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PRO-DAY Fall Showcases will be held at four college baseball sites in September located in Arkansas, Missouri and near West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

High School prospects (Classes 2018-21) will play in games and go thru professional workouts while being evaluated by professional scouts and college coaches.

Since 1989, PRO-DAY has taught the game of baseball to players of all ages and in 2001 PRO-DAY started expanding into over 14-states with State, Regional & National Showcase events.

PRO-DAY has helped over thousand players receive scholarships to go off to college and sent over hundreds of players into professional baseball.

From last years World Champion Chicago Cubs Pitcher Travis Wood, who came to PRO-DAY as a freshman in high school to most recent Cleveland Indians "Top Prospect" Bobby Bradley, who also started with PRO-DAY as a freshman, a former PD All-American and Home Run Derby Champion, who was headed to LSU before signing with the Indians after being selected in the 3rd round of the Major League Baseball Player's Draft.

PRO-DAY's staff has over 100-years of experience in professional baseball either as a scout, coach or player led by PRO-DAY National Scouting Director Bill Earnhart, a Hall-of-Fame Scout and member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.

World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Scout Danny Watkins, has been scouting at PRO-DAY's events for over a decade.

"I've been to lots of showcases and workouts over the years, one things for sure PRO-DAY Baseball does it has good as any.

"PRO-DAY will give you a true evaluation and will follow your progress to help you have an opportunity to get to the next level,"said Watkins.

Former San Francisco Giants World Series Champion Scout Hugh Walker, who played for Gross in the Minor Leagues, echoed Watkins remarks in the past.

"If you want to have a chance to be seen by college coaches and scouts,"said Walker. "I encourage you to attend PRO-DAY."

The PRO-DAY Fall Showcase (Dates/Location - TBA) will be held on Saturdays in September.

To get signed up, contact PRO-DAY Baseball at 1-888-224-6150 or email: prodaybaseball@yahoo.com

PRO-DAY Baseball Camp set for June 26-27 in Woodville (MS)

WOODVILLE, MS – PRO-DAY Professional Baseball will conduct a Baseball Camp for players in grades 5-12 on June 26-27 at Wilkinson County Christian Academy, announced Jeff Gross, CEO of PRO-DAY.

Gross, has over 30-years experience in Professional Baseball as a Scout and as a college coach. He scouted with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs for several years, a former Minor League Baseball Club President and Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball, which has conducted Professional Baseball Camps since 1989, teaching the great game of baseball to players of all ages will be conducting the camp along with his staff.

“PRO-DAY Baseball is very excited to come to Woodville and the surrounding area to put on a baseball camp,” said Gross. “Players will get to take in lots of information in a short time from some outstanding instructors to take back home with them to improve in their game.”

Since 2001, PRO-DAY has conducted High School Showcases in over 14-Southeastern States to “Help Players Advance to the Next Level”, whether that would be professionally or collegiately.

Veteran Major League Scout Bill Earnhart, member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, a Hall-of-Fame Scout and former professional players will be working with campers in all areas of hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running during the Clinic.

Jack Cockrum, a catcher, who played professional baseball with Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League will be working with the campers. Jack had an outstanding collegiate baseball career at the University of West Alabama where he was an All-American.

Players in grades 5-8 will attend morning sessions on both days from 9 am - 12:00 noon and grades 9-12 afternoon camp session is from 1 pm - 4 pm daily. The two-day cost is $75 per camper with a $10 discount ($65) to each other household family member.

The camp registration is “Limited", so sign- up early by calling Wilkinson County Christian Academy Head Baseball Coach Mac Newcomb at (601) 248-1234.

Make checks payable to:
WCCA Baseball Camp

Send to:
Wilkinson County Christian Academy
Attn: WCCA Baseball Camp/
Coach Mac Newcomb
2420 Hwy 61 South
PO Box 977
Woodville, MS 39669

* Include Players Name, Grade, Age & Session they will attend.

Ralph Gross Memorial Baseball Camp set March 4th at Scrapper Dome in Nashville

NASHVILLE, AR -- PRO-DAY Baseball will host the Ralph Gross Memorial Baseball Camp on Saturday, March 4th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Scrapper Dome Indoor Facility on the campus of Nashville High School, announced Jeff Gross, Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball and son of the late Ralph Gross.

Player’s ages 8-15 years of age will learn hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running from former Texas Rangers/Chicago Cubs Scout during the three hour session.

Gross has worked in baseball on both the professional and minor league levels along with coaching college baseball at the University of Arkansas/Monticello and Pensacola Junior College.

