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THE 2012 UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA BASEBALL GAME RETURNS TO WRIGLEY FIELD ON AUGUST 18TH
Final Roster of Top High School Baseball Players Will Be Showcased Live on MLB Network
Baltimore, MD – Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) the Baltimore, MD-based leader in sports performance apparel, footwear and accessories, today announced that the 2012 Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 18. This will mark the fifth year of the Under Armour All-America Game. The game will air live nationally on MLB Network and will showcase 36 of the best high school players, competing in an American vs. National team match-up. The players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts.
The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game is the culmination of a four-day baseball celebration, including a formal workout for Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts and a homerun derby.
“For five consecutive years, Under Armour has proudly supported the world’s most elite high school baseball players at the Under Armour All-America Game,” said Matt Mirchin, Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “The brand is committed to making all athletes better and providing the next generation of exceptional baseball athletes with the platform and resources to evolve their talents, learn from some of baseball’s greatest pros, play at a historic venue like Wrigley Field and maximize their talent.”
“Baseball Factory is excited to join Under Armour for the fifth straight year in what has become the premier high school baseball game in the nation,’’ said Steve Sclafani, CEO and Founder, Baseball Factory. “With over 500 events worldwide, our scouts see thousands of high school players before selecting the best to play at Wrigley Field in the Under Armour All-America Game. For these rising young stars, playing at Wrigley Field and across the country on MLB Network is an opportunity for exposure on the national level that’s once-in-a-lifetime. As evident over the last five years, many of these talented players will go on to be selected in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and we are excited to provide such a great opportunity again this year.”
While the roster for this year’s game is not finalized, the following players have been selected by Baseball Factory and have committed to participate in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game:
Willie Abreu – OF, 6-2, 185, Mater Academy, FL
Trey Ball – LHP/OF, 6-6, 170, New Castle High School, IN
Zack Collins – C/1B, 6-2, 210, American Heritage High School, FL
Thomas Hatch – RHP, 6-1, 205, Jenks High School, OK
Jeremy Martinez – C, 5-11, 195, Mater Dei High School, CA
Terry McClure – OF, 6-2, 185, Westlake High School, GA
Oscar Mercado – SS, 6-1, 170, Gaither High School, FL
Corey Ray – OF, 6-0, 175, Simeon High School, IL
Chris Rivera – SS, 6-0, 175, El Dorado High School, CA
Justin Williams – 3B/OF, 6-2, 205, Terrebonne High School, LA
Over the past three years, 91 of the 108 players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 20 first round picks. Top players that went on to sign professional contracts include Bubba Starling (2011 No.5 Overall Pick, Kansas City Royals); Brandon Nimmo (2011 No.13 Overall Pick, New York Mets); Brian Goodwin (2011 No.34 Overall Pick, Washington Nationals); Jacob Anderson (2011 No.35 Overall Pick, Toronto Blue Jays); Dante Bichette, Jr., (2011 No.51 Overall Pick, New York Yankees); Hudson Boyd (2011 No.55 Overall Pick, Minnesota Twins); Jameson Taillon (2010 No.2 Overall Pick, Pittsburgh Pirates); Kellin Deglan (2010 No.22 Overall Pick, Texas Rangers); Donovan Tate (2009 No.3 Overall Pick, San Diego Padres); Zachary Wheeler (2009 No.6 Overall Pick, San Francisco Giants); Jacob Turner (2009 No.9 Overall Pick, Detroit Tigers) and Tyler Matzek (2009 No.11 Overall Pick, Colorado Rockies).
For more information on the 2012 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, please visit www.baseballfactory.com/allamerica/2012.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.UA.com.
About Baseball Factory, Inc.
Baseball Factory provides baseball players nationwide with the very best instruction, tournament competition, and college planning and guidance. Baseball Factory has developed programs to provide players, parents, high school coaches, college coaches, and professional scouts with year round advice and training so that they all can benefit from Baseball Factory's longstanding relationships in the baseball community. Baseball Factory acquired Team One Baseball in 2004. Team One Baseball provides exposure opportunities for the nation’s top high school players to come together and play in front of large amounts of scouts and college recruiters through the company’s showcase events. Together, Baseball Factory and Team One events have featured more than 270 players who have played or are currently playing in the Majors.
About MLB Network
MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in approximately 68 million cable, telco TV and satellite homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.
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