The first of Team One’s four regional showcases kicked off on Friday as six teams filled with both ’03 and ’04 prospects took B.P., ran 60’s and played games throughout the day. The West Showcase, which continues through Sunday, is the leadoff event for our summer long series of events which includes stops at L.S.U (Team One Central), Georgia Tech (Team One South) and Notre Dame (Team One North). At the conclusion of each event we’ll announce 25 nominees who may potentially play in the Team One National Showcase which will be held in Las Vegas later this fall. This will be the premiere event of the fall and will feature two teams made up of the top prospects in the country.
Along with some of the changes in the Showcase schedule, we’ve added another new dimension to our event and that is the inclusion of junior college prospects. The first group of juco prospects to attend the Team One Showcase is led by two Bellevue C.C. players, LHP Russ Petrick and OF Tino Psaradelis. Both Petrick and Psaradelis were selected by Baltimore in the 2002 amateur draft.
Here are some more highlights from the first day of the 2002 Team One West Showcase:
B.P. was the first order of business and several players looked very strong with the bat. Included in this group were Jim Rapaport, a L/L center fielder from California with a whip-like left handed stroke, Matt Spring, a right handed masher from Cactus, Arizona, and Brennan Boesch (right) who dropped a 400+ foot home run early in the first game of the day.
Along with the impressive work that was done at the plate, there was some speed on display as well and with that said, here are the top five times for the 60 yd. run …
1. Sean Henry, Northern California, 6.65
2. Ryan Kowalski, California South, 6.75
3. Adam Sorgi, California, 6.8
4. Brandon Howard, West, 6.8
5. Aaron Reza, California South, 6.83
Several pitchers made an impact on the first day including the aforementioned, Petrick as well as two Pacific-Rim chuckers, Ryan Shaver and Kaimi Mead. Shaver is a lanky and loose Alaska native while Mead is a stout lefty from the Honolulu, Hawaii. Both showed above average stuff. The surprise of the day may have come from Ryan Muller who didn't even list himself primarily as a pitcher to start out. A thinly built but quick-armed right hander from Live Oak, California, Muller sat at 91 for his one inning of work.
Speaking of big league lineage, there are a handful of Team One West participants with some famous ties to the sporting world. 1B/OF Drew Saberhagen, son of two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen is playing for the California squad … Jordan Abruzzo is a switch-hitting catcher playing for the Southern California team. You may know about his older brother, Jared, who is a former 2nd round pick of the Angels … Not to be outdone, West catcher, Matt Lane is the cousin of Devil Rays prospect Jeff Ridgeway and Utah SS/RHP is a relative of Cincinnati catcher, Jason LaRue… West LHP Case Dahlen has ties to Olympic swimmer, Amy Van Dykken and present NFL quarterback, Rob Johnson …
Coaches and/or recruiters from virtually every major college on the west coast are in attendance along with many other D-1’s, including , Miami, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tulane, Hawaii, Baylor and more.