PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf coast's Frazier Field isn't packed for a big game, but those in attendance are the most important observers these high school baseball players have ever had.
This weekend is the Top 100 North Florida College Prospect Series, an invitation-only showcase. 100 players are selected by coaches and scouts of influence in the region and measured in a variety of drills.
Among schools in our area, Mosley leads the way with six selections.
Bozeman and Bay sent four each, while Arnold, Rutherford, North Bay Haven, Port St. Joe and many others schools also had athletes participate
This opportunity is equally valuable to players and coaches.
"We do a recruiting seminar for them. I kind of tell them how the whole process works," Gulf Coast head coach Michael Kandler said. "Then they actually play two games. A lot of these coaches get an opportunity to see them in a lot of different ways. We have a lot of kids over the years that, this was their starting point for how they got recruited to the school they ended up at."
"A lot of kids will be added to rosters and added to a list of guys we need to go back and see," Florida A&M head coach Jamey Shouppe added. "So yeah, it's a win win for the kids and it's a win win for the coaches."
The Top 100 Series has been a fixture at Gulf Coast for more than a decade. Although it's not the only event of its kind, it's a favorite among the coaches who attend each year.
"It's really important for us as coaches," South Alabama assistant coach Chris Prothro said. "We're able to see guys not just playing a game over the course of the weekend, but actually being able to display their skills as far as their throwing ability, running ability, what they look like when they get to take multiple swings at batting practice. So it gives you really the full look."
Following the Top 100 weekend, coaches will zero in on players who piqued their interest and arrange recruiting visits in the following months.