South Florida baseball will be well represented in the upcoming Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego.
Archbishop McCarthy first baseman Alex Toral and Pembroke Pines Flanagan shortstop Mark Vientos will compete on the East squad that will be coached by Doral Academy coach Ralph Suarez.
The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug.14 at Petco Park, and will be broadcast on the MLB Network.
Numerous current major league players have participated in the game, including a few from South Florida, such as this year’s All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer, Yasmani Grandal, Albert Almora, Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos.
Toral was rated the top player in the Class of 2017 by Baseball America entering his junior season, and helped the Mavericks win their second state title in a row and sixth title in the past seven seasons. He hit .328 with four homers and 18 RBI this past year.
He’s a University of Miami commitment and projected to go early in next year’s MLB Amateur Draft.
Vientos hit .321 as a junior for the Falcons and has been a key part of their infield defense the past three seasons. He is also a UM commitment.
Suarez has coached the Firebirds to the regional playoffs each of the past two seasons, winning a district title in 2015. He won four state championships at Brito from 1996 to 2002, and guided the Panthers to another three state runnerup finishes.
“I’m really excited for this,” Suarez said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity.”
During his career, Suarez has had 17 players drafted and nearly 30sign with Division I colleges, including Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez and former Nationals pitcher Chris Garcia.
▪ Toral earned MaxPreps first team Medium Schools All-American honors.
Calvary Christian catcher Max Guzman and SLAM Academy infielder Jeter Downs each earned second-team honors.
Downs, the Miami Herald’s Miami-Dade County Class 6A-2A Player of the Year, hit .475 with eight home runs and 33 RBI and stole 26 bases as he led the Titans to their first regional final. He recently committed to UM.
Guzman, the Herald’s Broward County Class 6A-2A Player of the Year, hit .467 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI to lead Calvary Christian to its first state title this past season.
American Heritage rising senior offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton Jr. was named to the MaxPreps Preseason All-America team for medium-size schools. Slaton, a 6-3, 330-pound guard, is considered the No. 3 overall prospect at his position by 24-7sports.com. Slaton has numerous scholarship offers from major FBS schools.