Aflac Unveils Final Roster for 2007 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, to be Held August 11

Jul 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Aflac

    COLUMBUS, Ga., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac today announced the full
 player roster for the fifth annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball
 Classic, featuring the best high school baseball players in the country.
 The 2007 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic will be played at San Diego
 State's Tony Gwynn Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 11, airing live on FSN at 3
 p.m. ET. Proceeds from the 2007 event will benefit San Diego's Rady
 Children's Hospital. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, a 15-time All Star and
 13-time Gold Glove award winner, is this year's honorary chairman.
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     "This Aflac All-American class has a bit of everything, from amazing
 athletes to big power pitchers and hitters," said Jerry Ford, president of
 Perfect Game USA, which, along with Baseball America, is one of the game's
 selection partners. "Some of the fastest players in the country, the very
 best arms and serious power hitters will entertain the crowd in San Diego.
 This is perhaps the strongest group of kids we've ever selected to play in
 the Aflac Classic."
     "I'm thrilled to join Aflac in honoring the stars of tomorrow -- the
 very best high school players across the country -- in San Diego, my first
 major league home," Ozzie Smith said. "I wish a game like this existed back
 when I was in high school, and I can only imagine how special it will be
 for these young men to get such national recognition and exposure."
     The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic showcases the
 nation's top high school players in an East versus West match-up. Aflac
 All-Americans are chosen by official selection partners Baseball America
 magazine and prep scouting service Perfect Game USA. All participants must
 have just completed their junior year of high school, be in good academic
 standing and display redeeming qualities off the field that embody the
 ideals of the sport of baseball, including discipline, determination and
 hard work.
     "Now going into our fifth year, we're proud that the Aflac All-American
 High School Baseball Classic has become the nation's premiere high school
 baseball event," said Jeff Herbert, Aflac's chief marketing officer. "The
 game is a terrific way for us to shine a spotlight on local kids in
 communities around the country, while raising money and awareness for
 pediatric cancer, a cause that's near and dear to us."
     The Aflac All-American Classic boasts alumni who have had a huge impact
 in the past four Major League Baseball first-year player drafts. Overall,
 42 alumni have been selected in the first round, including two No. 1
 overall selections: Matt Bush (2004, San Diego) and Justin Upton (2005,
 Arizona). The 2007 draft saw a record 13 Aflac All-Americans drafted in the
 first round. Of the 38 players to play in the 2007 game, 34 were drafted.
 This year, Homer Bailey became the first Aflac All-American alumnus to play
 in the major leagues when he won his major debut for the Cincinnati Reds in
     The players will be led by a stellar coaching staff as well. Mike
 Sheppard, Jr., head coach at perennial Seaton Hall Prep in West Orange,
 N.J., will manage the East team. He will be assisted by the manager of last
 year's East squad, Kevin Maris, of Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Fla.
 (and son of former Yankees slugger Roger Maris), and Bill Nicholson of
 Centennial High School in Sugar Hill, Ga.
     Managing the West team will be legendary San Diego coach Manny
 Hermosillo of Montgomery High School. Rounding out the West coaching staff
 are former major leaguer Cecil Espy and Omar Washington, both of whom have
 coached in the classic since its inception.
     The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic is endorsed by
 Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association as
 the country's marquee prep All-American event.
     The full team roster is on the following page. To learn more about the
 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, visit
     About Aflac
     For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the
 opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting
 medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider
 of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one
 insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in
 Japan. Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million
 people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of
 America's Most Admired Companies for seven consecutive years and in Fortune
 magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for nine
 consecutive years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both
 Fortune magazine's listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and
 Working Mother magazine's listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working
 Mothers. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York
 Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit
     About Sports America
     Sports America, Inc., is a sports marketing and event management firm
 based in Rockville, Md., which created and currently produces the Aflac
 Classic. Sports America also produces the McDonald's All-American High
 School Basketball Game.
