Wesely threw no-hitters this season against San Joaquin Athletic Association rivals Lincoln and Chavez in the regular season, and against Tokay in the playoffs. But he’s quick to credit the Bulldogs defense and the team’s hitters at the plate for their support in those wins.
With such performances on his resume, Wesely, who won his second consecutive SJAA Pitcher of the Year award this season, has college coaches and scouts seeking to gain his attention and get him on their team.
His notoriety has earned him an invite by the Perfect Game All-American Classic invited to tryout for the group’s event, the Perfect Game National Showcase, from Thursday, June 14 to Monday, June 18, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
“It’s the biggest high school honor you can have for baseball,” Wesely said. “There’s a pretty long list of major leaguers who have played in the All-American Classic.”
The rising senior has already made a verbal commitment to play for the NCAA Division I University of California, Los Angeles Bruins before his junior year, and expects to sign his letter of intend in the fall.
Now he is among 304 incoming seniors from around the U.S. divided into 12 teams that will go through a weekend of practices, drills and games at the Metrodome.
Wesely said he is confident that he will make good on the opportunity offered to him and finish the weekend among the top 50 at the event. They will be divided into the West and East teams scheduled to play in the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic at PETCO Park in San Diego on Aug. 12. The event was previously named the Aflac All-American Classic.
In 10 years Perfect Game USA, a scouting organization and showcase tournament organizer based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has grown into its role in the selection of the Aflac All-American players through its National Showcase tournament. Selection for the All-American honor is a good indication that a player will be a top prospect when the Major League Baseball draft comes around.
Aflac All-American alumni include the San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who played in the 2006 All-American game, and Giants catcher Buster Posey, who played in the 2004 game. Both were first round draft picks, with Bumgarner joining the Giants organization his first year out of high school.
Among the high school seniors in last year’s game, when the name was changed to the Perfect Game All-American Classic, 17 were first-round draft picks and 24 were picked up in later rounds.