Texas claimed the inaugural States Play title despite California's 8-2 win in the finale. Bobby Witt Jr. was named series MVP after going 5-for-12 with a double, triple, two home runs and five RBIs.
About States Play
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced a new high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from Texas and California, two states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players. States Play, which will be co-hosted by the Texas Rangers, will center on a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, from Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26. All three games of the inter-state rivalry tournament will stream LIVE on MLB.com, and access to Globe Life will be free for the public.
Each team will consist of rosters of players living in various parts of each state. The vast majority of the high school players have already committed to some of the best collegiate baseball programs in the country. Players were selected by MLB and USA Baseball, with several being chosen after participation in other joint MLB/USA Baseball development-focused events, such as the Tournament of the Stars, Breakthrough Series, Elite Development Invitational, the DREAM Series and the Prospect Development Pipeline.
Former Major League players with personal or professional histories in Texas or California will serve as coaches for each team. These coaches include Jerry Manuel, Homer Bush, Royce Clayton, Ken Hill, Gerald Laird, Darren Oliver and Andy Stankiewicz. Additionally, players will participate in morning training sessions at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy located in West Dallas. Workouts will be held Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon (CT) at the Academy.
The participants will also have the opportunity to undergo unique Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) assessments, consisting of performance vision screening, swing analysis and precise physical testing. These voluntary assessments are supported on-site by USA Baseball, which have helped establish an official identification and player assessment pathway to all 30 MLB Clubs for elite high school age baseball players in advance of the annual MLB Draft.
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The schedule of games is as follows (all times Central):
Friday, Aug. 24:
• 3:00 p.m. BP Texas
• 3:40 p.m. BP California
• 4:30 p.m. TX In/Out
• 4:40 p.m. CA In/Out
• 5:05 p.m. First Pitch
Saturday, Aug. 25:
• 5:00 p.m. BP California
• 5:40 p.m. BP Texas
• 6:30 p.m. CA In/Out
• 6:40 p.m. TX In/Out
• 7:05 p.m. First Pitch
Sunday, Aug. 26:
• 10:30 a.m. TX In/Out
• 10:40 a.m. CA In/Out
• 11:05 a.m. First Pitch