Since he & his late brother (John) founded PRO-DAY Baseball in 1989, they have helped hundreds and hundreds of players advance into professional baseball and with thousands going on to receive scholarships to play college baseball.

Current/Recent Major League players he has been associated with includes: 9-time Gold Glove Winner Torii Hunter (Minnesota Twins), Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs), Justin Upton (Detroit Tigers), BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves), John Buck (Atlanta Braves), Stephen Drew (New York Yankees) & Billy Sadler (San Francisco Giants) to name a few.

"This is a great opportunity for baseball players of all ages to listen to a person who has been in baseball on all levels as a professional scout and a collegiate coach," said Kyle Slayton, head baseball coach at Nashville High. "The knowledge that they will receive in this short time is remarkable and the money that is raised goes to an outstanding cause."

The camp is named in memory of the former 1952 Nashville High graduate who was a five-star athlete in baseball, basketball, football, track and tennis. The money raised for this camp helps go to a student-athlete each year at Nashville High who plans to go off to college to continue their education while playing sports. The Ralph Gross Athletic Scholarship Award has been presented annually since 2003.

The cost of the camp is $50. Visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com to register, email prodaybaseball@yahoo.com or call: 1-888-224-6150 to reserve you a spot.

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Jack Cockrum signs Professional Contract in Frontier League

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Anything’s possible for Jack Cockrum even if it’s been a lifetime dream to play professional baseball – now which can come even “True”.

Cockrum’s dream became a reality when he signed a professional contract with the Schaumburg Boomers out of the Frontier League in Independent Professional Baseball.

Jack will join his new club tomorrow in Normal (IL) where Schaumburg is on the road for a three-game series against the Normal CornBelters.

The University of West Alabama standout and PRO-DAY “Prep Gear” High School All-American from East Ascension High in Gonzales (LA) just completed an outstanding collegiate career at UWA.

The four-year starting catcher had a .317 batting average, nine home runs, 20 doubles, three triples, 42 RBI’s, 49 runs scored, 117 total bases, while slugging .579 in 50 games.

Cockrum was hoping those numbers might be good enough to get drafted by a Major League Club after going to a “Special” Pre-Draft workout by the New York Mets. His number wasn’t called on Draft Day but that didn’t stop Jack there as he went to a Post-Draft workout held in Kennett (MO) by the Atlanta Braves.

“Jack was determined to get a chance to play in professional baseball and I could tell he was hungry at the Braves Camp,” said Jeff Gross of PRO-DAY Baseball. “We encouraged him to visit all the Independent Teams in Missouri/Illinois while he was there and to keep knocking on the doors until he knocked one down.

“His mother (Claudene) and he made plans to do just that and also it was a chance to see family in the St. Louis area,” said Gross. “Even though he didn’t sign with any club and he talked too many, he left them with very good impressions.”

Jack’s call finally came during the Frontier League All-Star Break as Schaumburg wanted Jack to meet the team in O’Fallon (MO) over the weekend and workout for them.

After driving all night, Jack blasted several home runs during the teams batting practice, caught pitchers in the bullpen and the next day offered him a professional contract.

“The feeling was one of relief and excitement,” said Cockrum, “I was relieved because all of my hard work and the countless hours or extra work and practice were paying off, but more importantly I was excited because my baseball career wasn’t over and all of my hard work and my families’ and friends’ support wouldn’t be for nothing.”

Playing since he was young and the sacrifices his family made to help him reach his dreams, Jack will always be appreciative, "I know the amount of extra time and effort and work that I put into the game, but I can’t fathom the time, energy, and many my parents put into it,” said Cockrum. “None of this would be possible without them and I can’t thank them enough.

He also said, “The University of West Alabama saw in me what many coaches did not and the facilities and staff at school gave me ample opportunity to better myself everyday which I did my best to take advantage of. I was able to start as a freshman, which wouldn’t have been possible at any other school and I benefitted greatly from the experience I garnered early in my career.”

Asking Jack what he thinks it will be like in his first game, “I honestly have no idea what it’s going to be like. I was nervous just to be with the team on a trial basis the last couple of days, I can’t imagine what it will be like in my first at-bats,” said Cockrum.

“I will have to do my best to slow the game down otherwise my adrenaline will get the best of me. The excitement and nervous feelings will have my adrenaline through the roof. I hope I can get through that nervous period quickly and get comfortable because that’s when I play my best,” he added.

Schaumburg returns home to host Evansville this coming weekend in a three-game series. The Boomers then travel to Sauget (IL) next Tuesday (July 26) to play the Gateway Grizzlies at GMC Stadium, where PRO-DAY has hosted several Missouri Regional Showcases over the years, which is located right outside of St. Louis.

