San Diego Show’s Ability to Send Players to the Show Is Special
The show. You know what the show is. It’s simple, but universal. Players want to reach the show. Legacies are created with time spent in the Show. Heck, a video game bears its name. Major League Baseball isn’t an abstract organization to those within baseball, a collection of 30 teams, it is the show.
To one day reach the show is why players sacrifice blood, sweat and tears. A pursuit of playing in the Show is the reason behind 6 a.m. conditioning in January or midnight seven innings in the sweltering, unrelenting heat and humidity of a Georgia night.
Everything the Show is to baseball at large the San Diego Show is in search of it as a travel baseball organization.
Being able to call the San Diego home immediately gives the San Diego Show a leg up on travel baseball organizations throughout the rest of the nation. Be it Jan. 15, July 21 or Oct. 2, San Diego’s climate is conducive to year-round baseball. As such, it’s never a surprise to watch a San Diego Show game and see players with strong fundamentals, a crisp, well-played game due to the players having countless more repetitions in the field, in the batter’s box or on the mound over their opponents.
But the location is just the start of what separates the San Diego Show.
The Show is a baseball organization founded 12 years ago dedicated exclusively to the growth of the player. In a world with seemingly infinite showcases and events there isn’t a shortage of exposure opportunities. But if a player is exposed to the wrong coaches, at the wrong time or in the wrong setting, what good does that do the player? Understanding who the player is, what he is capable of and how he can reach his maximum potential is at the core of the Show.
Alumni from the San Diego Show how they excel in growth and placement.
Joey DeNato, the 2014 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, winningest and most decorated pitcher in Indiana University baseball history played for the San Diego Show. Further east of Bloomington, William & Penn has had two Show alumni in Tony Alvarez and James Billburg. Of course, California and Pac-12 programs routinely have a player from the San Diego Show on their roster. From Oregon’s Jake Reed to USC’s Garret Stubbs the Southern California program outfits the west coast’s best. Non-Division I programs have also reaped the benefits of the Show’s ability to develop, Cal Lutheran, San Bernardino and Southern Nazarene a few to name.
But the San Diego Show’s ability to send players to the show is special.
Rising top prospects, Brady Aiken, Ian Clarkin, Jacob Gatewood and Luis Ortiz are San Diego Show alumni. These four gave the Show a first-round draft pick in each MLB Draft between the 2013 and 2015. And when the former Show players reach the show, they’ll be in the company of brethren.
The San Diego Show can boast producing the youngest unanimous MVP in MLB history, seemingly sure-ticketed Hall of Famer, Bryce Harper. As too his Washington Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg, the Cy Young candidate who was the most celebrated college pitcher in a generation.
In their continued pursuit of growth and bringing the best out of each player, it’s easy to see there are good organizations, even some elite teams, but then there’s the Show. It’s simple, and you know who they are.