Lee County will host the Perfect Game 2016 National Showcase from June 15-20 at the JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. The Perfect Game National Showcase is one of the premier scouting events for young players in amateur baseball. More than 1,700 players who have attended past events have gone on to be selected in Major League Baseball amateur player drafts.
There will be two live broadcasts on Major League Baseball’s www.MLB.com at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 and on Sunday, June 19. There will be a link to view the MLB live broadcast on the Perfect Game home page at www.perfectgame.org 90 minutes prior to the broadcast.
The Perfect Game National Showcase features more than 300 incoming high school seniors, and Lee County anticipates approximately 500 college and professional scouts and the nation’s top professional sports agents to be present during the showcase. Last year’s event generated approximately $725,000 in direct economic impact, $8,910 in resort tax and 1,800 hotel room nights.
“As one of the most heavily followed events by college coaches and scouts, the Perfect Game National Showcase generates great exposure for high school athletes, as well as for Lee County,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “We anticipate a positive economic impact from the 2016 showcase and look forward to bringing a great event to the Southwest Florida community, featuring our nation’s most promising athletes.”
The Perfect Game National Showcase serves as the last step in the Perfect Game All-American Classic selection process. The top 50 players at the Perfect Game National Showcase will be selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego, California on Aug. 14, which will be televised on MLB Network.
The annual National Showcase is free and open to the public. Game and practice times vary. For more information, visit Perfect Game at www.perfectgame.org.
About Lee County Sports Development
Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.