Two Frontier League and Eastern Division titles were captured by Schaumburg in 2013-2014 since joining the League in 2012.

The Schaumburg Boomers hope to turn things around in the second-half of the season with their current fifth place standings and with a little help from Jack Cockrum any things possible.

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Young signs with Ouachita Baptist University

MAUMELLE, AR -- Abe Young of Maumelle (AR), a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher made it official over the weekend by signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Ouachita Baptist University for the 2016-2017 season.

Abe comes to OBU after just completing his Juco season at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff (MO) where he was a starting pitcher and later a closer for Coach Stacey Burkey’s Raiders.

“My experience playing at Three Rivers was a good one, we didn’t finish the way that we wanted too but it was a great experience,” said Young.

“I chose OBU over some others because they made me feel the most comfortable,” said Young. “Coach Hope and Coach Rountree were very cool about being patient with my decision and making sure I decided to do what I wanted, there was no pressure to commit to them in a certain time span which was huge for me.”

Young (6-2/210) is a former PRO-DAY Baseball standout where he just missed a Perfect Game and a No-hitter during an event after his playing career at Maumelle High School.

“Coach Jeff Gross does a great job getting guys to the next level and exposed to professional scouts and college coaches,” said Young. “I had a great experience pitching for PRO-DAY in an event after my senior year which brought some great opportunities for me.”

“PRO-DAY would like to congratulate Abe Young in advancing to the next level,” said Gross. ”It’s always good to see a member of the PRO-DAY Family to move-on. We only wish Abe the very best at OBU.”

Young had offers or interest from Augusta State University (GA), South Carolina-Beaufort, North Alabama, William Carey University (MS), Texas Wesleyan University and Mississippi College to name a few before signing with Ouachita Baptist University.

Abe hopes to improve on his 90+ mph fastball and his other pitches to go further past college, “The OBU program does a great job of getting guys moved to professional baseball, which has always been my dream,” said Young.

Ouachita Baptist University plays in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Great American Conference.

PRO-DAY Fall Baseball Games/Showcase Season Starts in September

PINE BLUFF, AR -- PRO-DAY Fall Baseball Season gets underway on weekends in September for players ages 13-18, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

Arkansas will be the first host state for PRO-DAY’s 1st Fall Showcase and Games to get underway in Pine Bluff (AR)on Saturday September 3rd where PRO-DAY was founded in 1989.

Other Host Sites will include Three Rivers Community College on Sept. 10 in Poplar Bluff (MO), on Sept. 17 in Memphis(TN) and Sept. 24 in Southaven (MS).

What is the PRO-DAY Fall Showcase/Games?

• Players will play in ballgames and go thru professional workouts/evaluations each Saturday during the month of September.

• Players are coached by Professional Scouts and Coaches in the games and on the field at each event. Players will play either in the 14U or 18U Age Division during the games.

• Players will receive their evaluation reports back to them at the end of the event that will go off to five colleges of the player’s choice along with information stored in our PRO-DAY Data Base so we can promote you throughout your high school career to college coaches and scouts.

• Players will receive 1-on-1 time with these Pro Scouts and Coaches to help improve your skills and hear hitting, pitching and scouting talks during the fall season.

• Players will hear Academic Talks and the requirements to get into colleges and what it takes to get to the next level after high school.

• Players will be video during the professional workouts.

• PRO-DAY Fall Showcase is “All” about “Helping Players Advance to the Next Level”.

“Players will sign-up to play in games and go thru a professional workout on weekends during the month of September on Saturday’s (Sunday due to inclement weather),”said Gross. “We are about giving each player the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of pro scouts and coaches that attend every event.

“Many events promote scouts in attendance are hopes of someone being there to see you which isn’t always the case,” said Gross. “All of our events are run by our staff that has been involved in professional baseball either as a player, coach or scout. Our staff has nearly 100-years of experience in professional baseball coaching and scouting talent.

“We are very proud of the hundreds of players from PRO-DAY that has went into professional baseball,” said Gross. “Although, we are even more proud of the hundreds and hundreds of players that went on to receive college scholarships and earned their degree.”

Since 2001, PRO-DAY has been based out of Orange Beach, Alabama and has expanded to hosting PRO-DAY State, Regional, National and World Showcases in over 14-southeastern states. Players have been to its’ World Showcase in Orange Beach (AL) as far away as Japan, Russia, Guam, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to name a few.

What Professional Scouts, Players and Coaches are saying about PRO-DAY?

