU is one of 12 sites this season. The first showcase was held Monday, with players working out at Westside High School (Augusta) and Parkview High School.

The next showcase is today at Mill Creek Regional Park in Statesboro and at Hillgrove High School. Another will be held Wednesday at Piedmont College and Starrs Mill High School.

Along with VSU, Mill Creek High School in Hoschton will host a showcase Monday, with a showcase being held at Middle Georgia College and Cass High School next Tuesday. Georgia Perimeter College will host a showcase next Wednesday, with Columbus State University holding the final regional showcase June 17.

All players that attend a regional showcase are graded out by the Scout Committee and their date is posted on the player’s Individual Player Profile, which stores valuable information that includes academic transcripts, highlight videos and season-by-season statistics.

The IPP helps players get noticed at the college and professional level.

Among the players that have participated in annual showcase at VSU include: Brooks County’s Aaron Shipman (third round draft pick), Berrien’s Larry Greene (first round draft pick), Lowndes’ Jon Redding (fifth round draft pick) and several top college prospects.

The showcase at VSU will be held at Billy Grant Field, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

To register for a regional showcase event, rising 10th through 12th graders may contact the Georgia Dugout Club by visiting the website, www.georgiadugoutclub.com.