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ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE  PRO PLAYER HURRICANE STAFF & ORGANIZATION, THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR TRYOUTS FOR THE 2014-15 SEASON!   GOOD LUCK NEXT SEASON TO ALL

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Recent 13U News

13U Canes Hosting a Bags Tournament

09/18/2014, 8:15am CDT
By Pete D.

The 13U Pro Player Canes would like to welcome anyone interested in supporting their Road to Omaha to a bags tournament on October 18, 2014.  Details are as follows:

Date and Time:  October 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

Location:  Pro Player Consultants, 5112 Prime Parkway, McHenry, IL, 60050

Cost:  $25 per player ($50 per team)

2 Ways to Register (prior to October 11, 2014): 

Participants must be 18 years old or older.  Any questions, please email sandrafoat@hotmail.com or call Coach Rachaad at 815-385-2255.


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HURRICANE NEWS:

Zach Forney Commits to Eastern Illinois University!

Congratulations to 2015 Grad Zach Forney who will play baseball at Eastern Illinois University!

Jimmy Perkins Commits to Western Illinois University!

Congratulations to 2015 Grad Jimmy Perkins who will play baseball at Western Illinois University!


Former Hurricane RHP/LHP Ryan Perez MVP in Cape Cod League!

Aspiring major leaguer can bring the heat with both arms

Ryan Perez is a natural righty, but growing up his father knew his son the aspiring pitcher would have an advantage if he learned to throw with his left arm as well.

"I would grab something right-handed and try to throw it right-handed, but he would stop: 'No, no, no, no, put it in your left. Throw it with your left,'" Perez said.

His dad was on to something. Perez became an all-state pitcher in Illinois, and now - heading into his junior year at Judson University - he has an arsenal of pitches he can throw with either arm.

"Four-seam fastball both ways, change-up both ways, curve and slider both ways," he said. 

CLICK ON LINK FOR FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ryan-perez-can-bring-the-heat-with-both-arms-for-hyannis-harbor-hawks/

 


Former Pro-Player Hurricane & KU Star Wes Benjamin Drafted by Rangers in 5th Round


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html#storylink=cpy 

Two months removed from Tommy John surgery, Kansas left-hander Wes Benjamin entered the Major League Baseball draft hoping a team would take a chance on his injured left arm.

The Texas Rangers did just that on Friday, drafting Benjamin in the fifth round with the 156th overall pick. Benjamin became the Kansas baseball program’s highest drafted player since KU coach Ritch Price arrived in Lawrence in 2002


Read more here:  http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html#storylink=cpy 

Link to Full Articlehttp://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html 


 

Pro-Player Hurricane Star Simeon Lucas Drafted by Indians in 7th Round


 

9's & 14's @ Great Lakes Perfect Game Super 25 Regional

9's & 14's @ Great Lakes Perfect Game Super 25 Regional

Pro Player Hurricane Adam Kalish (Hunltey HS) Athlete of Week

CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 28) – Huntley's Kalish Player of Week 

The Red Raiders' former closer, who was converted to a starter, came up big twice in a crucial week in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division race.

Kalish, who throws submarine style, won games against two other contenders in the FVC Valley, McHenry and Cary-Grove, to move to 4-0 for the season.

On Tuesday, Kalish allowed two hits and one earned run, while striking out six and walking one in a 12-5 victory over McHenry.

Kalish came back on Saturday, after Huntley had dropped division games to McHenry and C-G, and fired a three-hitter at C-G for a 5-3 victory. He struck out six, allowed three hits and two walks and retired 14 consecutive batters at one point in that game.

The victory put Huntley in a three-way tie for first with C-G and Jacobs. 


Link to Full Articlehttp://mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/05/12/7ef4919ff0ff41d3a09ff5d5e93d62f3/index.xml 


 

Pro Player Hurricane Mike Borst (McHenry HS) Athlete of Week

CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 28) – Athlete of the Week - Mike Borst, McHenry, JR.

The left fielder had 10 hits in the Warriors’ four wins for the week as they went 4-1, with three Fox Valley Conference victories.

Borst singled and stole second in the ninth inning Saturday, then scored on an error as the Warriors edged Dundee-Crown, 3-2, in nine innings. He was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in that game. 


Link to Full Articlewww.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/04/28/43cb420256a04d15b8aabe8a34212bfb/index.xml 

Pro Player Hurricane Smith happy to be back from injury

CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 15) – Josh Smith experienced the normal doubts anyone would have traveling the long road back from shoulder surgery.

Perhaps even more so given what Smith was accomplished while throwing baseballs really hard. 


Link to Full Articlewww.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/04/15/7b99f181eef24d19a2995a3b4a4e4564/index.xml


 

Congrats to Simeon Lucas - PBR Porsche Exchange Player of the Week

Prep Baseball Report:   Wed April 9, 2014 
By Sean Duncan, Executive Director 

Simeon Lucas has grown accustomed to playing under the microscope. As a sophomore, he helped power Grant HS to surprising third-place finish in Class 4A. The pressure has only amplified for Lucas, who entered the spring as one of the Midwest’s top draft prospects. 
 
Link to Article:  
http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/news/IL/Porsche-Exchange-Player-of-the-Week-Simeon-Lucas-8015497632  

Canes Lead List of Top Fox Valley Prospects

Hurricanes highlight Fox Valley with over (20) Pro Player Hurricanes referenced by the Northwest Herald including (5) key players to watch this season.
 