“I want to invite you to be a part of PRO-DAY events. Jeff and his staff do a really good job teaching the fundamentals of the game of baseball. Go - Be a part of it!”

New York Yankees Coach Joe Espada

“Since 2004, I’ve worked as a Scout for the Boston Red Sox. In that time, I’ve seen many showcases around the country and I can tell you that PRO-DAY Baseball Showcases are as good as any of them. They take the time to learn your child’s name, they take the time to give you some instruction and I can only tell you that the value you will get from the PRO-DAY Showcases is as good as anyone out there. Take your time and do your homework, do some investigation, but I can promise you that PRO-DAY Showcases will be a great opportunity for your son to play and expose his talents to scouts and coaches across the country.”

Boston Red Sox Scout – Danny Watkins

“I’ve known Jeff and John (late brother)since we were neighbors growing up and I was playing Little League Baseball. If you want to get seen and get your name out there to college coaches and professional scouts, then you need to attend PRO-DAY Baseball.”

Former Major Leaguer and 9-time Gold Glove Winner – Torii Hunter

Players will sign-up according to their state and age level (14U/18U) unless already assigned by PRO-DAY Baseball when registering. Teams include the Arkansas Diamondbacks, Missouri Cardinals, Tennessee Giants and the Mississippi Braves.

Teams are "Limited" to approx. 12 players per team, Don't get left out - SIGN-UP TODAY!!!

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2016 PRO-DAY Missouri Showcase set for June 21 at Three Rivers CC in Poplar Bluff

POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- PRO-DAY Baseball will conduct their Missouri Regional Showcase for high school players on Tuesday, June 21st at Three Rivers Community College, announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

The Missouri Showcase is open for high school players in classes 2016-2020 and the event will be conducted by PRO-DAY Baseball and be evaluated by college coaches and professional scouts in "All" areas of hitting, fielding, pitching and running. The players will receive their evaluation reports back to them at the end of the showcase on how they performed with that information going off to three colleges of the players choice.

Since 1989, PRO-DAY Baseball has been teaching the game of baseball to players of all ages and in 2001 started hosting State, Regional, National and World Showcases across the United States to high school players to help them get drafted in professional baseball or help them to receive scholarships to go off to college.

Hundreds of players have went into professional baseball from attending PRO-DAY Baseball events with hundreds and hundreds of others receiving scholarships to go off to college that has saved families over $38.5 million in tuition cost/fees since PRO-DAY was founded.

"We always like to host an event at Three Rivers Community College in the Southeastern Missouri Area," said Gross. "There is lots of talent that we've been able to find in this area over the years that we were able to help find a college home for and also help Coach Burkey bring to Three Rivers in the past several years.

"Just last season, a former PRO-DAY standout pitcher (Abe Young) just finished his junior college career at Three Rivers and now has received a scholarship at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas for the next two years to finish his career and degree," said Gross.

PRO-DAY's staff has over 100-years experience in professional baseball either as a player, coach or scout. PRO-DAY Baseball is about "Helping Players Advance to the Next Level" whether that is the professional or collegiate level.

Sign-up early, the showcase is "Limited". For more information visit: www.prodaybaseball.com or call 1-888-224-6150.

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2016 Arkansas Future Stars Showcase Saturday at Taylor Field (Rain or Shine)

PINE BLUFF -- The PRO-DAY Arkansas Future Stars Showcase will be held on Saturday (May 28th) at Historical Taylor Field (Rain or Shine), announced Jeff Gross, CEO/Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

Arkansas High School Baseball Prospects in Classes 2017-18 are eligible to participate in the Future Stars Showcase.

Players will go thru a professional workout and be evaluated by coaches and professional scouts during the morning session. In the afternoon, these prospects will play in a ballgame and be able to participate at both their primary and secondary positions.

Due to inclement weather, the professional workout will be held in the Indoor Facility at Taylor Field.

During the closing ceremonies on Saturday, players will receive their evaluation reports back to them with that information also going off to three colleges of the players choice.

The "Top" players from this event will be invited to the PRO-DAY World Showcase in Orange Beach (AL) in late October.

Also, players that do well have a chance to be selected to the 2017 PRO-DAY "Prep Gear" Pre-Season High School All-American Team.

Four recent Southeast Arkansas players have been selected to this All-American team which include: White Hall's Daniel Sprinkle (Auburn), Pine Bluff's Jaylon Jackson (UAPB) and Star City's Gary Hill (Arkansas State) and Austin Powell (Arkansas State).

