Clovis High junior Jake Gatewood has been selected to the the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will feature 36 of the nation’s best underclassmen Aug. 24 at Wrigley Field.
The 1:30 p.m. (CST) game will be televised nationally on MLB Network.
Players are selected by a committee from the Baseball Factory, which develops programs nationally to help groom baseball players.
Gatewood is a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder shortstop/pitcher/outfielder who has committed to USC.
He’s hitting .320 and is 5-1 with a 2.02 earned-run average for the Cougars (24-8), who will play at Clovis North (25-6) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in a Central Section Division I semifinal.
The winner will play either Stockdale or Buchanan Friday in the championship.
“Jacob is a tall, athletic infielder who has demonstrated big power at the plate,” said Steve Bernhardt, chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game selection committee. “He has a loose swing with bat speed and leverage, allowing him to drive the ball to all parts of the park. With a knack for making the game look easy, he will be fun to watch at Wrigley Field this summer.”
In the past five years, 118 of the 138 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 34 first-round picks.