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PRO-DAY All-American headed to Faulkner University

MONTGOMERY, AL -- Former PRO-DAY All-American standout outfielder TJ Riles of Ellenwood (GA) is headed to Faulkner University in Montgomery (AL), announced PRO-DAY Baseball.

Riles visited Faulkner and Head Coach Patrick McCarthy shortly after his teams return from the NAIA College World Series, where his Eagles (54-12) finished national champion runner-up for the second consecutive season.

The 6-2/200 Riles, liked everything he saw on his visit and he couldn't turn down the offer and to be apart of a winning program that Coach McCarthy has built at Faulkner.

TJ completed his junior college career and received his associates degree at Wallace-Dothan (AL) where he batted an impressive .386 (71-184) in 57 games which also included four home runs, 43 RBI’s, 38 runs scored to go along with his 23 stolen bases.

His honors also included ranked in the “Top 10” Overall in many categories in Junior College Baseball. Batting Average: .386 (8th), Hits: 71 (3rd), Doubles: 15 (5th), Triples: 10 (1st), RBI’s: 43 (8th), Total Runs: 118 (2nd), Stolen Bases: 23 (2nd) and Slugging Percentage: .641 (4th).

Riles played last season at East Carolina University (NC) and was an everyday starting outfielder while batting .250 for the Pirates.

TJ will now finish his college career and degree at Faulkner University where he received a full scholarship at a program that has played in the championship game three out of the last five seasons, winning the national championship in 2013.

Faulkner University has had some high draft picks in the MLB draft in the past few years that included this past season's shortstop Olivier Basabe who was selected by the San Diego Padres as the 228th pick in the eighth round. The junior out of Maracaibo, Venezuela, became the first NAIA player chosen this season.

Faulkner teammates Tra'mayne Holmes and Ivan Pelaez were selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 11th round and Tampa Bay Rays in the 33rd round, respectively. 

Pitcher Corey Black, a fourth round pick by the New York Yankees in 2012, and pitcher Austin Adams, a fifth rounder who went to the Cleveland Indians in 2009, are players drafted in most recent years out of Faulkner.

TJ hopes his dreams can also be fulfilled at Faulkner University to get that chance to play in professional baseball.

His father (Ernest) played nine-years in the major leagues (Milwaukee, San Francisco, Oakland, Houston and Boston) and his mom (Carol) was a four-sport standout athlete in high school.

If his parents talent wasn't enough, his older sisters Kelli (basketball) and Kamri (gymnastics) received full college scholarships and were also outstanding college athletes.

Professional Scouts and College Coaches first noticed TJ at a PRO-DAY Regional Showcase at Florida State University in Tallahassee (FL). His performance from there earned him an invitation to participate in the PRO-DAY “North/South/East/West” National Showcase in Millington (TN) that helped him to be named to the PRO-DAY All-American Team.

“PRO-DAY Baseball truly prepared me for what I’m going through now. PRO-DAY was my first workout and everyone was so knowledgeable and you knew what you needed to work on to become even a better player when you left,” said Riles. “I like the fact that there were a variety of scouts (Pro/College) there to keep an eye on you as you progress through the years. PRO-DAY truly prepared me.”

"We wish TJ the very best this season. For him to get his college degree, stay healthy and put up some good numbers and help his team get back to the College World Series," said Jeff Gross, Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball.

"TJ has a solid family supporting cast," said Gross. "He will be successful in whatever field he chooses, although I see him continuing playing baseball after this season."

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John Gross Scholarship to be awarded at the All-American Showcase on Jan. 16-17 in Orange Beach, AL

ORNAGE BEACH, AL -- The 2015-2016 John Gross Memorial Scholarship will be presented to a 2016 High School graduate at the PRO-DAY "Prep Gear" Best of the Best/All-American National Showcase on January 16-17 in Orange Beach (AL), announced PRO-DAY CEO/Founder Jeff Gross.

"On behalf of PRO-DAY Baseball, I am very happy to be able to award this scholarship in honor of my late brother & Co-Founder of PRO-DAY Baseball," said Gross. "This marks the fourth scholarship that we have awarded to a High School graduate since 2012."

Past winners include: JT Salter of Bay Minette, Alabama, Chad Simmons of Cantonment, Florida and Derek Alonzo of Edmond, Oklahoma.

High School Seniors in the 2016 Class that are participating in this event will be eligible for this years scholarship. For more information visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com or call 1-888-224-6150.