"This is a great opportunity for players to be seen and get their name out prior to their senior year," said Gross. "The Future Stars Showcase is in its' third-year here in Pine Bluff and we've been able to open up many doors for players from this showcase."

Long-time Major League Scout Bill Earnhart, a 40-year veteran and member of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks will be on hand to evaluate talent and speak to the players as a group and 1-on-1.

"I really enjoy coming to Pine Bluff looking for players, because of the history of talent here for so many decades, " said Earnhart. "I remember coming in here when I worked with the Rangers to help sign a young left-hander by the name of John Barfield in the mid-80's.

"Then later Jeff and his brother John started scouting with Texas in the late 80's and worked this area," said Earnhart. "What I like about PRO-DAY is the number of players are limited that can attend so each player can be seen and have plenty of opportunities to showcase their skills during the course of the event."

Since 1989, PRO-DAY Baseball has been "Helping Players Advance to the Next Level" whether that would be professionally or collegiately.

Players are still able to sign-up for the Future Stars Showcase as of today by visiting prodaybaseball.com or calling 1-888-224-6150.

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PRO-DAY Mid-South Regional/John Gross Memorial Tournament & Showcase

PINE BLUFF, AR -- 4th Annual PRO-DAY Mid-South Regional John Gross Memorial Tournament & Showcase will be held on June 17-19 at Historical Taylor Field in Pine Bluff (AR).

The PRO-DAY Tournament gets underway for players in high school classes 2016-2020 on Friday (June 17) afternoon with games scheduled all throughout the evening on Day 1. On Saturday, players will have the opportunity to go thru a professional workout and be evaluated by pro scouts and collegiate coaches with games to follow the rest of the day. The Tournament will conclude on Sunday with a Tournament Champion crowned during the final game.

The Tournament is named in honor of the late John Gross, Co-Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball, former professional scout with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs, who has "Helped Many Players Advance to the Next Level" in baseball while being drafted professionally or by helping hundreds and hundreds of others receive scholarships to go off to college.

Teams and individual players may sign-up here below to get registered - space is limited.  Additional information, contact PRO-DAY Baseball at 1-888-224-6150.

June 17-19 , 2016 - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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* 3-4 Game Guarantee/Weather Permittinjg - Plus Option to participate in Professional Workout scouted by PRO-DAY, College Coaches & Professional Scouts along with option for Video Analysis.

Arkansas Future Stars Showcase set for Pine Bluff on May 28th

PINE BLUFF, AR -- The PRO-DAY Arkansas High School Future Stars Showcase will be held on Saturday, May 28th at Historical Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.

The Future Stars Showcase is for the Top Arkansas High School Prospects in Classes 2017-2018, to give them an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of professional scouts and collegiate coaches.

Players will check-in on Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. with professional workout and evaluations to take place till noon that will consist of the 60-yrd dash, Infield & Outfield play, Catching & Pitching. Players will be evaluated in hitting and will hear professional hitting/pitching talks along with college prep talks. Players will participate in a ballgame on Saturday afternoon with the event scheduled to end by 5 p.m.

Players will receive a evaluation card in all areas from hitting, fielding, arm strength, arm accuracy, running, base running and pitching from their performance. These evaluation cards will be kept on file to monitor the players progress throughout their high school career.

Players will have opportunity to purchase highlight recruiting videos, evaluations report cards for PRO-DAY to mail to additional colleges of your choice and a website profile page that college coaches and professional scouts will have access to daily.

The "TOP PLAYERS" from this Showcase along with the other many states on the PRO-DAY Tour, will be invited to participate in the in the "Best of the Best World Showcase" in Orange Beach, Alabama in the fall where the players will be selected according to their grade level. Also, this event will give the players an opportunity to be selected from their performance to the 2017 PRO-DAY "Prep Gear" Pre-Season High School All-American Team.

Since 1989, PRO-DAY Professional Baseball Events has helped thousands of players from all ages. PRO-DAY has produced thousands of college players and hundreds of professional players.Six current/recent major league players have participated in PRO-DAY. These players include All-Star and Gold Glove Winner Torii Hunter (Minnesota Twins), Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs), Dmitri Young (Washington Nationals), T.J. Mathews (Houston Astros), Doug Creek (Seattle Mariners) and Billy Sadler (Houston Astros) to name a few.

Sign-up today, this Event is "very Limited" and must register in advance. Once Registration is "Full" - Registration will be closed immediately.

Additional questions contact PRO-DAY Baseball at 1-888-224-6150 or email prodaybaseball@yahoo.com

See you at the Arkansas Future Stars Showcase on May 28th at Historical Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.

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