Some of the country’s top minority prep baseball prospects will arrive in Mobile this weekend to take part in the Mike Sanders Minority Baseball Prospects All-American Game at Hank Aaron Stadium on Saturday. Gates will open at noon and the game will begin at 1 p.m.
All state and national COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including social distancing in regards to seating.
The prospects, many who have already committed or signed with college programs, will be divided into two teams for a one-game showcase that will give area baseball fans an opportunity to watch some of the better prep baseball players in the country in one place. The game, sponsored by the Mobile Sports & Entertainment Group, is expected to attract a large number of college and pro scouts.
The annual game recognizes and showcases many of the top minority high school prospects from across the country and is aimed at also paving the way toward educating the participants on the professional business of baseball both on and off the field.
“We are happy to bring this event to historic Hank Aaron Stadium and our community,’’ said Kevin Grimes, MSEG vice president for baseball operations, said. “This game will showcase the very top of the class in minority high school baseball players and we feel Hank Aaron Stadium is the perfect place to hold this event.
“Almost all of the players coming to Mobile have committed to play at the next level. There are guys committed to some of the top college baseball programs in the country — Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Michigan, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, to name a few. There will be some very talented players at The Hank this Saturday.”
Minority Baseball Prospects founder and CEO Alexander Wyche said, “With the history of Hank Aaron Stadium and the Mobile community, this was our first option to bring some of the top minority baseball players from all around the country and show that minority baseball prospects play baseball at a very high level, and encourage kids from around the world to continue to follow in Hank Aaron’s footsteps of playing baseball.”
Former Major League Players and some of the top high school baseball coaches in the country will coach the game, providing leadership and mentorship to the young athletes participating.
Each inning will be used to honor different names in the history of the sport of baseball, paying homage to those who have laid the groundwork and paved the way for young men to have opportunities as minority players in the sport of baseball.
In addition to the game itself, there will be a home run derby and a free youth clinic on Sunday, Nov. 22. The home run derby will start at 8 a.m. and the free instructional clinic will run from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for ages 7–14.
For further information, contact Kevin Grimes at 251-402-0634.
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