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Baseball Factory Players Selected to Represent 18U USA National Team


9/29/2011
Austin Gambino
Baseball Factory

Following some intense training evaluation and 5-day trials, USA Baseball has finally announced the 20 player roster for the 2011 18U National Team.  From Catagena, Colombia November 17-27, the 18U team will compete in the 2011 COPABE ‘AAA’/18U Junior Pan American Championships.  The team will be coached by former MLB player Scott Brosius.  We are thrilled to see nine of the players traveling to Colombia in November have come through the Baseball Factory program.  We would like to congratulate the following players on this outstanding achievement:Alex Bregman (SS), Chase DeJong (RHP), Cole Irvin (LHP), Carson Kelly (3B), Jeremy Martinez (C),Nelson Rodriguez (C), Addison Russell (IF), Mikey White (SS/2B), and Jesse Winker (OF).

Alex Bregman hails from Albuquerque, NM and was the first ever youth player to win USA Baseball’s Player of the Year honors.  He led the 16U National Team to a Gold Medal in the Pan Am Championships and was an Under Armour Baseball Factory Pre-Season All-American in 2010 and 2011.  Chase DeJong is a two-way player who has developed as a pitcher and an outfielder.  The Long Beach, CA native was selected to the Team One West Showcase this past July.  Cole Irvin, a pitcher from Yorba Linda, CA participated in this year’s Under Amour All-American Game, powered by Baseball Factory and has committed to Oregon.  Carson Kelly, from Portland, OR, is a two-way player who can buckle hitters with his breaking ball and hold his own in the field as well.  He was a member of the 16U Gold Medal team, was an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American in both 2010 and 2011 and played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game, powered by Baseball Factory.  Jeremy Martinez, a catcher from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA, was also a member of the 2011 Under Amour All-American Team.  He is a talented young catcher and has committed to USC.

Nelson Rodriguez is a catcher from the Big Apple with a big arm.  He went to George Washington high school and has some power at the plate.  Addison Russell, from Pace, FL, was a 2010 Under Armour All-American and has a lot of potential.  This infielder is projected to be one of the best players in 2012 and has made a commitment to Auburn.  The University of Alabama has a commitment from Mikey White, a hometown shortstop from Hoover, AL.  The 2011 Under Armour All-American has some great skills in the field and is a solid hitter as well.  Jesse Winker is an outfielder from Windermere, FL.  He demonstrated a strong, accurate arm in his performance in the 2010 Team One Futures Game and will excel at the University of Florida.

Baseball Factory is proud to have worked with these talented young players and we wish them continued success along with an American victory in the Pan American Championships.   Keep building your way to greatness!  For any young players who may be in a position to try out for this team in upcoming years, these nine players are a prime example of the rewards of hard work and dedication.  Once again, congratulations to the 18U National Team players and good luck in Colombia!

2011 Under Armour All-America Game Announcement

Danielle Cavalli/Jason Budden
Under Armour/Baseball Factory

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA GAME TAKES THE DIAMOND AT HISTORIC WRIGLEY FIELD ON AUGUST 13TH
The Nation’s Top High School Baseball Players Will Be Showcased Live on the MLB Network

Baltimore, MD. (March 28, 2011) – Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) the Baltimore, MD-based leader in sports performance apparel, footwear and accessories, today announced that the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, will be played at the historic Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 13. This marks the fourth-year of the Under Armour All-America Game.  The game will air live nationally on MLB Network at 2:00PM EDT.  

Under Armour also unveiled the list of top national high school baseball prospects who have accepted invitations to participate in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.  The game will showcase thirty-six of the nation’s best rising juniors and seniors, competing in an American versus National match-up. The players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts.

The game itself is the culmination of a four-day baseball celebration, including a meet and greet with MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., a formal workout for MLB scouts, and a homerun derby to showcase their power strokes.

