Aflac will announce later this afternoon, in an official press conference, that it will host the sixth annual Aflac All-American Game at 3 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 9 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The game will be nationally televised again on Fox Sports Net.
This will be the first time the game will be played at a major league stadium. The first events were at minor league ballparks, while the last two were played at San Diego State’s Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The event will feature 38 of the nation’s top high school players—split into an East versus West matchup—from the 2009 class. Last year’s showcase included four players players selected in the first round of the 2008 draft, headlined by the No. 1 overall selection Tim Beckham. Eric Hosmer (third overall), Kyle Skipworth (sixth) and Ethan Martin (15th) were the other three taken in the first round. Since the game debuted in 2003, 52 Aflac All-Americans have been selected in the first round of the draft.
The final rosters for each team have not been finalized, but Aflac did release the names of the first 10 players selected for the game. With the Dodger Stadium press conference, the first 10 players were all Southern California standouts who will play for the West:
|Matt Davidson||3b/rhp||Yucaipa (Calif.) HS|
|Tyler Matzek||lhp||Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.|
|Jiovanni Miller||inf/rhp||Bonita HS, Pomona, Calif.|
|David Nick||inf||Cypress (Calif.) HS|
|Brooks Pounders||rhp/inf||Temecula Valley HS, Temecula, Calif.|
|Jonathan Singleton||1b||Millikan HS, Long Beach|
|Max Stassi||c/inf||Yuba City (Calif.) HS|
|Andrew Susac||c||Jesuit HS, Roseville, Calif.|
|Chad Thompson||rhp||El Toro HS, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.|
|Beau Wright||lhp||Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS|