OTTAWA- Junior National Team shortstop Cesar Valero (Calgary, AB) was among the names recently named to the 11thannual Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game that will take place on Friday, July 20that Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, annually brings together the top 40 high school players in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to play at iconic Wrigley Field in an American vs National game.
Valero is set to become the 13thCanadian to participate in the game joining Jake Eliopoulos (2008), Kellin Deglan (2009), Evan Rutckyj (2009), Skylar Janisse (2010), Ryan Kellogg (2011), Gareth Morgan (2011), Josh Naylor and Demi Orimoloye (2014), Andy Yerzy (2015), Adam Hall (2016) and Denzel Clarke and Noah Naylor (2017). All are graduates of Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team program.
The Under Armour All-America game is part of the three-day event, providing players with a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience. During the week, athletes will participate in a formal workout in front of Major League Baseball scouts, and participate in a home run derby.
Since the game’s inception in 2008, 318 of the 361 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, have been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 98 first-round picks. That includes Canadians Kellin Deglan (Texas, 2010), Josh Naylor (Miami, 2015) and Noah Naylor (Cleveland, 2018).
Valero joined the Junior National Team program in October 2017 for the annual Fall Instructional League Camp and has participated in three subsequent camps with the program including the Dominican Summer League tour in May.
He is eligible for the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and is verbally committed to Oregon State University for the 2020 season.
For more information on the 2018 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, please visit baseballfactory.com/AllAmerica.
Photo: Amanda Fewer