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2018 INTERNATIONAL WEEK: Glenallen Hill, Jr. Excited For Opportunity In Arizona

August 29, 2018

Glenallen Hill’s name is one you likely know.

Glenallen Hill, Jr’s is one you will soon.

The Arizona State commit, and son of the long-time former major-leaguer, is making a name for himself as a standout with Program 15/New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series partner program NorCal Baseball.  He emerged as the No. 2 prospect at the 2019 Grad Class Tournament, and was selected to represent the National Team in the upcoming International Week event to be held at Camelback Ranch from August 31-September 3 in Glendale, Arizona.

“I’m really excited,” Hill told FutureStarsSeries.com via cell phone.  “It sounds like it’s going to be a great time.”

Despite NorCal coming up short in the 2019 event — somewhat of an upset considering they’d just won the Perfect Game World Series, but perhaps indicative of the overall talent as a whole at the P15 event — Hill enjoyed his first experience in the Future Stars Series.

“That was fun,” he said. “It was fun to be able to play against a lot of guys from different areas. My team had just come from Arizona where we were in the Perfect Game World Series, and there were a lot of teams from different areas out there too, but every time you get to do something like that, it’s a good experience.”

Hill called the International Week invite an “honor,” saying the hard work he’s been putting in is paying off and that he’s looking forward to picking the brains of the P15/NBBFSS staff while he’s there to try to learn even more.

But what’s he looking forward to the most?

“I’d say meeting new people and building new relationships,” he said. “That’s been a big thing this summer, just getting to meet a lot of cool kids and cool people from all over the place.”

Hill is a potential first round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, and has enjoyed the process leading up to his potential selection.  However, when asked about going through that, he also displayed a level of maturity that’s sure to take him far.

“It’s exciting for sure, but you’ve got to remember to have fun with it, because that’s why I play,” Hill said.

“That’s why pretty much everybody plays, because they love it and they have fun. You’ve always got to keep that in mind, just to have fun with it and also that you’ve got to keep working.”

With the stresses that come with all that — whether it be enduring the 100-plus degree temperatures in Arizona this coming weekend, or the constant attention from scouts and media — is that ever difficult to do?

“No, I don’t think so,” he offered. “Baseball is fun to play no matter where you’re playing or who you’re playing against.”

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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