The PRO-DAY "Prep Gear" Best of the Best/All-American Showcase is for high school baseball players in classes 2016-2019. Players may complete their registration below.

The 2016 PRO-DAY "Prep Gear" Pre-Season All-American Teams (First, Second and Honorable Mention) will be selected after this event. Players will be evaluated at the event by college coaches and professional scouts.

Location: Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, AL

REGISTER HERE

The “2016 Prep Gear All-American National Showcase” will be held on January 16-17 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Former PRO-DAY Player Wins 2015 World Series w/Kansas City Royals

ORANGE BEACH, AL -- Former PRO-DAY All-American Terrance Gore is now a World Series Champion with the Kansas City Royals.

Gore, in his second season with the Royals Major League Club, will now receive a World Series Championship "Ring" after beating the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings to help capture the World Series title 4-games to 1.

Terrance, a native of Macon (GA) attended PRO-DAY's Atlanta Showcase in 2009 & 2010 and caught PRO-DAY's attention along with other scouts with his tremendous speed, running an amazing 6.32 in the 60-yard dash.

"Terrance is one of the fastest players in the Major Leagues today and one of the fastest players ever to come to a PRO-DAY Showcase," said Jeff Gross, PRO-DAY CEO/Founder"and probably is the third fastest player I've ever recorded in the 60, with the other two players (recording a 6.19 and a 6.28) coming two decades earlier when my brother (John) and I were scouting with the Texas Rangers.

"Congratulations to Terrance in winning the World Series with the Kansas City Royals ," said Gross,"The PRO-DAY Family is very proud of your accomplishments since you first came to our PRO-DAY events in high school. I remember telling him, that we (scouts/coaches) can teach you to hit better or throw harder, but what we can't teach is speed, that is just God given."

After Terrance attended the PRO-DAY Atlanta Showcase & graduating from Jones High School, a month earlier, Terrance signed with Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, FL) in the summer of 2010 shortly after PRO-DAY's Showcase. He then would go on to be drafted by the Kansas City Royals that June of 2011 in the 20th round.

During the past five seasons, he has stolen 207 out of 226 bases for the Royals Minor League Clubs. Since his late season Major League call-ups the past two seasons, he hasn't been thrown out with a perfect 8-8 in SB's while scoring six runs. In his overall professional career, he is successful 92% of the time stealing bases (215-234).

"It couldn't happen to a finer and well mannered young man," added Gross. "The PRO-DAY Baseball Family wish Terrance continued success and a long prosperous Major League Career."

For more information on PRO-DAY Baseball, visit: www.pro-daybaseball.com

 

2011 Prep Gear 1st Team All-American

PRO-DAY presents 2011 Prep Gear 1st Team All-Americans

 

Cockrum, JackCatcher – JACK COCKRUM - The 6-1, 180 lb, senior from Prairieville, LA recorded a 1.87 POP time with pin-point accuracy. Excellent  hitter, graded out an 8 in both his arm and bat. Jack hits from the left side and scored a 28 on his ACT.

 Signed: University of Wesl Alabama

 


 

Neiderland, Wes1st Base – WES NEIDERLAND - The 6-1, 160 lb, junior from Thompson, TN moves well for a first-baseman (6.98) and shows long ball power.  Wes does well with the glove around firstbase and earned an 8 on hitting.

 

 


 

Chipper, Smith2nd Base – CHIPPER SMITH - The 5-10, 185 lb. infielder out of Florence, SC has a Bo Jackson frame.   Chipper shows power and bat speed while swinging a wooden bat. He runs a 7.03 in the 60 and possess a very strong arm. Off the mound he recorded a 84/74.

 

 Signed: Univeristy of Maryland Eastern Shore


 

Ebert, JordanShortstop – JORDAN EBERT - The only 3-time Prep Gear Pre-Season All-American. Jordan can play multiple positions very well on the field. He was the best at shortstop in 2010, although could be projected as an outfielder at the next level (6.90). The 6-0, 180 lb. junior from Foley, AL has committed early to Auburn University.  If he continues to improve with his bat, which has graded out an 8 at several PRO-DAY Showcases, he could have a couple of options available to him after high school.

Signed: University of Auburn

 

Pichardo, Carlos3rd Base – CARLOS PICHARDO - The left-handed hitting third-baseman from LaRomana, Dominican Republic possess a lot of power at the plate. He can hit in the middle of any teams lineup. The 6-1, 215lb. senior , has an above average arm and superior hands from the hot corner.

