THREE PLAYERS ADDED TO 2014 UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA BASEBALL GAME FINAL ROSTER
Kyler Murray of Allen, TX; Demi Orimoloye of Ontario, Canada; and Nick Plummer of Lathrup Village, MI to Showcase Their Talents on August 16 at Wrigley Field in Chicago
Baltimore, Md. – Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) the Baltimore, MD-based leader in sports performance apparel, footwear and equipment, today announced three players have been added to the final roster for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, including infielder Kyler Murray (Allen High School), outfielder Demi Orimoloye (St. Matthew High School) and outfielder Nick Plummer (Brother Rice High School). The seventh-annual high school showcase will be played at historic Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 16 at 6:05 p.m. CST, featuring 40 of the best high school players in the country. The game will air nationally on Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. CST on MLB Network.
"Our network of scouts never stops evaluating players and after a close review we felt it necessary to name these three talented athletes as Under Armour All-Americans," said Steve Bernhardt, Executive VP at Baseball Factory and the Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee. "Kyler, Nick and Demi are exciting prospects with high ceilings and we can't wait to see them showcase their ability on a national stage this weekend at Wrigley Field."
Murray becomes the first player to be selected for both the Under Armour All-America Baseball and the Under Armour All-America Football games. He is best known as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country, and has led Allen High School to two straight Texas 5A state titles. In last year’s 16-0 season, he threw for 3,248 yards and 40 TDs while also rushing for 1,230 yards and 17 TDs. Murray’s talents on the baseball diamond are just as impressive. His plus speed, overall athleticism and ability with the bat allow him to impact the game each time he steps on the field. He also flashed useable power last spring and the consensus is that he has an extremely high ceiling in baseball once he concentrates more on the sport. His father played professional baseball and was an All-America QB in college, while his uncle played several MLB seasons, so the bloodlines are also there. The future is bright for Murray who is arguably to top all-around athlete for all sports in the entire 2015 class. He is committed to Texas A&M.
Orimoloye is a rare combination of power and speed on an extra-large frame. His right-handed stroke is still a bit raw, but he has a knack for squaring up balls in game situations and the ball comes off his bat with authority. He has outstanding raw power and frequently drives balls out of the park to right-center field. He is a plus runner who can play centerfield, but also has plenty of arm for right field. Having only played baseball seriously for a few years, Orimoloye is still fairly “new” to the sport and is advancing at a rapid rate. His tools, body and aptitude give him one of the highest ceilings in the 2015 class.
Plummer is one of the top hitters in the country. His strong frame produces a well-coordinated swing that leads to consistent hard contact. He can drive balls to all parts of the park and shows the ability to have his raw power play in games in the way of home runs. He has no problem catching up to velocity and his pitch recognition and plate discipline are both advanced. This is a complete hitter who is also capable of using his speed and instincts to patrol center field defensively, though his bat will play anywhere. Plummer has proven himself as one of the top 2015 outfield prospects in a class loaded at that position.
The players will experience four days of festivities that begin on Wednesday, August 13 and culminate with the game on Saturday, August 16. This will mark the first time the annual summer showcase will be played under the lights at Wrigley Field, creating the ultimate Major League experience for the players and their fans. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 185 of the 208 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 51 first round picks.
The National team, managed by Major League veteran and MLB Network Analyst Sean Casey will play host to returning American team manager and MLB Network Emmy-nominated analyst, Bill Ripken. To view the complete roster for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, powered by baseball factory, please visit: www.baseballfactory.com/allamerica/2014.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. Under Armour's wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world's largest Connected Fitness communities. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.uabiz.com.
About Baseball Factory, Inc.
Baseball Factory has developed programs to provide players with world-class instruction and life-changing experiences, which when combined, lead to future success both on and off the field. Baseball Factory holds over 600 events nationwide each year in over 40 states and 100 cities. We pride ourselves on giving families an unbiased assessment of where they stand against other players nationwide. Baseball Factory events have featured more than 350 players who have played or are currently playing in the Majors and over 50,000 players have gone on to play at the college level. 99% of Division I, 70% of Division II and 60% of Division III programs have at least one Baseball Factory alumnus on their roster. Learn more at www.baseballfactory.com.
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