                                   East Team
     No. Pos.  Name            Hgt.  Wgt.  High School (Hometown)
     77  RHP  Jack Armstrong    6-7   200  Jupiter High School (Jupiter, FL)
     5   OF   Xavier Avery      6-0   185  Cedar Grove High School (Decatur,
     3   INF  Tim Beckham       6-2   191  Griffin High School (Kennesaw, GA)
     45  LHP  Brett DeVall      6-4   215  Rutherford High School (Parker, FL)
     33  LHP  Anthony Ferrara   6-1   170  Riverview High School (Riverview,
     39  OF   Wesley Freeman    6-4   210  All Saints Academy (Lakeland, FL)
     2   RHP  Sonny Gray        6-0   185  Smyrna High School (Smyrna, TN)
     22  C    Taylor Hightower  6-1   190  Cartersville High School
                                           (Cartersville, GA)
     1   OF   Destin Hood       6-2   185  St. Paul's Episcopal High School
                                          (Eight Mile, AL)
     20  1B   Eric Hosmer       6-4   210  American Heritage High School
                                           (Cooper City, FL)
     6   SS   Garrison Lassiter 6-2   187  West Forsyth High School (High
                                           Point, NC)
     29  LHP  Kyle Long         6-8   285  St. Anne's Belfield High School
                                           (Ivy, VA)
     18  RHP  Daniel Marrs      6-3   200  James River High School (Midlothian,
     13  3B   Ethan Martin      6-3   200  Stephens County High School (Toccoa,
     9   INF  Harold Martinez   6-3   185  Braddock High School (Miami, FL)
     14  RHP  Quinton Miller    6-2   178  Shawnee High School (Medford, NJ)
     17  C    Adrian Nieto      6-0   195  American Heritage High School
                                           (Hialeah, FL)
     23  RHP  Michael Palazzone 6-4   190  Lassiter High School (Marietta, GA)
     21  LHP  Scott Silverstein 6-5   205  St. John's College High School
                                           (Brookeville, MD)
     Manager: Mike Sheppard, Jr.
     Assistant Coaches: Kevin Maris, Billy Nicholson
                                   West Team
     No. Pos.  Name            Hgt.  Wgt.  High School (Hometown)
     4   INF   Chris Amezquita 6-2   190   Servite High School (La Mirada, CA)
     8   INF   Andy Burns      6-1   180   Rocky Mountain High School
                                           (Ft. Collins, CO)
     10  RHP   Gerrit Cole     6-3   190   Orange Lutheran High School (Santa
                                           Ana, CA)
     12  RHP   Jarred Cosart   6-3   175   Clear Creek High School (League
                                           City, TX)
     24  OF    Isaac Galloway  6-3   190   Los Osos High School (Rancho
                                           Cucamonga, CA)
     7   OF    Robbie Grossman 6-1   195   Cy Fair High School (Cypress, TX)
     23  RHP   BJ Hermsen      6-6   230   West Delaware High School
                                           (Masonville, IA)
     2   OF    Aaron Hicks     6-1   160   Wilson High School (Long Beach, CA)
     6   RHP   Taylor Jungmann 6-5   180   Rogers High School (Temple, TX)
     15  LHP   Walker Kelly    6-0   188   Arlington Heights High School (Fort
                                           Worth, TX)
     9   RHP   Tim Melville    6-5   205   Wentzville Holt High School
                                           (Wentzville, MO)
     17  RHP   Alex Meyer      6-7   200   Greensburg High School (Greensburg,
     18  1B    Clark Murphy    6-3   200   Fallbrook Union High School
                                           (Fallbrook, CA)
     33  INF   Ricky Oropesa   6-2   215   Etiwanda High School (Rancho
                                           Cucamonga, CA)
     5   RHP   Ryan O'Sullivan 6-1   180   Valhalla High School (El Cajon, CA)
     11  C     Kyle Skipworth  6-3   195   Patriot High School (Riverside, CA)
     3   C     Jordan Swagerty 6-1   180   Prestonwood Christian Academy
                                           (Sachse, TX)
     21  OF    Brent Warren    6-3   175   Xavier High School (Robins, IA)
     44  LHP   Austin Wright   6-3   210   Conant High School (Schaumburg, IL)
     Manager: Manny Hermosillo
     Assistant Coaches: Cecil Espy, Omar Washington
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