Travel ball's only major failure, if we were forced to name one, is the lack of a national title for the best teams in the nation. No doubt, many groups like the Perfect Game, Triple Crown and a number of others run a World Championship in some fashion or another. But there is no consensus on where all the best teams play.
Wilson has tried one solution. And in terms of creating an elite group of teams by invitation only, and decking players out with some dead serious swag, few travel ball championship tourneys do as well as the Wilson Premier Baseball Classic.
Below we gathered some exclusive images from the event this year in Phoenix. We also included their press release . You can see our exhaustive list of reviews on Louisville Slugger and DeMarini Bats.
Wilson Premier Classic Images
Wilson Premier Classic Press Release
CHICAGO, IL (Sept. 12, 2017) – More than 50 teams from 21 of the most elite travel baseball
clubs in America will face off in the second-annual Wilson Premier Classic September 22–25 in
Peoria, Ariz., at the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners spring training complex. The
invitation-only baseball tournament will feature national championship travel ball teams, D1
prospects and projected top draft picks.
It’s the premier tournament for young players to showcase their skills and abilities in front of
scouts while competing for a championship. In 2016 the WPC had more than 150 college
coaches, five MLB first-round draft picks, 200 D1 college commits and 10 Perfect Game All-
Americans in attendance. Thirteen of the pitchers in 2016 recorded velocities above 90 mph.
“The Wilson Premier Classic is a tournament that exposes players to the top recruiters across
the country, featuring three age groups in a four-day period,” Wilson Premier Baseball National
Director Matthew Bliven said. “The best clubs and players from the 2018, 2019 and 2020
graduating classes playing in one central location is extremely desirable for college coaches and
pro scouts. You’re going to find up-and- coming professional or collegiate baseball players
throughout all of our games.”
MLB® scouts and college coaches from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC will be among those in Peoria to see how these players fare against top-level competition. Rosters feature highly regarded prospects like Jarred Kelenic and Joe Gray Jr., both potential top-10 2018 MLB Draft picks according to Baseball America and other outlets.
In total, the Wilson Premier Classic will feature approximately 900 players, with more than 300
of those rated as “high follows” by the major scouting services. Participating powerhouse clubs
featuring sought-after players include the EvoShield Canes, San Diego Show, Team Elite and the Orlando Scorpions, among others.
All participating teams are sponsored by Wilson Baseball’s family of brands – DeMarini,
Louisville Slugger, EvoShield and Wilson. The four brands will showcase equipment and products for participating teams and create a best-in- class experience for those who attend.
“The Classic serves as the perfect opportunity to highlight the very best of what it looks like to
work with Wilson and our incredible family of brands,” said Rob Partin, Grassroots Marketing
Manager for Wilson Baseball.
See the full text on Wilson Premier Classic