If you’re not familiar with Perfect Game Baseball, it’s one of the top baseball scouting organizations in the country. Through a variety of high quality showcase and tournament events, PG helps players achieve their dreams of playing baseball at the collegiate level, and for some, the professional level. These events are highlighted by the Perfect Game National Showcase and the WWBA World Championship tournament. These are considered to be the most prestigious events in all of amateur baseball, as they contain the highest level of talent across the country. To ensure this high level of talent, Perfect Game has elected to make this an invite-only experience. With such a high concentration of talent, these two events alone, attract hundreds of college coaches and professional scouts.
The Perfect Game National showcase is held in mid June at the Hoover Met Complex in Alabama. Unlike the other large scouting networks, like Prep Baseball Report and Baseball Factory, PG holds their national showcase event earlier in the year. By doing so, they provide scouts and coaches with the first opportunity to view the top rising senior class at a single showcase style event.
This event is also utilized to make selections for the Perfect Game All-American Classic, which is a match up of the top high school seniors in the country. Other showcase events and tournaments are factored in when making selections, but a strong performance at the National Showcase will help players lock in a roster spot. Perfect Game also operates a version of the National Showcase for rising Juniors, which is also held at the Hoover Met Complex the following week.
Expectations and Past Results
Perfect Game’s effectiveness with promoting amateur baseball starts with attracting the top talent to their events. Factoring in both showcases and tournaments, PG operates hundreds of events throughout the country. With a consistent high level of talent at these events, college coaches and professional scouts know that they can effectively recruit/scout at these events. With this solid reputation, Perfect Game has been able to build a vast network of coaches and scouts that regularly attend their events.
Attending a Perfect Game events comes with a variety of benefits. Along with in person exposure to coaches and scouts, Perfect Game also provides scouting reports, player ratings, video footage, and national/state rankings if applicable. All of the information is stored in an online player profile, which can be accessed by hundreds of college coaches and scouts. In a traditional showcase, the player’s exposure ends once the event is over. However with Perfect Game, the player’s exposure continues to build after the event finalizes.
The Perfect Game National Showcase is recognized as the premier baseball showcase in the country, and for good reason. Since its inception in 2001, 4,683 attendees have made college commitments, 2,539 were selected in the MLB draft, and 416 have played in the MLB. Some of the MLB players include Nolan Arenado, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and many other well known players. On the Perfect Game website, you can actually view these players’ profiles which contain their performance data and even video footage from the events. It’s pretty interesting to watch the current superstars of the MLB as high school players.