Wrigley Field will be familiar to Alex Jackson. Now he knows the names of the players he’ll have to show around at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Under Armour and Baseball Factory have released the rosters for the 2013 edition of the event, and Jackson, a catcher/outfielder out of San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo High, is a repeat offender. He starred in the game last August and will be joined by 35 other prep all-stars in the final major showcase event of the summer.
Last year’s game featured eight first-round picks, from Georgia prep outfielders Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows to hard-throwing pitchers such as Trey Ball and Hunter Harvey. This year’s rosters again feature some of the best talent in the prep class. Some of the highlights:
• The hardest-throwing prep arms in the class will be in Chicago, including Georgia’s Dylan Cease, South Carolina’s Grant Holmes and Miami’s Touki Toussaint. All three have at least touched 96 mph with their fastballs. Last year’s Under Armour Game was notable for its talent but also for a modest performance by power arms, with no pitcher throwing harder than 93 mph. That should change this year.
• The position-player talent on hand also should be exciting. Jackson has premium raw power and was a second-team All-American as a junior this spring, while fellow Californian Jacob Gatewood just won the high school portion of the Home Run Derby at the major league All-Star Game. Five-tool Georgia prep Michael Gettys hopes to break out nationally the same was Frazier and Meadows did in 2012, while catcher Chase Vallot hopes to continue his big summer and rival Jackson as the draft class’ top prep catcher.
• Big league progeny at this year’s event includes toolsy outfielder Dazmon Cameron (son of Mike), physical infielder Luke Dykstra (son of Len), lefthanded-hitting shortstop Nick Gordon (son of Tom, brother of Dee) and projectable righthander Cobi Johnson (son of Dane).
|Dazmon Cameron||OF||6-1||184||Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy||McDonough||Ga.|
|Dylan Cease||RHP||6-2||180||Milton High School||Milton||Ga.|
|Darius Day||OF||5-11||180||Simeon Career Academy||Chicago||Ill.|
|Gregory Deichmann||IF||6-2||180||Brother Martin High School||Metairie||La.|
|Luke Dykstra||IF||6-1||190||Westlake High School||Thousand Oaks||Calif.|
|Stone Garrett||OF||6-2||185||George Ranch High School||Sugar Land||Texas|
|Jacob Gatewood||SS/RHP||6-4||180||Redwood High School||Visalia||Calif.|
|Joe Gatto||RHP||6-5||210||St. Augustine Prep||Hammonton||N.J.|
|Michael Gettys||OF/RHP||6-2||205||Gainesville High School||Gainesville||Ga.|
|Nelson Gomez||IF||6-2||195||Puerto Plata||D.R.|
|Nicholas Gordon||SS/RHP||6-1||167||Olympia High School||Windermere||Fla.|
|Foster Griffin||LHP||6-5||190||The First Academy||Orlando||Fla.|
|Monte’ Harrison||OF||6-3||200||Lee’s Summit West High School||Lee’s Summit||Mo.|
|Sam Hentges||LHP/1B||6-6||240||Mounds View High School||Shoreview||Minn.|
|Grant Hockin||RHP||6-3||195||Damien High School||Pomona||Calif.|
|Alex Jackson||C||6-2||185||Rancho Bernardo High School||Escondido||Calif.|
|Cobi Johnson||RHP||6-4||175||James W. Mitchell High School||Holiday||Fla.|
|Ryan Johnson||OF/1B||6-3||215||College Station High School||College Station||Texas|
|Michael Kopech||RHP||6-4||195||Mount Pleasant High School||Mount Pleasant||Texas|
|Alex Lange||RHP||6-3||210||Lee’s Summit West High School||Lee’s Summit||Mo.|
|Corbin Martin||OF||6-3||185||Cypress Ranch High School||Cypress||Texas|
|Micah Miniard||RHP||6-7||200||Boyle County High School||Danville||Ky.|
|Alexis Pantoja||IF||6-0||155||Puerto Rico Baseball Academy||Vega Alta||P.R.|
|Alexander Paredes||OF||6-2||170||La Romana||D.R.|
|David Peterson||LHP/1B||6-6||205||Regis Jesuit High School||Denver||Colo.|
|Milton Ramos||IF||6-1||155||Florida Christian High School||Hialeah Gardens||Fla.|
|Willie Rios||LHP||6-0||180||St. Bernard High School||Waterford||Conn.|
|Gilberto Rodriguez||C||5-10||180||Puerto Rico Baseball Academy||Juncos||P.R.|
|Carson Sands||LHP||6-3||205||North Florida Christian School||Tallahassee||Fla.|
|Tim Susnara||C||6-0||185||St. Francis High School||Redwood City||Calif.|
|Touki Toussaint||RHP/SS||6-1||185||Coral Springs Christian||Coral Springs||Fla.|
|Chase Vallot||C||6-0||200||St. Thomas More High School||Youngsville||La.|
|Cameron Varga||RHP||6-3||200||Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy||Loveland||Ohio|
|Alex Verdugo||LHP/OF||6-1||195||Sahuaro High School||Tucson||Ariz.|