While the 2014 Major League Draft wrapped up on Saturday for high school seniors and collegiate players, rising high school seniors are looking at how they'll continue their career, either in college, or for the select few, a farm team of a Major League Program. A good first step in finding out that answer? Gulf Coast's annual Top 100 Showcase.
One hundred of some of the best ball players in the Southeast took the field at GC on Saturday, looking to earn a college scholarship from one of the near three dozen colleges in attendance, as well as hoping to catch the eye of some big league scouts.
The players took part in drills on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, and Gulf Coast head coach Mike Kandler saying the Top 100 not only helps him fill his roster, but it's also good for some of the small town players to perform on such a big stage.
"I think it's great for our local high school baseball community," he said Saturday. "We wish we could recruit every single one of them to Gulf Coast, but it's just not reality from a numbers standpoint, so it's gets these kids seen by a lot of schools and I think it's a great event for them. Usually they come out and show very well at this event. It does give us a great look at a lot of players and we do recruit a lot of guys out of this event as do all these other schools. That's why they're here. If the players weren't good, the schools would quit coming."
The 2014 Gulf Coast Top 100 Showcase wraps up tomorrow when the players get to showcase their abilities in a game setting. First game starts at 9/CT at Bill Frazier Field at Gulf Coast State College.