A team from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School has once again been hand picked to take part in one of the most prestigious amateur baseball tournaments in the continental United States.
A squad consisting of the best 18 and under players from the PRBAHS -- backed by Major League Baseball -- will be competing at Perfect Game USA's WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., from Oct. 20-24. There, they'll be among 84 of the best high school-level teams from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Roughly 700 Major League scouts and collegiate coaches attend the tournament each year, convening at the Roger Dean Stadium complex that serves as the Spring Training site of the Marlins and Cardinals.
The players representing the PRBAHS are usually the ones with the best chances of being drafted. Last year, four players from the squad were taken in the First-Year Player Draft, and this year, seniors Carlos Correa, Wilfredo Rodriguez, Ariel Estades and Jesmuel Valentin -- son of former big leaguer Jose Valentin -- may follow.
The tournament is one of two the players from the PRBAHS will attend outside of Puerto Rico each year.
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