“Under Armour is proud to showcase the next generation of elite baseball athletes at the 2011 All-America Game,” said Matt Mirchin, Under Armour Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing. “Hosting these players at historic Wrigley Field and giving them the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the greatest players in baseball is an opportunity of a lifetime and Under Armour is thrilled to continue the tradition for the fourth year.”

“Baseball Factory scouts thousands of high school players worldwide before selecting the players that make the Under Armour All-America Game the premier high school baseball game in the nation,” said Steve Sclafani, CEO and Founder, Baseball Factory. “We are excited to join Under Armour again this year in showcasing these talented players at Wrigley Field and across the country on MLB Network.  Many of these players will go on to be selected in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft, and this is their opportunity to gain valuable exposure on the grandest scale.”

Over the past two years, 61 of the 72 players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 12 first round picks.  Top players that went on to sign professional contracts include Donovan Tate (2009 No.3 overall pick, San Diego Padres); Zachary Wheeler (2009 No.6 overall pick, San Francisco Giants); Jacob Turner (2009 No.9 overall pick, Detroit Tigers); Tyler Matzek (2009 No.11 overall pick, Colorado Rockies); Jameson Taillon (2010 No.2 Overall Pick, Pittsburgh Pirates); Kellin Deglan (2010 No.22 overall pick, Texas Rangers). In addition, Matthew Purke (2009 No.14 overall pick, Texas Rangers) was selected in the first round but ultimately chose to attend Texas Christian University where he was 16-0 with a 3.02 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched, and was named the Baseball America National Freshman of the Year.  

While the roster for this year’s game is not finalized, we are pleased to announce that the following players, selected by Baseball Factory, have committed to participate in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game:

Nick Basto – SS/3B, R/R, 6-2, 190, Archbishop McCarthy High School, FL
Lewis Brinson – OF, R/R, 6-4, 180, Coral Springs High School, FL
Curt Britt – RHP/1B, L/R, 6-2, 220, Scotland High School, NC
Byron Buxton – OF, R/R, 6-0, 165, Appling County High School, GA
Gavin Cecchini, SS, R/R, 6-2, 182, Barbe High School, LA
Tyler Gonzales, RHP/SS, R/R, 6-2, 180, James Madison High School, TX
Ty Hensley, RHP/C, S/R, 6-4, 215, Santa Fe High School, OK
Hayden Hurst, RHP, R/R, 6-5, 225, Bolles High School, FL
Carson Kelly, OF/3B/RHP, R/R, 6-2, 190, Westview High School, OR
Tomas Nido, C, R/R, 6-0, 195, Orangewood Christian High School, FL
Matt Olson, 1B, L/R, 6-4, 225, Parkview High School, GA
Russell Reynolds, RHP, R/R, 6-3, 180, Parkview Baptist, LA
Ryan Ripken, 1B, L/L, 6-4, 195, Gilman School, MD
Nelson Rodriguez, C, R/R, 6-2, 230, George Washington High School, NY
Fernelys Sanchez, OF, S/R, 6-3, 192, George Washington High School, NY
Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, R/R, 6-4, 200, Southwest Christian High School, TX
David Thompson, 3B/OF, R/R, 6-1, 195, Westminster Christian High School, FL
Stryker Trahan, C/1B/OF, L/R, 6-1, 218, Acadiana High School, LA
Nick Travieso, RHP, R/R, 6-3, 205, Archbishop McCarthy High School, FL
Kyle Twomey, LHP, L/L, 6-3, 155, El Dorado High School, CA
Duane Underwood, RHP/OF, R/R, 6-2, 195, Pope High School, GA
Jesmuel Valentin, SS/2B, S/R, 5-10, 175, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, PR
Mikey White, SS/2B, R/R, 6-1, 190, Spain Park High School, AL

For more information on the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, please visit www.baseballfactory.com/allamerica/2011.

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand’s moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products.  The Company’s products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe.  The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.underarmour.com.

About Baseball Factory, Inc.

