High school baseball: Perfect Game All-American Game coming to Bricktown
One of the country’s premier high school baseball All-Star Game is coming to OKlahoma City.
The annual Perfect Game All-American Classic is set for Friday, Sept. 4, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, it was announced Monday. It’s the first time in 12 years that the game will not be played in the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization turned to OKC for a one-year agreement.
“The Padres have been great partners for more than a decade,” Perfect Game founder and president Jerry Ford said in a release. “We are excited that we found a home this year at the beautiful Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park, the Dodgers’ Triple-A Stadium in Oklahoma City.
“While many things will be different from past All-American Classics, we will still showcase the very best high school prospects for next year's MLB Draft. It is always exciting to see the very best perform and this year is no exception. We would like to thank the many people in OKC for helping us out this year. We look forward to running many of our featured events here in the future.”
The nation’s top 50 high school seniors will participate in the game. Rosters will be announced at 6 p.m. Friday on PerfectGame.tv, the channel that will also stream the game live.
Players are selected through a series of events, including the Perfect Game National Showcase held in mid-June in Hoover, Alabama. That event features the nation’s top 300 prospects.
Since the game began in 2003, 228 players were selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. Nine were selected No. 1 overall.
Also, 188 players who played in the game have played in the big leagues, including Kris Bryant, Corey Seager, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor and others.
Many players passed through OKC as minor leaguers, including Seager with the Dodgers. And the ballpark has hosted several high school events such as state tournaments and All-State games.
But this could be the biggest prep event to date.
“Our organization is excited to partner with Perfect Game and the OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau to play host to this event,” OKC Dodgers president and general manager Michael Byrnes said in a release. “We passionately believe in the value of amateur baseball and seek ways to align with those in our industry that support and grow a love of baseball.”