WHARTON, NJ — DJ Jones (OF from Gulf Shores High School) was officially selected today to play in the 2007 All-American Baseball Game presented by PlayStation. Jones is one of the top ranked high school baseball players in Alabama according to …
WHARTON, NJ — DJ Jones (OF from Gulf Shores High School) was officially selected today to play in the 2007 All-American Baseball Game presented by PlayStation. Jones is one of the top ranked high school baseball players in Alabama according to Baseball America and is one of four players from Alabama to be selected to play in the national East versus West all-star contest. Played annually at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the All-American Baseball Game presented by PlayStation highlights the nation’s most anticipated prep baseball prospects, many of which will be selected in the first three rounds of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The game will be played on Monday, June 4, 2007.
Jones, who is verbally committed to play at Auburn next year, is the third player from Alabama to be selected to play in this year’s All-American Baseball Game. He was presented his official game jersey during a special selection ceremony today at Gulf Shores High School before his teammates, family, and select members of his student body.
“We are excited to see this fine young man representing his school and community as a Baseball All-American,” said John Schmid, Director of Player Personnel for the All-American Baseball Game. “Our goal is to provide the country’s future baseball generations with a national platform to showcase their athletic excellence. SportsLink recognizes the value of individual talents contributing to the achievement of team goals and DJ’s talents will make him a strong addition to this game. It will be exciting to see where he ends up on draft day.”
The outfielder from Gulf Shores High School will arrive in Albuquerque on June 2nd to take part in a variety of events designed to celebrate his achievements as a high school student athlete. During the All-American weekend, athletes will take part in a ‘skills day’ which includes a homerun derby, fastest to first contest, and a variety of other competitions. On the eve of the game, the All-Americans will attend the All-American Baseball Game Awards Banquet where the PlayStation National Player of the Year Award will be given out to America’s most outstanding high school baseball player.
The All-American Baseball Game presented by PlayStation has produced four unforgettable contests that have featured numerous MLB 1st round draft picks. All-American Baseball Game Alumni are represented in many of Major League Baseball’s organizations as well as in college baseball’s top programs. The All-American Baseball Game has already seen the top picks play for teams like the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and Seattle Mariners. Among the game’s alumni are several first round MLB draft choices, including Lastings Milledge (OF) of the New York Mets, Blake DeWitt (SS) of the Los Angles Dodgers, and Eric Duncan (1B) and CJ Henry (OF) of the New York Yankees. In 2004, alumnus Mike Rozier (P) signed with the Boston Red Sox, earning him the 2nd highest signing bonus in club history. 2003 alumnus, Andrew Miller (P), went on to become Baseball America's College Player of the Year at the University of North Carolina and was drafted 6th overall by Detroit Tigers in 2006 draft. Since its creation four years ago, the All-American Baseball Game has featured 18 MLB 1st round draft picks.
“Albuquerque is proud to be the home of the All-American Baseball Game. This being the fourth year of the event in Albuquerque, we know it brings broad media exposure to our city all across the country. We look forward to welcoming the outstanding high school players who will compete in the game as well as their families,” said Dale Lockett, President/CEO of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The All-American Baseball Game presented by PlayStation is the nation’s predominant national high school baseball all-star game. Created by SportsLink, producer of the esteemed U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the All-American Baseball Game features the nation’s top 40 prep baseball players across the nation in a classic East versus West showdown. The game will be broadcast live to a national audience on Monday, June 4, 2007 on the Fox Sports Network. For additional information about the All-American Baseball Game or U.S. Army All-American Bowl, visit www.allamericangames.com.