UPDATE: This story has been updated here.
San Diego area prep shortstop Tony Wolters, the MVP of last summer's Aflac All-America game who is projected to go in the first two rounds of the 2010 draft, has been ruled ineligible by the local section of the California Interscholastic Federation. His season for Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista, Calif., is apparently over due to his participation in an area workout organized by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wolters' father Kelly, in an email to Baseball America, said his son was ruled ineligible by local CIF commissioner Dennis Ackerman after a report on MLB.com that Wolters attended the Blue Jays' workout. Tony Wolters was ruled to have participated in a tryout, which is against CIF regulations. CIF officials at the state office in Sacramento declined comment, and a phone message for Ackerman had yet to be returned. The Wolters disputed that the workout he went to met the standards of a "tryout" which would make him ineligible.
In our Draft Preview issue that went to press Thursday, Wolters ranked as the No. 6 shortstop available in the draft, third among prep players after Florida high schoolers Manny Machado and Yordy Cabrera. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound lefthanded hitter is a good hitter with a quick bat and excellent arm strength. He projects as a second baseman in pro ball, as his range is below-average.
Ackerman has a son who plays for rival Poway High, and Ackerman himself has been subject to criticism that he has made rulings favoring Poway. Poway and Rancho Buena Vista play in the same Palomar division.
Wolters—who spoke with BA's Conor Glassey in early April—was profiled here on BA's Draft Blog. The University of San Diego recruit is now free to do as many workouts as he likes, but his dreams of winning a section title are over.
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