The 2016 Perfect Game Jr. National Showcase was played in Fort Myers, Florida, June 11-14, and three Cartersville baseball players were invited.
Jake Gooch, Anthony Seigler and Devin Warner were among the approximately 170 top rising sophomores and juniors in the country selected to play in the invite-only showcase.
The showcase features two days of drills and games. According to Perfect Game, many colleges and major league teams have at least one person stay and evaluate for the entirety of both events as they are guaranteed to see the top talent in the country. This invitation-only event is important in determining the ranking of underclassmen and is full of future first-round picks, including 2010 top overall selection Bryce Harper, who participated in the 2008 Junior National Showcase.
All three Canes made impressions during the showcase. Seigler was on several rankings for the pro-style workouts. He had the third-best catcher velo at 82 miles per hour, the fourth-best pop time at 1.82 seconds, the 21st-best infield velo at 86 miles per hour and the 32nd-best exit velo off the bat at 89 miles per hour.
He also pitched and hit well in the games. Matt Czechanski wrote for Perfect Game about Seigler, he “is a switch hitter that impressed by hitting for power from both sides. Athletic swing that worked well from both sides with consistent drive and jump off the barrel. Good bat speed with replicated leverage and torque, overall impressive round.”
Perfect Game also wrote about Seigler’s pitching: “Both handed pitcher, and pitched an inning from each side. Showed the same velocity from both sides up to 87 mph. Good changeup as well and looked smooth and repeatable.”
Warner also performed well in the workouts, registering the 38th best 60-yard dash time at 6.86 seconds.
Jake Gooch impressed at the event as well. The catcher was 17th at the showcase, checking in with a 76 miles per hour throw from his catcher position.
14U, 16U, 18U PG/EC All-Tourney
In the 14U tournament, Cartersville’s Josh Davis of the Georgia Jackets made the all-tournament team as he went 6-for-15 with a double, five RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Tee Webb, playing for Georgia Jackets National, went 4-for-8 with two doubles, a triple, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored.
In the 16U tournament, Adairsville’s Kyler Pelfrey made the all-tournament team as a pitcher, the only Bartow County high school player to do so. He threw six innings, allowing no runs on three hits with six strikeouts for 9 Star Saints.
Cartersville’s Kolby Adans also made the 16U all-tournament team. He went 3-for-9 at the plate with two RBIs and a stolen base for the Doubleday Dodgers.
Cartersville’s Brant Smith made the cut as well, going 3-for-8 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored with two walks.
From Cass, catcher Nathan Smith went 4-for-11 with a walk, an RBI, a double and two stolen bases.
The lone Bartow high school player to make the 18U all-tournament team was Sam Seaman. Seaman went 5-for-12 during the event with a walk, a double, an RBI and a stolen base.