Jesuit RHP/SS Lance McCullers has accepted an invitation to play in this summer’s Aflac All-American Game, one of the top high school baseball showcases for players entering their senior year, he told the Times on Friday.
The game is slated for Aug. 14 at PETCO Park in San Diego.
McCullers figures to be one of the top prospects for next year's Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Last summer, McCullers was one of just two juniors to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In November, McCullers – a University of Florida commit – was ranked the nation’s top pro prospect in the Class of 2012 by Perfect Game, the scouting service that helps select players for the Aflac game.
Rosters for this year's game have yet to be announced, but should become official within the next month.
For the second straight year, McCullers led Jesuit to the Class 4A state title game. In his first season as a starter, he was 5-2 with a 1.71 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 45 innings. As the Tigers’ No. 3 hitter, he hit .422 with 10 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
McCullers’ entry marks the sixth straight season a Hillsborough County player has played in the game. He joins a list of recent participants that includes Alonso's Jose Fernandez (2010), Tampa Catholic's Shane Rowland (2009), Plant's Mychal Givens (2008), Riverview's Anthony Ferrara (2007) and Hillsborough's Michael Burgess (2006). All were drafted.
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