 Signed: Gordon College (MA)


  

Montgomery, CarnellLeft Field – CARNELL MONTGOMERY - This 5-10, 175 lb. senior from Lake City, SC has excellent speed running a 6.87 in the 60-yrd dash. Carnell has tremendous power at the plate and isn’t afraid to go deep. The three tool left-handed hitting Montgomery can gun down any would be runner from his outfield position.

 Signed: North Carolina College


  

Center Field – JAYLEN SPRAGGINS - This 5-9, 175 lb., junior outfielder could very well be the best athlete on the All-American Team. The Montgomery, AL standout graded out an 8 on hitting while showing strength and bat speed. Jaylen recorded a blazing 6.69 in the 60-yard dash and could very well sign in the fall of his senior year.   

 

Right Field – BRANDON PETERSON - The 6-2.195 lb., junior out of Daphne, AL has a bright future at the next level.  He possess three of the major tools in run, throw & hit. He has tremendous arm strength from right-field with pin point accuracy. At the plate, he has awesome bat speed & good balance. His 60 time was 6.93.    

 

James, JamarliUtility – JAMARLI JAMES - A 5-8, 165 lb, senior from Melbourne, FL can run down any ball from his outfield position with his blazing 6.62 speed which enables him to be a terror on the base-paths.  He hits from both sides of the plate and has strength equally proportional.  He has an above average arm and is accurate.

 


 Griffin, JamereDesignated Hitter – JAMERE GRIFFIN - The 6-0, 220lb. junior from Gulfport, MS captured the 2011 PRO-DAY “Powerade” Home Run Derby Championship in January in Orange Beach, AL. He has a very accurate arm from right-field with arm strength. A former native of Bermuda, Jamere runs a 6.95 in the 60-yrd dash.

 


 Vernon, CodyPitcher – CODY VERNON - The Tennessee junior right-hander topped out at 88/71 this season at PRO-DAY. The 6-3.185 lb, pitcher/third-baseman is from Lewisburg, TN. He can swing the bat, but his ticket on the next level is that right arm which has a chance to get even better and reach the low 90's this summer.

 


 Pitcher – JACOB RODRIGUE - A 6-3, 180 lb., RHP out of Thibodaux, LA is one of the Top Pitchers out of the 2011 Class. He is 87/68 off the mound with arm strength while his secondary position in RF.  He will have the opportunity at the next level and could help out many college rotations early on.

Signed: Nicholls State University (LA)

 

Pitcher – DANIEL TOCKHORN - The 6-5, 195 lb. RHP from Mid Lothian, TX has a 86 mph fastball and a 77 curveball from the hill.  Daniel is a senior at Mid Lothian High who also plays first-base. His size and potential growth this year will make him even better in the future.

Signed: Northeast Texas Community College

 

 

 

Leach, BredanPitcher – BRENDAN LEACH - The 6-2, 180 lb. junior from Defuniak Springs, FL is 86/71 off the mound. The right-hander has good  control of his pitches and does a nice job locating. He can also play middle-infield. Scouts will look at him as a pitcher and monitor his progress from now till his senior season.

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Prep Gear 2nd Team All-American

PRO-DAY presents 2011 Prep Gear 2nd Team All-Americans

 

Baker, Lawrence

Catcher – LAWRENCE BAKER - The 6-1, 160 lb, senior from Pine Bluff, AR is 1.95 and is on the money on his throws to second-base from behind the plate. He is a sound hitter with good mechanics. He plays the game hard & has great work habits.

 

 

 

 

 


1st Base – ANDREW CHESTER - The 6-1, 186 lb, senior from Mt. Juliet, TN can handle the first-base position and shows strength at the plate. Andrew has a strong arm and also pitches (84/71). He scored a 24 on his ACT.

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Thomas, Jaquan2nd Base – JAQUAN THOMAS - The 5-8, 158 lb. infielder out of Tortola, British Virgin Islands has very good hands and footwork.  The switch-hitter shows more power from the right side with good bat speed. Jaquan ran a 7.2 in the 60-yard dash.

 

 


 

Shortstop – CAMILO GODOY -  The 6-0. 165 lb. senior middle-infielder will have a lot of options with his 30 ACT Score. On the baseball field, he is pretty good also. He has good hands, footwork and has a good swing. Camilo is definitely a base threat with his 6.89 speed.

