BINGHAMTON— Since 2014, PBR New York has revolutionized the way many of Long Island’s top prospective high school players showcase their skills. PBR’s NYS Games, which began back in 2015, has progressively grown into the state’s largest and most scouted showcase event. Last summer, 105 universities attended the showcase, scouting the state’s finest talents.
All prospects began the weekend on Tuesday, June 25th. First, all players were able to showcase their skills on the offensive side of the baseball during a traditionally-styled batting practice in which they had their exit velocities recorded. Along with batting practice, participants also showcased their speed and had their 60-yard dashes recorded.
The next two days consisted of the participants’ displaying their skills in an in-game environment, as all players were separated into teams, facing each other in an exhibition style of play. Each team played three games, beginning with two on Wednesday, each of which was a formal 9-inning contest, but adhered to more of a radical style of play to encourage a more realistic showcasing of each player’s ability to play at the next level. For example, PBR implemented a rule by which there would always be one out in hopes of promoting more double plays, tagging up, stolen bases, etc., while also excluding hit by pitches from competition as well in efforts to generate more balls in play.
Again, PBR hosted an incredible competition which brought New York’s greatest talents into one event. Since the end of the showcase last week, three athletes have already announced their commitment to extend their playing career to the collegiate level— just as the organization had hoped. Long Island natives made their presence felt too: click the link provided by PBR below to view the entire roster for the NYS Games!