11/12/2010 3:30 PM - CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Perfect Game USA has evolved into the world’s largest independent baseball scouting service. Now it will broaden its horizons by becoming intricately involved in the rapidly growing ranks of summer college baseball.The Cedar Rapids-based organization announced today that it will join forces with a new summer league in upstate New York that will begin operations in 2011. The league will be known as the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
The PGCBL will open with at least eight clubs, essentially those that broke away from the New York Collegiate League, following the 2010 season. The league will consist of teams in Albany, Amsterdam, Cooperstown, Elmira, Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley, Newark and Watertown—all located in upstate New York. It’s also possible that at least two other clubs could join the league in time for the 2011 season.
In addition to naming rights, Perfect Game will actively assist the new league in identifying and recruiting top college and junior-college prospects. It will also utilize various ball parks around the league to stage regional showcase events and tournaments, the staple of Perfect Game’s traditional business model. With more than 80 national and regional events annually, and other events it actively scouts, Perfect Game has access to upwards of 25,000 top high-school players each year.
“This relationship should enhance both the league and our organization,” said Jerry Ford, Perfect Game president. “With all the talented high-school players that we see, and establish relationships with each year, our job revolves around recruiting and the major league draft. We now have an avenue to stay involved with a lot of these players once they are in college by helping to place them into a high-quality summer-league.
“We’re very confident that with our involvement, along with some strong, established communities in upstate New York, and seasoned operators in place to run the clubs, that we’ll quickly establish the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League as one of the nation’s best within two or three years. We’re very excited about this new association.”
In most cases, the league will move into communities once occupied by teams in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. The league will attract players from top college and junior-college programs around the country, and commence play in early June.
“We greatly appreciate our experience in the New York Collegiate League,” said new league president Brian Spagnola, “but it was evident that several clubs were ready to move on to a new challenge, to a faster level of competition.
“We have a solid business model in place with established baseball cities in a new, streamlined alignment, and our association with Perfect Game should enable us to attract the kind of player that will quickly make our new summer league one of the nation’s best within a short period of time. We’re very excited about our partnership.”