 

 

Kirkland, Stephen3rd Base – STEPHEN KIRKLAND - The 6-0. 190 lb. sophomore from Cairo, GA was one of the better 2013 grads. He has strength and power at plate. He can play the outfield and pitch. He is 83/70 on the hill. He has a chance to be pretty good time he graduates.

 

 

 


 

Robinson, CodyLeft Field – CODY ROBINSON -  This 5-11, 170 lb. senior from Montgomery, AL has to be in the lineup somewhere due to his bat. The left-handed hitting catcher (2.09) shows good balance, bat speed and pop at the plate. Cody scored a 25 on his ACT.

 

 


 

 

 

Nolan, TJCenter Field – TJ NOLAN - This 5-9, 165 lb., junior outfielder from Rockford, IL has good range in the outfield along at the shortstop position. At the plate, TJ showed good balance, speed & strength. He has an above average arm with good hands & footwork.

 

 


 

 Hathcock, JustinRight Field – JUSTIN HATHCOCK - The 6-0, 205 lb., outfielder/third-baseman out of Fairhope, AL has the tools to play at the next level. He will be part of a really good 2012 class, Justin showed great hands at both positions and with arm strength. He has quick hands & power to go deep. Justin runs a 7.35 in the 60.

 

 


 

Melton, BradleyUtility – BRADLEY MELTON - A 6-2, 205 lb, senior from Counce, TN can play third-base and also catch. He has a real quick release and is very accurate at both positions. Behind the plate, he has a pop-time of 2.03  with room to improve. Hitting - he has power, strength & balance.

 

 


  

  

Seifert, JordanDesignated Hitter – JORDAN SEIFERT -  The 5-11, 185 lb. junior from Houston, TX was one of the finalist in the Powerade HR Derby. He has strength & does have the ability to hit the long ball. At the hot corner, he showed good hands and a very accurate arm.

 

 


 

Pitcher – ZACHARY WATSON - The Floridian junior right-hander was 86/76 off the mound. The 6-0, 185 lb, pitcher/first-baseman is from Century, FL. He plays a good first-base and hits with power. He hasn't reached his complete potential yet.

 


West, QuintonPitcher – QUINTON WEST - A 6-2, 180 lb., right-hander out of Poplar Bluff, MO was 84/72 at PRO-DAY. Quinton showed good control & ability to hit his spots during the National Showcase games. On his ACT, he scored a 23.

 

 


 

Rice, AustinPitcher – AUSTIN RICE - The 6-2, 175 lb. junior from Waynesboro, TN has a 86 mph fastball and throws a breaking ball at 71. He can play multiple positions on the field, although his ticket looks like to be off the mound for the 2012 grad.

 

 


 

Pitcher – ROSS MOSLEY - The 6-1, 210 lb. senior from Daphane, AL was 84/72 at the National Showcase in Orange Beach. The right-hander showed good control. When not pitching, Ross handles third-base. He has good hands and hits with power.

 


 

 

 

 

 


2011 Prep Gear All-American Honorable Mention

PRO-DAY Baseball presents 2011 Prep Gear All-American Honorable Mention Team

 

ARKANSAS

Nic Anderson (Pine Bluff), Daniel Imbro (Little Rock).

ALABAMA

Justin Langdale (Glencoe),Hunter Tripplett (Ft. Rucker), Jordan Reyes (Auburn).

FLORIDA

Stephen Lightfoot (Quincy), Rafael Bournigal (Mulberry), Conner Oliveri (Palm Harbor), Nick Sheplak (Tallahassee), Reid Long (Marianna).

GEORGIA

Brandon Bates (Climax)

 

KENTUCKY

Micah Pace (Louisville), Will Earnhart (Louisville).

LOUISIANA

Ross Durke (New Iberia), Nicholas Letendre (Ruston), Brandon Samson (Zachary), Dylon Buhler (Baton Rouge).

MISSISSIPPI

James Ayers (Kiln), Wesley Sherrer (Tylertown),  John Zeigler (Benton).

TENNESSEE

Brandon Bush (Lewisburg), Brandon Pierce (Sheperdsville).

