The Stars Are Beginning To Align On The Road To Wrigley
After a weekend of high-level competition in Mesa, Arizona at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, powered by Baseball Factory, the focus now shifts to the hallowed grounds of Wrigley Field for the Under Armour All-America Game on August 15th.
Based on outstanding performances during the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, players from around the country have been selected to take part in the Under Armour All-America Game, now in its eighth year of existence in the ‘Windy City’ of Chicago. In its truest form, the game is a celebration for the players as student-athletes and their determination to be the very best.
The game is a culmination of a four-day premier baseball experience that gives players the ultimate opportunity to workout in front of Major League Baseball scouts, while competing alongside tomorrow’s superstars in a major league environment.
Six of the first thirteen players selected to be Under Armour All-Americans participated in the Pre-Season Tournament this past MLK weekend and all are 2016 graduates.
“Being selected to the UA All-American game is a huge honor,” said left-handed pitcher, Graeme Stinson. “It has been one of my goals for the past couple years. My performance at the preseason tournament was just validation for all of the work I’ve put in for the past six months.”
The players were especially impressed with the Pre-Season Tournament, adding to the prestige of being selected as an Under Armour All-American.
“The Arizona event was first class and I’m very honored to be selected as an Under Armour All-American,” said third baseman, Carter Kieboom. “(I) can’t wait to play at Wrigley Field and very excited to showcase my talents. It’s another step in the right direction to where I envision my career going.”
For Bichette, Kieboom and Stinson in particular, it was their standout play on field that cemented their selection as 2015 Under Armour All-Americans.
Bo Bichette – SS/ 5’11, 200 – Lakewood High School, FL
Bo is the son of former major leaguer Dante Bichette, and joins his older brother, Dante, Jr. who previously participated in both the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament & Under Armour All-America Game. Bo is committed to Arizona State University.
At the Pre-Season Tournament, Bo displayed his great skill set. He’s an instinctual hitter with a special move through the zone and a knack for hard contact.
Bichette’s raw power is off the charts and really stands out from right center around to the left field line. Defensively, he has it all; the hands, instincts and the arm strength to allow for defensive versatility on the infield.
Carter Kieboom – 3B/ 6’2, 180 – Walton High School, GA
Kieboom is committed to Clemson University, where his older brother Spencer also attended.
Carter is an athletic defender with quick feet and a strong arm. Offensively, he has a solid approach at the plate with strong, quick hands. He showed the ability to square up balls to all parts of the ballpark, like the triple he hit in the video above.
On the bases, he’s instinctual with a long and easy stride, and he has wheels, posting a 6.81 in the 60-yard dash.
Plain and simple, Kieboom is a quality, all-around player.
Graeme Stinson – LHP – 6’5, 245 – Norcross High School, GA
Graeme turned in arguably the most impressive mound outing of the event. From a low three-quarters arm angle, he topped at 94 mph, working between 88 and 92 with his fastball. He showed feel for both his breaking ball and change-up as well. Through three controlled innings of work, he struck out 10 of the 15 batters he faced.
Three more players were introduced to the crowd during the Opening Ceremony as selections for the Under Armour All-America Game including: Garrett Gooden, a right-handed pitcher and Georgia Tech commit, Blake Rutherford an outfielder and UCLA commit and Alex Speas, a right-handed pitcher who’s arsenal projects top-of-the-rotation.
For these six players, the Road to Wrigley begins now.
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