Talented Crop Set For Showcase

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.