TEXAS

Evan Asire (Forney)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Rafael Santan (LaRomana)

2010 Prep Gear All American Team

 

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

 

C - TRAVIS MOE 1B - NICK GIBERT 2B - DeANDRE WALDBURG

Catcher -- TRAVIS MOE - The 6-0, 175 lb, senior from Doniphan, MO recorded a 1.89 POP time with pin-point accuracy. Excellent hitter, graded out an 8 in both his arm and bat.

1st Base -- NICK GIBERT The 6-2, 265 lb, senior from Ridgeland, MS possess quick hands an excellent bat speed which brings unpresidented long ball power. Has a strong arm plus can handle the glove around first. Graded 8 on hitting.

2nd Base -- DeANDRE WALDBURG Speed, Defense and Bat are the tools this senior rom Decatur, GA possesses. His 6.68 speed in the 60 along with 8 grades in glove and footwork gives him the nod at 2nd Base. Excellent switch-hitter and a terror on the bases.

SS - MARCOS DERKES3B - EVAN HENDRICKSLF - KENNY HUDSON

Shortstop -- MARCOS DERKES Smooth as silk best describes this senior from Puerto Rico. The 6-0, 170 lb. has tremendous range and outstanding arm. A student of the game, very knowledgable on basepaths and a leader on the diamond. Recorded a 6.85 time in the 60 yard dash. Excellent hitter.....graded out all 8's.

3rd Base -- EVAN HENDRICKS Top of the class in arm strength from third base. Incorporate that with his accuracy, glove and footwork, defense is at it's best. The 2010 graduate from Marietta, GA also recorded a 6.69 time in the 60. Awesome hitter, can swing the bat with the best of them.

Left Field -- KENNY HUDSON This senior from Gulfport, MS caught everyone's attention when he recorded all 8's in the All-American showcase. A 6.91 runner has all the tools to go along with his 6-0, 185lb frame. Excellent arm and bat.

CF - DEVANTE TAYLOR RF - JORDAN EBERT ULT - STEPHEN JOE

Center Field -- DEVANTE TAYLOR The 2009 Powerade Home Run Derby Champion with 44 HR's last year returns to the All-America squad. The 6-0, 170 lb Navaree, FL junior has all the tools and they are only getting better. Recorded a best 6.51 in the 60 yard dash to go along with his 8 arm and bat. Named to the All-America team last year as a freshman.

Right Field -- JORDAN EBERT A repeat selection to the All-American team, this 2012 outfielder from Perdido, AL possesses all the tools. Recorded four out of five 8's to go along with a 6.85 best in the 60 placed Jordan on the first team. Trememdous bat speed and has power. The 2010 Powerade Home Run Derby Champion.

Utility -- STEPHEN JOE The second player from Ridgeland, MS on the All-America team. A Catcher/Outfielder scored a mixture of 7's and 8's on his two positions. Excellent 8 arm from behind the plate with great mechanics and a 1.99 POP time. Great glove and good speed in the outfield, stong hitter.

DH - CADEN CLEVELAND P - KURT LIPSCOMB P - QUINTON STEVENS

Designated Hitter -- CADEN CLEVELAND A 6-0, 180 lb. senior from Oklahoma City, OK was the number one hitter at the "Best of the Best" showcase last fall. A switch hitter can hit to all fields from either side. Tremendous power from the left side of the plate. One of the best defensive catchers to come through the Southeast in years.

Pitcher -- KURT LIPSCOMB This underclassman righthand junior from Anniston, AL consistantly hits 90 mph with his fastball, 76 curve. The 6-1, 205 lb. is always around the plate and grades out 8 with his arm, with 7's across the board on the other tools. He has great power at the plate.

Pitcher -- QUINTON STEVENS This Bernie, MO senior has it all on the mound. This righthander's fastball hits 91 mph and comes back with a wicked 74 mph curveball. The 6-2, 165 lb. can blaze the 60 in 6.75 seconds. Scored 8 on his arm and glove, while recording 7's on accuracy, footwork and hitting.

P - GRANT LOWMAN P - LOGAN GRAY

Pitcher -- GRANT LOWMAN A 6-2, 182 lb. 2010 graduate from Huntsville, AL, this righthander fastball tops out at 91 mph, with an 81 mph curve. Overall great athlete and can hit the ball too. Scored 27 on his ACT.

Pitcher -- LOGAN GRAY The 6-3, 215 lb. senior righthander from Lebanon, TN has a 92 mph fastball and a 78 mph,11-5 curveball, to be in total command on the mound. A great hitter with unlimited power. Recorded all 8's on his evaluation.