Bradenton one of four sites for MLB, USA Baseball Breakthrough Series

HERALD STAFF REPORTFebruary 28, 2014 

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Bradenton is one of four sites in the United States chosen by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to host Breakthrough Series, which exposes a diverse group of top high school baseball players in the country in a showcase for pro and college scouts, according to a release from MLB.

Pirate City will play host to the seventh annual event from July 19 to 28. Compton, Calif.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Brooklyn, N.Y., are the other locations.

About 200 of the country's top high school players are expected to participate in the event. Previously, the program has been held at one site and featured between 60 and 80 players. Many of the players will be African-American in a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball to promote baseball to urban youth.

"Major League Baseball is proud to team with USA Baseball in extending this opportunity to even more talented young players for them to demonstrate their abilities," said Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, MLB executive vice president of baseball development.

Almost 90 past participants of the Breakthrough Series have been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Activities at each site will include a workout day and doubleheader games as well as daily presentations from current and former major leaguers, scouts, college administrators, umpires and other industry professionals.

Read more about the program in Saturday's editions of the Bradenton Herald.

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