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International Week Alums Espino, Hill, Paris Featured In Baseball America Top High School Prospects List

October 22, 2018

Three players from the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series Powered by Program 15’s International Week event held at Camelback Ranch were featured in Baseball America’s most recent list of the Top 50 High School Prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft.

Daniel Espino (5), Glenallen Hill, Jr. (26) and Kyren Paris (45) were all prominently featured. In addition, J.J. Goss (19), was scheduled to participate in the event but dropped out at the last minute.

Espino, committed to LSU, “has the best present stuff of any pitcher in the high school class—with no exceptions” according to the story, and that was very much so on display in Glendale. He only allowed one of the ten batters he faced to reach in his Game 2 start — he retired the first eight men he faced — and racked up a tournament-high seven strikeouts along the way.

Hill, committed to Arizona State, has the “big name” that comes from being the son of long-time big-leaguer Glenallen Hill. The Baseball America feature says Hill, Jr. “is dynamic on the bases as a plus runner with aggressive instincts and impressive acceleration,” which is fitting considering he reached base three times and stole a tournament-high five bases.

He was also one of the standouts in the 2019 Grad Class Tournament, ending it as the #2 ranked player behind only NorCal teammate Brock Jones, who surprisingly wasn’t on BA’s list.

Paris is a premium defender; BA says “Paris glides around the infield and ranges to both his left and right with ease,” and that certainly isn’t inaccurate. He drew a walk, stole two bases, and drove in a run with a sac fly, but the Cal commit dazzled those in attendance with his slick work in the field.

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Other International Week alums have been catching the eye of Baseball America lately as well.

Both Edinson Renteria, Jr. and Tyler “T.J.” McKenzie, both two-time participants in the event, were recently featured in the publication.

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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