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Would like opinions on the value of the different PG events.  My 2019 is scheduled to play several PG events this summer (listed below) but I'm wondering how valuable these events are in terms of exposure.  Is he better off doing a showcase or will these events generate interest in him from coaches?  Generally speaking he wants to play his college ball in the state of Texas so playing at Tx State, U of Houston, TCU and Sam Houston (plus a non-PG Baylor event) seems to make sense to me but are these events really bringing coaches and scouts out?  Are the same coaches going  to be at these events or is it going to be a different group of coaches at each?  I would assume he needs to reach out to the coaches prior to the event to express interest in these programs, right?  What else?

2016 PGBA 16U Texas State & Texas Lutheran

2016 PGBA 16U Sam Houston State Challenge

2016 PGBA 16U Houston College Classic

2016 PGBA 16U DFW College Classic

Thanks!

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I love PG...son attended several, but 1-2 Texas event would suffice. Son attended 1 @ Baylor summer of freshman year. That opened doors to WWBA in Fla that fall & other PG showcase events, including National's.

Most, if not all the Texas Univ/College Coaches have good relationships with PG...and word about a player travels fast. Check to make sure the events you listed do not conflict with events in Fla & Arizona, or if specific Coaches are attending which events...There is also an underclass showcase at The Ball Fields of Craig Ranch, McKinney Tx. in Aug. 

Edit...

Just went to PG site & found this page, which will clarify some of your questions. If you don;t find what you need, just call & ask...They're great folks!

http://www.perfectgame.org/faq.aspx#Showcases

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I have a 2017 grad and I would say from experience around Southern California (which I presume is similar for other areas with tons of talent like Texas and Florida) that it is more important for the younger players to focus more on getting on a strong travel ball team during the Summer after Freshman year than worrying about showcases to college coaches. The real benefit that Summer after Freshman year is to confirm whether or not the player can legitimately play at a Varsity level in his Sophomore season.  The best way to determine that is to play at a tough level of competition on a travel ball team good enough to get invited and play in the top competitions over the course of Summer.  You can sort through a lot of the PG events to see which teams do well from Texas and that will tell you where the scouts go to watch games.

At least in SoCal, the only Sophomores who are already being noticed and recruited by colleges are those that play Varsity on the elite high school teams or the top area travel ball teams.  The PG events and other showcases are good to let the player compare himself to other players at his level, but I doubt many kids get noticed as Sophomores on 16U teams unless they are already on top level travel or high school teams.

If your son is already signed on to a strong travel ball team or plays at a ranked HS program, he is already a long way toward having the opportunity to get noticed by college coaches.  If not, he is not alone and just needs to keep working at playing at the highest level possible and focus on his grades to be in the best position possible to get noticed when he is a Junior or even as Senior.

Good luck...the adventure is just beginning for your 2019.

All one has to do is look at my 2016s PG profile to know that our family has extensive experience with PG events.  Been to almost every event in TX from PG Super 25, South Texas Qualifier, etc. and most of them multiple times.  About 20 events in total.

I never found the on campus events to be that great of exposure to anyone other than that school.  I did see the UT RC at a TX State event because they were recruiting son's team's CF really hard at that point.  Also saw the TCU PC at A&M once when they were battling over a kid who ultimately signed with the Marlins.  Not saying there weren't more but I don't recall seeing them.

Seems crazy to say this but from our experience it seems the best 3 events for exposure to TX coaches aren't even in TX.  I even joked with my son's future college about that fact and he agreed.  They would be the PG Underclass in the fall in Ft Myers, the WWBA in Atlanta in the summer, and Jupiter.  My son and most of his teammates (10 or 11 D1 guys last summer) were all almost seen initially at one of those 3 events by their TX schools.  They might have had a PG showcase and some initial interest but the coaches went there when it was decision time.

free=good posted:

Would like opinions on the value of the different PG events.  My 2019 is scheduled to play several PG events this summer (listed below) but I'm wondering how valuable these events are in terms of exposure.  Is he better off doing a showcase or will these events generate interest in him from coaches?  Generally speaking he wants to play his college ball in the state of Texas so playing at Tx State, U of Houston, TCU and Sam Houston (plus a non-PG Baylor event) seems to make sense to me but are these events really bringing coaches and scouts out?  Are the same coaches going  to be at these events or is it going to be a different group of coaches at each?  I would assume he needs to reach out to the coaches prior to the event to express interest in these programs, right?  What else?

2016 PGBA 16U Texas State & Texas Lutheran

2016 PGBA 16U Sam Houston State Challenge

2016 PGBA 16U Houston College Classic

2016 PGBA 16U DFW College Classic

Thanks!

Independent of the specific PG showcases you mention, can you describe your player?  Position, size, any pitching velocities measured?

It would be easier for our members to chime in... Thanks.

Gov posted:
free=good posted:

Would like opinions on the value of the different PG events.  My 2019 is scheduled to play several PG events this summer (listed below) but I'm wondering how valuable these events are in terms of exposure.  Is he better off doing a showcase or will these events generate interest in him from coaches?  Generally speaking he wants to play his college ball in the state of Texas so playing at Tx State, U of Houston, TCU and Sam Houston (plus a non-PG Baylor event) seems to make sense to me but are these events really bringing coaches and scouts out?  Are the same coaches going  to be at these events or is it going to be a different group of coaches at each?  I would assume he needs to reach out to the coaches prior to the event to express interest in these programs, right?  What else?

2016 PGBA 16U Texas State & Texas Lutheran

2016 PGBA 16U Sam Houston State Challenge

2016 PGBA 16U Houston College Classic

2016 PGBA 16U DFW College Classic

Thanks!

Independent of the specific PG showcases you mention, can you describe your player?  Position, size, any pitching velocities measured?

It would be easier for our members to chime in... Thanks.

 

Thanks for the replies so far...keep em coming!

My son is 6'1" 165lbs, plays SS primarily.  He pitches as well but the last time he was clocked was last summer at the PG 14U BCS in Ft Myers (he was all-tournament team the last 2 years) where his FB was 79mph.  His coaches are saying he's sitting 84-85 now but with no radar to back it up who knows.  60yd was 6.9-7.0 range as of 6 months ago and he's done some speed work since then so I'm confident he's no worse than a consistent 6.9, probably a tick quicker.  He also plays QB (and the football coaches love him) but he doesn't love football like he loves baseball.  Good student, A's and B's, but realistically probably not a Stanford type or academic scholarship candidate.  Hope it helps...let me know if you need more or have questions.

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