by Dave Delgado
Guam - The Guam Amateur Baseball Association, Guam Baseball Academy and the Strike Zone Training Center recently held the 2012 Prep Baseball Showcase at the Okkodo Baseball field. The event gave players ages 18 and under a chance to get a feel for what college/pro assessments are like along with the coaching on fundamentals, game preparation, practice stunts and training programs.
Justin Bennett with Guam Amateur Baseball told KUAM Sports, "What we are doing is giving the kids, high school age 18 and under an idea of what an assessment of what you might need to play college or pro baseball. In the states this is common, all high schools have scouts coming out and here on Guam we don't have the exposure. So what we are trying to do is open it up and give them more exposure and more opportunities to play and give them an idea of what they need to do to get to the next level. Play more and give them more coaching and an idea to play college ball, pro ball and then we can go from there and bring pro scouts out later in 2013 and hopefully get some of our kids scouted and looked at. We have some good kids here that have shown a lot of skills so it's a start for bigger thing next year."
Those who attended the showcase were put through several tests to evaluate their skills in different positions and mechanics. The main goal of the event is to identify each player's strengths and weaknesses and help them get better as they pursue baseball at the next level.
Strike Zone's Bill Bennett added, "With hopes of these kids joining the Academy program and working through the years to come and months to come to get better and allow the boys to participate in other showcase events and tryout events here in Asia. Where we can help them further their education and their playing ability to the upper levels of baseball and maybe even get them into college where they can get an education and also play baseball. The showcase event is broken down and it's a full day event with 10-assessment areas related to baseball and the kids are put through al the assessments and then rated. We will sit down later in the next few weeks with each boy and discuss their abilities and their strengths and which areas they have to work on and then the academy will set up programs and training sessions to help them get better."