Some of the top high school players in the country will be on display during the 17th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.
The game, which will be televised on MLB Network and streamed online at MLB.com, will feature several players projected to go toward the top of the 2020 Draft, including many who stood out in the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline League, which concluded with the High School All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Robert Hassell, an outfielder from Independence (Thompson’s Station, Tenn.) High School, and Mick Abel, a right-hander from Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) High School, are just two of the many talented prospects who will be on display. Hassell was arguably the best player in the PDP League, as he hit .385/.467/.654 and stole four bases. Abel struck out 11 batters over eight innings and showed off three solid pitches -- a fastball that ran up to 95 mph, a slider and a changeup.
If power is what you’re looking for, then you’re in luck. Blaze Jordan and AJ Vukovich, who finished first and second in the High School Home Run Derby, will also participate.
Jordan, who recently reclassified to become eligible for the 2020 Draft, is just 16 years old, but he showed off tremendous power in Cleveland, where he beat Vukovich, 7-6, on a buzzer-beater in front of a packed house during the MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night. In addition to crushing balls in the Derby, Vukovich also hit well in the PDP League, slashing .308/.357/.654, including a grand slam.
Bobby Witt Jr., this year’s No. 2 overall Draft pick, took the field in the All-American Classic a year ago, and he’s hardly the only high pick to have participated in the event over the years. In fact, since it was created in 2003, 215 participants have gone on to become first-round Draft picks. What’s more, nine of those players went No. 1 overall and 171 players, including Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant, have played in the big leagues.
The 2019 rosters are as follows:
Michael Brooks, SS/OF, Wellington, Fla.
Ryan Bruno, LHP/1B, Wellington, Fla.
Jack Bulger, C/3B/RHP, Bowie, Md.
Dylan Crews, OF, Longwood, Fla.
Jake Deleo, OF/C, Norwalk, Conn.
Brandon Fields, OF, Orlando, Fla.
Alex Freeland, SS/3B/RHP, Cape Coral, Fla.
Mac Guscette, C/1B/3B, Nokomis, Fla.
Ryan Hagenow, RHP, Knoxville, Tenn.
Calvin Harris, C/OF/RHP, Peosta, Iowa
Robert Hassell III, OF/1B/LHP, Franklin, Tenn.
Austin Hendrick, OF/LHP, Oakdale, Pa.
Ben Hernandez, RHP/3B, Chicago, Ill.
Ed Howard, SS, Lynwood, Ill.
Blaze Jordan, 3B/1B, Southaven, Miss.
Coby Mayo, 3B, Coral Springs, Fla.
Nolan McLean, RHP/UT, Willow Springs, N.C.
Victor Mederos, RHP/1B/3B, Miami, Fla.
Carson Montgomery, RHP/OF, Windermere, Fla.
Yohandy Morales, SS/3B/OF, Miami, Fla.
Jack O’Dowd, SS/2B/3B, Nashville, Tenn.
Alejandro Rosario, RHP, Miami, Fla.
Will Sanders, RHP/1B, Atlanta, Ga.
Alex Santos, RHP/1B, Bronx, N.Y.
Nate Savino, LHP/OF, Sterling, Va.
Zac Veen, OF/1B, Port Orange, Fla.
Jordan Walker, 3B/RHP/SS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Mario Zabala, OF, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mick Abel, RHP/1B, Tigard, Ore.
Carter Baumler, RHP/3B/C/OF, Grimes, Iowa
Jace Bohrofen, OF, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Drew Bowser, SS/3B, Encino, Calif.
Michael Brown, 1B/OF, Vacaville, Calif.
Maxwell Carlson, RHP/OF, Savage, Minn.
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF/LHP, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Chase Davis, OF, Elk Grove, Calif.
Daxton Fulton, LHP/1B, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Kyle Harrison, LHP/1B/OF, Danville, Calif.
Cade Horton, SS, Norman, Okla.
Jared Jones, RHP/3B, Whittier, Calif.
Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio, Texas
George Klassen, RHP/MIF/OF, Port Washington, Wis.
Ronan Kopp, LHP/1B, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Robert Moore, SS/2B, Leawood, Kan.
Kevin Parada, C/OF, Pasadena, Calif.
Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands, Texas
Kevin Sim, 3B/RHP, San Diego, Calif.
Tyler Soderstrom, C/3B/OF, Turlock, Calif.
Daniel Susac, C, Roseville, Caif.
Jordan Thompson, SS/RHP, Chula Vista, Calif.
Milan Tolentino, SS/RHP, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Jake Vogel, OF, Huntington Beach, Calif.
AJ Vukovich, 3B/1B/OF/RHP, Mukwonago, Wis.
Cayden Wallace, 3B/OF/RHP/SS, Greenbrier, Ariz.
Slade Wilks, OF/3B, Columbia, Miss.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.