Three local players and one coach taking part in FACA All Star Classic This Weekend

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Three local players and one local coach are getting set to pack up and head to Lakeland for a weekend of high caliber baseball.

Three recent graduates, Caden Turrell of Port St. Joe, along with Jaden Rudd and Coleman Rowan of Mosley, have been chosen to represent the North squad in this weekend’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association Annual Baseball Classic. The North team one of four that will send players to Joker Marchant Stadium for some workouts in front of pro and college scouts, and then play two games each, one Saturday and one Sunday. Mosley’s Jon Hudson, fresh off his team’s 5A State Championship, is one of the North team’s assistant coaches.

“This is the cream of the crop for any kind of all star game.” coach Hudson told me Wednesday afternoon. “This is where the scouts are at. It’s the best players in the State of Florida. You take two players from every district, some districts only get one. So to have two off the same team head down there it says something for our program. And for the way these guys work. And it’s really a feather in their cap to go to the FACA All Star game.“

“It means a lot.” Port St. Joe recent graduate Caden Turrell told me Wednesday night. “St. Joe has done a lot for me since I moved over here, I’m originally from Apalachicola. St. Joe has showed me a lot of love since I got there. So to be able to wear it one last time and to show out for the city that’s gonna be big.”

“It’s very exciting. For me this is very special because Friday morning when I leave it’s the last time I’ll be here because I’m moving down to play baseball in Tampa. So to have just that one last hurrah in the Mosley uniform, with the Mosley baseball hat on, the Mosley green, and potentially with J-Rudd on the mound, it’s very exciting. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a week now.”

All three of the local players participating in this trip have college scholarships already in hand. Turrell to Southern Union, Rudd to Notre Dame, and Rowan to Lipscomb. Still getting the chance to show their talents one more time in front of dozens of professional scouts is a pretty big deal, with the MLB draft looming in early July.

“You know this is the chance, right before the draft starts, they have the All Star game.” Hudson said. “All the scouts get to come in and see the top talent in the state of Florida. They get one last look at these guys against good competition, before they make their decisions for the draft. And there will be several first round draft picks and plenty of top five round draft picks at this event.

“Well I try not to worry too much about who’s out there watching.” Jaden Rudd told me. “The only thing I’m worried about is showing up to play, showing up focused and trying to put my best performance on the field. And it’s super exciting to be able to play against the best in the State. And hopefully I can showcase what I can do out there.”

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