The summer (showcase season) comes to an end

As the calendar moves ever so closer to September, the summer showcase season has now come to an end. The top high school talent for the 2014 Draft will go back home, by and large,  and prepare for fall seasons (or football, if they play it), perhaps with an eye towards Perfect Game’s huge event in Jupiter, Florida, in October.

It was, for players and the scouts who wanted to see these prospects against good competition, a very long summer that took many kids from Minneapolis to Cary, North Carolina, to Syracuse, NY, to Long Beach, Calif., to San Diego and, finally, to Chicago.

Only one player made all six stops: Infielder Greg Deichmann from Brother Martin High School in Louisiana. But don’t think Deichmann is worn out. He told me this is just fueling him.

“I love to play baseball,” he told me recently, adding that he probably had gotten around 100 at-bats just travelling the circuit. “It can be tiring, but it’s been great.”

While Deichmann is the only one to go six-for-six, a number of future draftees went to five events. Some were West Coasters, who weren’t eligible for the East Coast Pro Showcase, for instance. But here are the guys who were among the busiest this summer:

First Last City State # of events
Gregory Deichmann Metairie LA 6
Stone Garrett Sugar Land TX 5
Joe Gatto Hammonton NJ 5
Foster Griffin Orlando FL 5
Monte’ Harrison Lee’s Summit MO 5
Michael Kopech Mount Pleasant TX 5
David Peterson Denver CO 5
Touki Toussaint Coral Springs FL 5
Chase Vallot Youngsville LA 5
Marcus Wilson Los Angeles CA 5
Dylan Cease Milton GA 4
Darius Day Chicago IL 4
Luke Dykstra Thousand Oaks CA 4
Jacob Gatewood Visalia CA 4
Michael Gettys Gainesville GA 4
Nicholas Gordon Windermere FL 4
Grant Hockin Pomona CA 4
Grant Holmes Conway SC 4
Alex Jackson Escondido CA 4
Alex Lange Lee’s Summit MO 4
Micah Miniard Danville KY 4
Willie Rios Waterford CT 4
Carson Sands Tallahassee FL 4
Cameron Varga Loveland OH 4
Alex Verdugo Tucson AZ 4


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