If you are top ranked high school baseball player with Major League Baseball draft potential, you are in Lakeland, FL August 1-4 for the annual East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase. It is an honor once again to be on the road with Atlanta's Own Mendez Elder. Mendez is a four-year L.E.A.D. Ambassador and a senior at Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, GA.
Day 1 has been very relaxed. He checked in at the Detroit Tigers Spring Training Complex and received his Houston Astros uniform and equipment followed by dinner and symposium. Tomorrow will include batting practice and a 3:30PM game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Scout Team.
There will be over 500 NCAA and Major League Baseball scouts at this event that showcases the top high school baseball players east of the Mississippi River. I have been fortunate over the years to have several of my clients at Diamond Directors here including 2008 1st pick overall selection Tim Beckham (Tampa Rays), Kyle Parker, 1st Round, Colorado Rockies; Charlie Culberson, 1st Round, San Francisco Giants; Xavier Avery, 2nd Round, Baltimore Orioles; Jay Austin, 2nd Round, Houston Astros; Telvin Nash, 3rd Round, Houston Astros to name a few.
Mendez is a special talent and should walk away from this showcase with several more scholarship offers. He currently has offers from Alcorn State University and Savannah State University to name a couple. He is fast twitch right hand hitter with a above average throwing arm from the catching position and the outfield.
He earned the right to attend this invitation only showcase after an outstanding showing at the Perfect Game National Showcase in Fort Myers in July. In preparation for this showcase, we trained at my Diamond Directors Training Facility helping him to repeat his swing with efficiency. He also maintained his strength at Rapid Performance.
There are so many people that have helped Mendez along the way as he achieves his dream of playing college baseball and it is an honor for me to be a part of his journey. Click here to learn more about the East Coast Professional Showcase. Baseball is alive in the inner city of Atlanta. Among other things, Mendez's continued success is putting Atlanta Public School baseball back on the map.