Ensenada, Baja California.- Some 45 prospects -20 of them pitchers- from Mexico, the United States and Venezuela showed their skills before scouts from different Major League Baseball organizations.
The showcase organized by the Ensenada Elite Academy was held at the Alberto Mancilla Ponce field in Valle Verde, whose “diamond” was “invaded” by representatives of the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and Chicago Cubs.
As well as Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamonds, Boston Red Sox.
Also present were the Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels.
Students from Éxodo Gym, Academia González, Academia Balderas and Carlos Elizalde Baseball Academy from Tamaulipas, Guzmán Baseball Academy from Puebla, Pride Baseball Academy from Ciudad Obregón and the hosts, showed themselves to the “talent hunters”.
Mitsunori Pérez Hirata, general director of the A1 Elite Academy, assured that he was “very happy with the response of the Major League organizations that approached and that gives us the assurance that in 2023 we can call one or two more showcases.”
“Now we feel obligated to continue working hard so that the boys improve, gain experience and come ready for the next one, without nerves and, if they want to be in the ‘big show’, get used to the pressure of being in front of the fans and cameras, which will be part of his life and that will allow us to move forward,” he said.
The coordinator of the exhibition, in which players who would be eligible in the 2022 to 2025 drafts were presented, added that, “this type of event helps us to take stock and know what we must change and what adjustments to make.”