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Nine players announced for Under Armour All-America Baseball Game



Brady Aiken is one of the first nine players selected to participate in this year's Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. / AP

Brady Aiken, Alex Jackson and Gareth Morgan will be the first two-time players to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will return to Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 24.

The first nine players to make the game were announced by the Baseball Factory, which selects 36 players for the game. The rest of the selections will take place in the spring and early summer, said Steve Bernhardt, the Executive Vice President of Baseball Factory and Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee.

Aiken, a left-handed pitcher from Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) and Jackson, a catcher from Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), competed in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game as rising juniors, while Morgan, an outfielder from North Toronto (Canada) Collegiate competed in the 2011 game as a sophomore. This will be the sixth year for the game.

The other players named to the game, which will air at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on the MLB Network: Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) right-handed pitcher Ryan Castellani; George Ranch (Richmond, Texas) outfielder Stone Garrett; Jacob Gatewood, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher from Redwood (Visalia, Calif.); Nicholas Gordon, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher from Olympia (Orlando, Fla.); Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) left-handed pitcher David Peterson; and Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian right-handed pticher Touki Toussaint.

Bernhardt said the players for the game are seen at Baseball Factory tryouts and tournaments as well as through the company's scouting network.

"We are constantly looking at players," Bernhardt said. "We try and gather as much information as we possibly can."

Returning the game to Wrigley Field is a draw for the players.

"It's a terrific venue," Bernhardt said. "We love going there. Most of the players really understand it and are honored to play there. … For the most part, we see guys who can't want to get on the field."

According to organizers, all but 20 of the 138 draft eligible players who played in the game the past five seasons were selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, including 34 first-round picks. Nick Castellanos, who played in the 2009 Under Armour All-America Game, was the Most Valuable Player this past summer in Major League Baseball's Futures All-Star Game.

 

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