Link to Article:  
http://www.nwherald.com/2014/03/23/2014-baseball-team-preview-capsules/adcl458/ 

Pro Player Canes on Perfect Game Super 25 "Org of the Year" Watch List

PG Organization of the Year Watch List
Drake Browne    
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
 
 
 
 

In the Inaugural Season of the PG Super25, Perfect Game will be rewarding the organization that performs to the highest level in all age divisions 9u-17u.  While final details have not yet been determined, the Organization of the Year will receive a feature article on the PG website, a custom banner to hang in your facility/ballpark, announcements through Social Media, and much more!

At the conclusion of the PG Super25 National Championships, the National Office will announce the list of five finalists for the award.  All Super25 Regional Directors, full-time PG staff, and Perfect Game scouts will then cast a vote from the list of finalists to determine the winner.

Read the rest of the Articlehttp://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9486 
 

Simeon Lucas - Perfect Game WWBA National Championship

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Pro Player Academy was one of the few teams that was able to avoid rain and get a game in today at East Cobb for the 2013 17u WWBA National Championship. Simeon Lucas took advantage of the opportunity to show off his talents in front of a crowd of collegiate coaches and professional scouts, which he’s become accustomed to doing.

The 97th ranked prospect for the class of 2014 impressed the scouts again in the five-inning contest against the East Cobb New England Indians. Lucas went 1-for-2 with a single through the right side gap. He was also hit by a pitch and came around to score twice.

Pro Player Academy piled on the runs to win 12-3 just before another downpour came to wash away today’s remaining games. The coach of Pro Player Academy was happy to get the game at the East Cobb Complex in.

READ FULL ARTICLE
https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=8755


HURRICANE COLLEGE COMMITMENTS:

Dustin Thelander Commits to Bringham Young University!

Congratulations to 2015 Grad Dustin Thelander a who will play baseball at Bringham Young University!

Wyatt Mascarella Commits to University of Illinois-Chicago!

Congratulations to 2015 Grad Wyatt Mascarella who will play baseball at the University of Illinois-Chicago!

Nick Schrader Commits to Western Illinois University!

Congratulations to 2015 Grad Nick Schrader who will play baseball at Western Illinois University!

Josh Smith Commits to North Park University!

Congratulations to Josh Smith who will play baseball at North Park University!

Corte Trebacz Commits to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology!

Congratulations to Corte Trebacz who will play baseball at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology!

Andrew Splitt Commits to University of Wisconsin-Platteville!

Congratulations to Andrew Splitt who will play baseball at University of Wisconsin-Platteville!

Austin Covers Commits to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale!

Congratulations to Austin Covers who will play baseball at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale College!

Brad Dubow Commits to Augustana College!

Congratulations to Brad Dubow who will play baseball at Augustana College!

Trevor Symbal Commits to the Milwaukee School of Engineering!

Congratulations to Trevor Symbal who will play baseball at the Milwaukee School Of Engineering!

Vince Damato Commits to the University of Dubuque!

Congratulations to Vince Damato who will play baseball at the University of Dubuque!

Tommy Kiriakopoulous Commits to Augustana College!

Congratulations to Tommy Kiriakopoulous who will play baseball at Augustana College!


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HURRICANE ACADEMY: EQUIPMENT MOVE DAY
  • 9:00am-11:00am (CDT) Ical_event_icon
  • Move Academy Equipment out of storage to new Facility - 111 South Main St

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  • Oct
  • 4
New Hurricane Academy Set Up
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  • 111 South Main Street, Crystal Lake
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  • Oct
  • 7
October BOD Meeting
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  • 4
November BOD Meeting
  • Nov
  • 22
Annual Hurricane General Meeting
  • Dec
  • 2
December BOD Meeeting
  • Jan
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January BOD Meeting
  • Jan
  • 25
UNIFORM FITTING
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  • 3
February BOD Meeting
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  • 3
March BOD Meeting

RECENT HURRICANES IN MLB DRAFT

YEAR NAME MLB TEAM DRAFT ROUND
2012 Mike Heesch Chicago Cubs 8th Round
2012 Jared Grundy Minnesota Twins 25th Round
2012 Geoff Rowan Tampa Rays 32nd Round
2011 Nick Martini St. Louis Cardinals 6th Round
2011 Austin Wright Philadelphia Phillies 8th Round
2011 Connor Sadzeck Texas Rangers 11th Round
2011 Jerad Grundy Florida Marlins 42nd Round
2010 Elliot Soto Chicago Cubs 13th Round
2010 Chris Waylock Cleveland Indians 39th Round
2010 Kyle Hunter New York Yankees 40th Round
2010 Connor Sadzeck Pittsburgh Pirates 41st Round
2010 Austin Wright Boston Red Sox 21st Round
2009 Ian Krol Oakland A's 7th Round
2009 Jared Grundy Texas Rangers 46th Round
2008 Austin Wright Pittsburgh Pirates 23rd Round
2008 Kyle Hunter Tampa Rays 30th Round
2007 Jake Smolinski Washington Nationals 2nd Round
2007 Butch Biela Pittsburgh Pirates 13th Round
2007 Elliot Soto Minnesota Twins 13th Round

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