The First Class “Top 100” Jamboree at Reno Aces Stadium was a huge success, according to scouts and recruiters who were present. Adam Virchis, scout for the Chicago White Sox, said “These high schoolers got to play on a major league caliber field in front of eager eyes. This event was great in the first year and will be even better next year because players will hear about how it went here."
Players arrived on Friday night and were asked to be very relaxed to showcase their defensive skills, batting practice and light pens (where each pitcher showed five pitches on the main mound as a great lineup of recruiters scribbled notes – Christian Viramontes (Heritage-2014) drew unanimous attention as the LHP touched 88mph with a plus breaking ball). This made for a very fun atmosphere, where showcases are typically stressful rather than fun. Friday night’s finale was the Home Run Derby, where both contestants and shaggers had a blast being at Reno Aces Stadium and meeting other players from California and Nevada.
David Campbell (Colfax-2014) and Caleb Van Blake (Benicia-2015), both left handed hitting shortstops, made the final round as both launched balls over the right field fence and into the bullpens. Campbell won the final round and was named the HR Derby Champion. The Jamboree MVP award went to JD McDonnell (California-2014), who was the top rated catcher and also went a perfect 6 for 6 on the day with 2 doubles. Both are awarded a free spot to the HR Derby sponsor, “Headfirst West Coast College Showcase Camp.”
The highlight of Saturday’s games was the defense, which looked superb on the incredible field. Hitters also excelled with players averaging 6-7 at bats on the day with pitchers throwing all first pitch fastballs.
The following players were selected as the most outstanding performers of the Jamboree.