Baseball Factory provides baseball players nationwide with the very best instruction, tournament competition, and college planning and guidance. Baseball Factory has developed programs to provide players, parents, high school coaches, college coaches, and professional scouts with year round advice and training so that they all can benefit from Baseball Factory’s longstanding relationships in the baseball community.  Baseball Factory acquired Team One Baseball in 2004.  Team One Baseball provides exposure opportunities for the nation’s top high school players to come together and play in front of large amounts of scouts and college recruiters through the company’s showcase events.  Together, Baseball Factory and Team One events have featured more than 260 players who have played or are currently playing in the Majors.

Baseball Factory Wire: 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament Top 15: 2012 Grads Honorable Mentions

Baseball Factory Wire: 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament Top 15: 2012 Grads Honorable Mentions.

Position Changes…How to Deal With Them as a Parent

Put Your Blinders On!

Rob NaddelmanProfileRob Naddelman: Through a Parent’s Eyes

I had originally written this blog sometime ago, but since it seems to be a popular blog on our site, I thought I would repost it. This could be especially helpful for families of HS Seniors with the timing of the Early Signing Period and players around the country making commitments to schools. Below is the original post.

Position Changes…How to Deal With Them as a Parent.

2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament Top 5: 2013 Grads

 

2/1/2011
Dave Lax
Baseball Factory

With over 260 players participating in the 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament, powered by Baseball Factory, our scouts were treated to players from across the country that had many tools including sub seven second speed, sub two second pop time and above 89mph velocities. While we cannot honor everyone that attended we did want to highlight a few players that stood out.

The following are the Top 5 2013 Grads from the 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament.

1. Matt Krook | LHP/OF | Hillsborough, CA | St Ignatius College Prep
Matt is an athletic 6’3” lefty who excels as both a pitcher and outfielder. On the mound he carves up hitters with a mix of a tailing fastball that tops out at 88mph and a cutter that he runs into RH hitters. He also shows a slurvy breaking ball with some depth and a change. Matt’s delivery is low-effort, his arm works free and easy and he showed advanced command of all his offerings. His LH stroke at the plate is smooth and his quick hands generate bat speed. Although his ceiling is highest on the mound, he has a chance to be an impact bat at the college level as well. Matt is an impressive young prospect to follow closely.

2. Jarret DeHart | OF | Medford, NJ | Shawnee
Jarret is a physical young OF at 6’2”, 195 lbs. He is athletic in all he does including a solid 7.1 in the 60. At the plate is where Jarret really shines. He has a comfortable, rhythmic approach that, coupled with his strength, leads to plus bat speed from the left side. He drives balls to all parts of the park and looks to be a middle-of-the-order run producer in the future. He is versatile enough to play either corner OF spot and 1B, though his best spot is probably LF at higher levels. Wherever he ends up, his bat will carry him.

3. Billy McKinney | OF | Plano, TX | Plano West
Billy is a LH hitting OF with a solid frame, present strength and an advanced approach to hitting. He is short and quick to the ball with balance throughout his stroke. He drives balls to both gaps while showing flashes of the power that should be a consistent part of his game in the future. In the outfield, Billy shows good instincts, an aggressive approach and an arm with good carry that works at either corner outfield spot. Billy’s natural LH bat makes him a prospect to keep an eye on.

4. Bryce Welborn | RHP/SS | The Woodlands | The Woodlands College Park
Bryce is a two way threat as a RHP and SS. His high energy approach is refreshing and immediately stands out on the field. On the mound, he flashes a consistent high 80s fastball that topped out at 89. He complements his FB with a tight slider that sits in the 80-81 area and a straight change that he mixes in on occasion. He attacks hitters and sets a good tempo to the game. At SS he uses his feet well and moves through balls showing athleticism throughout. He shows plus arm strength across the diamond with on-line carry. At the plate, Bryce shows some bat speed from an aggressive, max-effort approach. Overall, he will be an interesting 2-way prospect in the future.

