The 'DREAM SERIES' will be held during Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (Jan. 12-16) in Tempe, Arizona at the Tempe Diablo Major League Complex, which is the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels. Participants will receive on-field development training from former Major League pitchers, catchers and hitters. Dave Stewart, Marvin Freeman, LaTroy Hawkins, Kenny Hill and Darren Oliver will serve as the camp's pitching coaches. Bob Didier, Charles Johnson and Lenny Webster will serve as the camp's catching coaches. Homer Bush and Marquis Grissom will serve as the camp's hitting coaches. Additionally, former Major League manager Jerry Manuel will serve as the camp's head field coordinator. Player evaluations will be led and compiled by former Minor League player, executive and scout Reggie Waller as well as Minnesota Twins professional scout Greg Orr. Tempe Diablo stadium staff, particularly athletic trainers and clubhouse personnel, will serve similar roles for the 'DREAM SERIES.' MLB staff overseeing the event include Senior Vice President of Youth Programs Tony Reagins (former Angels General Manager), Senior Director of Baseball Development Del Matthews and Vice President of Youth & Facility Development Darrell Miller (former Major League catcher).
Prospects participating in the inaugural DREAM SERIES are some of the most talented high school baseball prospects in the country, including Hunter Greene, who is MLB.com's #1 Draft prospect and is a long-time participant of the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California. The participants were recommended by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball, MLB Youth Academies, the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB Clubs and the MLB Players Association.
The expansion of the diversity-focused development camps now includes the 'DREAM SERIES' and the Elite Development Invitational. The effort began as a singular Breakthrough Series event in a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball to promote baseball as a viable collegiate and professional option for youth from minority backgrounds. Established in 2008, the Breakthrough Series previously has been held at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California (2008-2009); USA Baseball's National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina (2010-2012); at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, and the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy in Houston, Texas (2013); and multiple locations in 2014-2016, including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy.
Approximately 140 previous participants of the Breakthrough Series have been selected in the MLB Draft, including nearly 40 in 2015 and 2016 combined - the most-ever for Breakthrough Series alumni in a two-year span. Additionally, participants in previous Breakthrough Series events have committed to collegiate baseball programs such as Arizona State, University of Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, UC Irvine, USC, San Diego State, Vanderbilt and more.