Adam Williams, head baseball coach for the Colonels, said the showcase is June 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the school baseball field.
The underclassmen event, which is being put on by the Georgia Baseball Coaches’ Association (Georgia Dugout Club), is one of the most popular high school baseball showcases in the country, attracting more than 100 college and pro scouts on an annual basis.
“Players get a pro workout and get to play some games and get some at bats and pitch,” Williams said.
He said the showcase is special because participants will receive an evaluation of their baseball skills through the Dugout Club that they may then send to colleges they are interested in attending. The best ballplayers will be selected for a statewide showcase event in Atlanta in late June.
“This gives local kids an opportunity to be seen and their baseball skills evaluated,” Williams said. “Hopefully this can help them further their skills and improve baseball in Bartow County.”
Since 2003, the Georgia Underclassman has had hundreds of high school rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders participate who went on to play college or pro baseball.
Williams said Cass players frequently compete at the event.
“We’ve had a good turnout from kids in our program through the years,” Williams said, “and they’ve used it to take a step toward attending college.”
He said the Cass showcase could draw “anywhere from 60 to 100 youngsters.
“They will be coming to Cass High from all over northwest Georgia, anywhere from Cobb County to Catoosa County.”
Youths interested in participating are asked to go to the website, georgiadugoutclub.org, and click on the baseball tab. Once there, find the Georgia Underclassmen Top 100 tab and click on Top 100 Registration and fill it out.
Williams said youths who do well in the showcase and are selected for the final tournament will get to play just a week before the Perfect Game tournament is held.
“All the scouts are in town for the Perfect Game tournament and a lot of them are around a little early to watch the Top 100 Underclassmen play,” he said. “These youngsters will be seen by quite a lot of scouts and coaches.”
The most notable Top 100 alumni include Timothy Beckham of Griffin, 2008 No. 1 draft pick; Buster Posey of Lee County, 2010 National League Rookie of the Year; Clint Frazier of Loganville, 2013 No. 5 draft pick; and Austin Meadows of Grayson, 2013 No. 9 draft pick.
The Georgia Underlassman Scout Committee, which consists of pro scouts and college coaches, will evaluate the performance of players at regional sites such as the Cass High event, one of 12 around the state.
The panel will select 100 upcoming seniors and 60 upcoming juniors and sophomores who will participate in a final event at Georgia Gwinnett College in late June.
Also, scouts will grade players who participate in the regionals and their data is posted and will include contact information, academic information/transcript, highlight video and season-by-season statistics and can be emailed to college coaches around the state the youths are interested in attending.