5. Zac Ryan | RHP/3B | Valparaiso, IN | Andrean
Zac is another young 2-way prospect – RHP/3B. His tall, lean frame is ideal for the mound where he pounds the strike zone with a high 80s fastball. His FB tops at 89 with some run and excellent downhill plane. He also throws a slider with good tilt. As a position player, Zac is a solid 3B with sure hands and a plus arm across the infield. At the plate, he has a level stroke, quick hands and a natural feel for the barrel. He has lots of upside at both spots and merits close following.

Be sure to check back because we will be posting the Top 10 Players for the 2011, 2012 classes (as well as honorable mentions).

All Top 10s and event postings will be updated on the 2011 Event Page.

What is a Productive Winter?

Woody Wingfield: Your Link to the Colleges 

 

For freshman and sophomores, now is a great time to get those first college visits underway. Don’t worry about trying to meet college coaches- they won’t have much to say to you right now. Rather, concentrate on the campus tour, seeing the dorms, trying out the cafeteria food, etc. Once the spring season gets into full swing, you probably won’t have much time for this.

For the juniors out there, I would recommend that you start letting college coaches know that you’re out there, and that you’re interested in learning more about their baseball program. If you have video, you should be actively using it at this point. It’s a great way for college coaches to put a face to a name and have a chance to evaluate you before they can see you in the spring or summer. I’d concentrate on learning about the program by asking good questions and building up a dialogue with college coaches. You can also send your high school and summer schedules once they’re ready.

As for seniors, it’s time to regroup. If you haven’t found a place to play yet, your potential college career is not over. MANY more college decision mistakes are made in November or earlier, rather than in the spring. However, you can’t be complacent and expect schools to come out of the woodwork to see you play. There is still a good deal of work that you need to put in.
Here’s what seniors should be doing right now:

What are you doing during the winter months? During the Quiet Period, college coaches can’t come out to see you play and evaluate you. Not that they’d want to, given the weather conditions most of us are lucky enough to deal with. It is possible, however, to have a really productive winter when it comes to the college search process.

  • Take an inventory of where you’re at with all of the schools on your college list. What have you received from the baseball program? Was it a generic e-mail or was it personal? Has the coaching staff seen you play already? Have you visited the school? Have you applied? If not, is there an application deadline and when is it?
  • Start checking in with coaches about the spring. Let them know that you’re still available and still very interested in their program. Every few weeks, give them short updates on your progress during winter workouts, seventh semester grades, etc. If coaches didn’t get a chance to see you play, sending video can be a great way to entice them enough to come out to see you play in the spring.
  • Try to find some dates to visit schools that you haven’t seen yet. These visits must include a meeting with a coach at this point. Doing so is a great way to show the coaching staff that you are serious about playing there and may translate into the spring when the staff is scouting high school games.
  • As for applications, I don’t see a huge need to apply to schools just to apply. Unless there is a hard application deadline that coaches have to work with (and they’ll tell you to apply in that case), I’d wait to send that paperwork in until you have connected with the coaching staff. It helps to be an admitted student when a coach is considering you for the team, but doing applications in bulk can be an inefficient use of your time.

Again, not too late, but the workload hasn’t changed, either.

As we say at every Baseball Factory event, college coaches want players that want to play for them. Having a productive winter means laying the foundation with college coaches and which, ultimately, leads to a productive and successful spring season. It’s time to get after it, folks. Good luck!

Woody serves as the Director of College Recruiting Operations, working with players and parents in the ACR, Exclusive and Exclusive BATS Programs. His role is to assist all families with questions they may have throughout the recruiting process. Woody is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he worked as an intern with the Cavalier Baseball Team.

Baseball Factory Wire: 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament Top 10: Pitcher Velocities

Baseball Factory Wire: 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament Top 10: Pitcher Velocities.