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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.