USA Baseball has announced that the third annual Breakthrough Series will move to the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., this summer. The first two installments of the event were held at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.
"Major League Baseball is excited to showcase the Breakthrough Series at USA Baseball’s state-of-the art National Training Complex and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park as an important part of our continuing efforts to strengthen amateur baseball," said Jimmie Lee Solomon, Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, Major League Baseball. "Expanding the academic and athletic opportunities available to our game's promising young players through the exposure of the Breakthrough Series remains a priority of Major League Baseball."
The players invited to the Breakthrough Series are rising high school juniors and seniors that typically do not frequent the showcase circuit or other high-end tournaments. In a press release, USA Baseball said "the event will consist of instruction and a round-robin series followed by a championship game produced for television and featuring rosters comprised of standout players selected from among the four participating teams."
The championship game will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The event will provide the participants with instruction as well as an opportunity to be seen by college coaches.
Past participants include first baseman Jonathan Singleton (Phillies, eighth round, 2009), outfielder Victor Roache (Tigers, 25th round, 2009, now at Georgia Southern) and 2010 outfield prospect Reggie Golden (Wetumpka, Ala., High).
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