August 13, 2017
Petco Park, San Diego CA
The Perfect Game All-American Classic is an annual all-star game showcasing the top rising high school senior baseball players in the country, who are selected by the world’s largest scouting report service, Perfect Game. This East vs. West matchup is played the summer before their senior year in high school. Each year, a former MLB player is selected to serve as the Honorary Chairman to help raise awareness for the Classic and its charitable cause towards the research and treatment of cancer. This Chairman also serves as a role model to the selected All-Americans by sharing insight with the players about his MLB career and life experiences.
The Perfect Game All-American Classic showcases our nation’s very best high school players—those who possess outstanding athletic ability, discipline, determination, and superior work ethic. All-American Classic alumni have had a significant presence in Major League Baseball’s first-year player drafts. Since the game’s inception in 2003, 149 alumni have been selected in the first round, as well as seven No. 1 overall selections which includes Justin Upton (2005, Arizona), Bryce Harper (2010, Washington), Gerrit Cole (2011, Pittsburgh), Carlos Correa (2012, Houston), and Brady Aiken (2014, Houston). Sixteen All-Americans were taken in the first round of the 2014 draft, including 15 from last year’s game. There are already over 84 former Classic All-Americans that have appeared in the Major Leagues and that number continues to grow fast.
The All-American Classic is a special week-long event for the selected All-American players. The players participate in sightseeing around the host city, as well as practices and scrimmages at a local university in preparation for the culmination of game week festivities, the nationally televised game on MLB Network. As a part of game week, the players visit the beneficiary hospital to see the importance of the game’s philanthropic focus. During their visit, they tour the hospital, visit with the patients and learn how the donation raised by the Classic will aid the hospital.
For the sixth year in a row, Classic was played at PETCO Park, the home of MLB’s San Diego Padres, and the beneficiary of the game was Rady Children’s Hospital.Official Website