June 16, 2004
Perfect Game's annual National Showcase in St. Petersburg, Fla., could provide a preview of the first round of the 2005 draft, with 18 of the top 20 and as many as 75 of the top 100 high school prospects for next year scheduled to attend.
"This should be one of the most talent-filled events we've ever held," Perfect Game director Jerry Fordsaid. "Our early indication is the 2005 class is a pretty strong one, and we've got almost all of the top prospects scheduled to come."
Approximately 200 players were expected to attend the event at Tropicana Field, home of the Devil Rays, from June 18-20.
Among those scheduled to attend is Chesapeake, Va., shortstop Justin Upton, the younger brother of Devil Rays shortstop prospect B.J. Upton. B.J. played in the showcase in 2001, before he was the first high school player drafted in 2002. Justin is the top-ranked prospect in the '05 class.
He'll have plenty of company as other high-profile members of the Class of 2005 slated to attend include:
|Justin Bristow||rhp/ss||Mills Godwin HS, Richmond, Va.|
|David DiNatale||of||King's Academy, Parkland, Fla.|
|Chris Dominguez||inf/rhp||Gulliver Prep, Miami|
|Austin Jackson||of||Ryan HS, Denton, Texas|
|Beau Jones||lhp||Destrehan (La.) HS|
|Eric Massingham||rhp||De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.|
|Cameron Maybin||of||T.C. Roberson HS, Arden, N.C.|
|Andrew McCutcheon||of||Fort Meade (Fla.) HS|
|Iain Sebastian||rhp/1b||Columbus (Ga.) HS|
|Tim Sherlock||of/1b||Chapparal HS. Scottsdale, Ariz.|