The Under Armour All-American Game, powered by Baseball Factory, announced eight more invites to its original roster. The final showcase event of the summer will be held Aug. 24 in Chicago. MLB Network will air the game live from Wrigley Field at 2:30 Eastern.
Eight UA 2012 All-Americans were selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, an event record, giving the event 15 players drafted in the first three rounds. But this year's team has a chance to be the most talented in the six-year history. The full roster can be found at http://www.baseballfactory.com/allamerica/2013/.
The eight players announced Thursday were:
Darius Day, outfielder, Simeon Academy, Chicago
The hometown Day attends Simeon Academy, which is the same school that produced 2012 UA All-American outfielder Corey Ray. Day has a tightly-wound 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame that portends future strength gains. The lefthanded hitter has a balanced swing with gap power. Day has improved his speed over the last year and has been clocked in the 6.5 range in the 60 yard-dash. The athletic outfielder has at least an average arm at present and plays travel ball for the Chicago White Sox ACE.
Joseph Gatto, rhp, St. Augustine Prep, Hammonton, N.J.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Gatto has large frame and projectable build. The North Carolina recruit has a smooth, easy and repeatable delivery. His fastball can sit 90-92 mph, touching 94 with sink from a three-quarter slot. Gatto, who plays travel ball for the Indiana Prospects, has feel for two breaking balls, a mid-80s slider and 74-77 curveball.
Monte Harrison, of, Lee's Summit West (Mo.)
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound outfielder is a premium athlete and three-sport standout. He recently committed to Nebraska as one of the top wide receiver recruits in the country. The physical specimen earns plus grades for his arm and speed, which give him the potential to be a strong defender. With bat speed and natural strength, Harrison will continue to develop as a hitter with more baseball reps.
Grant Holmes, rhp, Conway (S.C.)
Holmes has strong, physical build at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds. His fastball has been up to 96 this summer and can sit comfortably in the low-90s. The Florida recruit's mid-80s curveball with power and depth is his primary secondary offering.
Michael Kopech, rhp, Mount Pleasant (Texas)
The tall, lean and wiry Kopech offers projection to his 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame. While his velocity has been inconsistent this summer, Kopech is capable low-90s velocity and has hit 94. He is very flexible throughout his delivery, featuring a high leg kick up to his shoulders, hip turn and loose arm action. His top secondary offering is a mid-70s curveball.
Chase Vallot, c, St. Thomas, Youngsville, La.
The Mississippi State commit has considerable raw power packed into his strong 6-foot, 200-pound build. The Marucci Elite member won the Rawlings Home Run Challenge at Perfect Game's National Showcase. Vallot has a strong arm capable of producing pop times in the 1.9-second range.
Cameron Varga, rhp, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Loveland, Ohio
At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Varga has a projectable build with sloped shoulders, a tapered waist and lean legs. The North Carolina commit has a lot of athleticism in his delivery and throws from a high three-quarter arm slot. His fastball has sat in the low-90s with ease and has hit 95. He throws a low-80s breaking ball with depth and plays for the Midland Redskins.
Marcus Wilson, of, Junipero Serra, Los Angeles
Wilson has a wiry build at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, with good athleticism, fluid actions and plus speed. The member of SGV Arsenal has arm strength and shows defensive prowess in center field. Wilson has bat speed and has shown a good feel to hit.