The Under Armour All-America Game, presented by Baseball Factory, has added three players to finalize the roster for Saturday’s game in Wrigley Field that will be played at 7:05 p.m. EST.
Two of these players—outfielders Demi Orimoloye and Nick Plummer—have been breakout stars of the past few weeks at East Coast Pro and the Area Code Games. The other, Kyler Murray, is one of the premier athletes in the prep class and is the top quarterback recruit in the country, and evaluators are very eager to lay eyes on him.
The seventh annual event features a robust roster of 40 amateur players and will air nationally on MLB Network at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday.
The Under Armour Game has a strong track record of hosting the top players from a draft perspective. Since 2008, 51 first- or supplemental first-round picks have played in the game.
The 2013 game featured nine players who went in the first or supplemental first round and that doesn’t include Brady Aiken, who played in the 2012 game but played for Team USA, or Jack Flaherty, who was also an early commit for the game but played for Team USA, or Dylan Cease, who signed for supplemental first-round money ($1.5 million). The 2013 crop included Tyler Kolek, Nick Gordon and Alex Jackson.
In total, more than half (18) of the draft-players at the 2013 game (33) went in the top two rounds or received bonuses commensurate with the top two rounds (Cease and Carson Sands).
Previous roster installments can be found here.
Kyler Murray, mif, Allen (Texas) High
Murray will become the first athlete ever to play in both the football and baseball Under Armour All-America Games, demonstrating his premium athleticism that is among the best in the high school class, according to ESPN’s Top 300 rankings. The son of former All-American Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, Kyler is ranked as the top quarterback recruit in the country and is committed to his father’s alma mater. He is the reigning two-time football Texas state championship MVP. The dual-threat threw for 3,248 yards and 40 touchdowns while running for 1,230 and 17 touchdowns. His athleticism is evident on the baseball field, offering plus speed and an up-the-middle profile. He offers plus bat speed and feel for the bat, as well as power due to his quick-twitch athleticism and wiry strength. Murray has not attended a national showcase this summer. He has baseball bloodlines as his father played in the minor leagues and was an 11th-round pick of the Brewers. His uncle is Calvin Murray, the two-time first-rounder and former big leaguer. He will be one of the top draws for scouts, who are very excited to see his athleticism on the diamond.
Demi Orimoloye, of, St. Matthew HS Orleans, Ontario, Canada
Orimoloye will join fellow Canadian Josh Naylor in Wrigley. Orimoloye, who was born in Nigeria and moved to Canada when he was 10 months old, has developed tremendously over the past year. He has loud tools and an athletic, strong and big league body at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He is a plus runner in the 60-yard dash (6.50 seconds at ECP) with long, powerful strides that allows his speed to play underway. He has a plus arm that profiles in right field. Although the quality of his at-bats last year were lacking, he has improved at the plate. Orimoloye has impressive physical strength in his righthanded swing, to go with leverage and bat speed from a deep load that produces plus raw power to his pull side. He hit a home run to left center field at the Area Code Games and continued to impact the baseball in game action, producing two of the 10 hardest hit balls at the Area Code Games, both singles. He also had a triple that hit off the left center field wall that TrackMan said went 403 feet. The uncommitted Orimoloye has room to improve his baserunning with additional reps, but he has demonstrated his aptitude for the game that should enable him to keep improving at an above-average rate. He was profiled during the Area Code Games.
Nick Plummer, of, Birmingham Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Although Plummer was not known nationally before East Coast Pro, he burst onto the scene and has emerged prominently over the past two weeks after performing at ECP and the ACG. The lefthanded-hitting Plummer offers a potent bat and scouting directors have said Plummer is one of the top hitters in the country. He offers bat speed and strength from a compact stroke. He has taken some of the best batting practices over the last two weeks, showing the ability to rope hard line drives to the gaps and above-average raw power to his pull side. The Kentucky commit has advanced strike-zone awareness and puts himself into leverage counts, recognizing breaking balls well. He hit a home run to his pull side during East Coast Pro that was arguably the farthest hit ball of the event in game action. For an encore, Plummer hit a similar home run on the second pitch of the Area Code Games. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound Plummer has a strong, muscular and chiseled physique. He is at least an average runner, occasionally posting above-average run times out of the box. Some scouts think he has a chance to remain in center field. His arm likely fits best in center field or left field. Plummer is a confident player who is aggressive on the bases. He was profiled at ECP.