West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, August 17, 2012
Tigers contingent to participate in national tourney
by Mike Russo sports editor
It has been a busy but gratifying summer for Millennium High School head baseball coach Mike Jacobs. He coached the North team to an 8-1 victory over the South in the Division I All-Star Game in June and now has gained a prestigious national honor. Jacobs has been selected to be an assistant coach in the ProspectWire Underclass All-American Games West, Aug. 24-26 at Earl Wilson Stadium on the Campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“I’m very excited. It’s a super opportu- nity to coach players of this caliber. I’m the only coach from this area to be selected. Most of the coaches will be flown out from Florida, where Prospect- Wire is based. It’s pretty cool to be asked to go up there and coach.”
Millennium head baseball coach — Mike Jacobs
out from Florida, where ProspectWire is based. It’s pretty cool to be asked to go up there and coach.” Teams are guaranteed a minimum of
Players will predominantly be sophomores and juniors.
kids,” Jacobs said. “Coaches will coach different teams each game rather than remaining with one team. I’ll get to coach kids from California and Texas.” The winner of the six-team West
“There may be some unsigned 2013
excited,” Jacobs said. “It’s a super opportunity to coach players of this caliber. I’m the only coach from this area to be selected. Most of the coaches will be flown
View file photo by Ray Thomas
SAMMY RIMER lines a hit for Millennium during the April 28 state playoff game against Sunnyside. Rimer and two other Millennium players will accompany coach Mike Jacobs to Las Vegas to participate in the ProspectWire All-American Games, Aug. 24-26.
tournament will play the winner of the corresponding East tournament, which will be played Aug. 17-19 in Tampa. That matchup will likely occur in Florida.
Scouts in attendance Professional and college scouts, as well as college coaches will be in attendance. A trio of Millennium players will take part in the tournament --- Sammy Rimer, Gio Lopez and pitcher Jonathan Abney. Rimer is a senior and the latter two players are sophomores. “This is great exposure for these guys,” Jacobs said. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids to be evaluated by college
“I feel pretty excited to be going but a little nervous,” Abney said. Abney was selected at the invitation of
would be interested in going,” Abney said. “This is the biggest tournament I have ever played in.” Abney was the ace of the Millennium freshman team in 2012, compiling a 6-1 record for a team that went 9-4-1. “I had a pretty good season,” Abney said. “I’ve done even better this summer [pitching for the Arizona All-Star Baseball Academy].”
“Coach Jacobs called me and asked if I
Abney views the tournament as a great opportunity to impress college scouts and coaches.
“If I start out well, coaches may begin to track me,” he said.
In addition to the tournament, ProspectWire will conduct a combine afterward, allowing another opportunity for players to be evaluated. “They will do a combine with 60[-yard dash] times, infield work, outfield work and catcher’s pop times [to second base],” Jacobs said.
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