Inaugural MLB Draft Combine Takes a Swing in Cary

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National Training Complex in Cary
National Training Complex in Cary / Photo courtesy of USA Baseball

Take me out to the ball game. For the first time ever, Major League Baseball (MLB) and Gatorade will be hosting a Draft Combine, featuring both high school and college baseball players. Over 100 players have been hand-picked to attend the event based on their potential for the big leagues, 88 of which are only in high school. What does this mean for the Triangle? It will be taking place at Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex and at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh from June 21-28. Let’s play ball!

Take me out to the crowd. From June 22-26 purchase a $10 day pass at the USA Baseball National Training Complex ticket office. On these days see the top high schoolers slug it out in a showcase tournament made up of eight games. Go on Friday the 25th from 1-6pm when the MLB Network will air the Combine live. During this time all athletes will be completing medical and performance assessments, along with a pro-style showcase workout. Watch favorite announcers like Greg Amsinger, Bill Ripken, and Sarah Langs break down the skills, techniques, and natural abilities that make these young players so phenomenal. Medical and performance assessments will also be taking place on the 24th.

Let me root, root, root for the home team. With athletes coming from all over the country, a home team may be hard to determine. Unsure who to root for? Perhaps All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner Torii Hunter. If the Atlanta Braves are your home team, cheer for Fred McGriff, five-time All-Star and 1995 World Series champion. Brad Penny, two-time All-Star and 2003 World Series champion, will also be in attendance during the Combine, and many more baseball legends. That sounds like a home run to me!


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