February 08, 2012 - All high school athletes dream about playing in an All-American game for their respective sport.
Dylan Peck and teammate Jake Forsten, at last season's home game against Lake Orion. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
Dylan Peck, a senior at Clarkston High School, lived the dream as he was elected to play in the 2011-2012 Under Armour Preseason All-American Showcase.
Peck, well-known prep baseball player in the metro area, was first invited to attend a regional tryout at Adrian College for the showcase at the end of last summer.
Regional tryouts were scheduled all over the country, and the top players were invited to attend the national showcase, Jan. 12-15, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.
"I was confident going into the regional tryout but I really had no idea if I was going to be chosen. I just thought I would give it a shot," said Peck.
Out of the 100 participants who attended the regional tryout, Peck was the only one chosen to go to Tucson.
"I was pretty amazed at first. I thought to myself, 'really? I was the only one?' It was a great honor but an even better opportunity. The best baseball players in the country were all going to play together for a weekend and I was chosen as one of them. It was pretty exciting for me," he said.
According to Peck, the showcase not only featured the top players in the country, but also some of the top players in the world.
Peck. Photo provided (click for larger version)
The roster included players from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and several other Latin American countries. The weekend itinerary included training sessions where players could showcase their skills to scouts, games between different teams, and to top the weekend off an All-American, East vs. West All-star game.
"It was probably the best experience of my baseball career. I faced the toughest competition I've ever seen, played with players I will probably see in the majors in the next couple of years. I got to participate in an 'All-American' game, which is something pretty rare," said Peck.
Peck claimed the best part about attending the Under Armour All-American showcase was the presence of professional scouts from almost every major league.
The fact Peck is in the category as a possible future major leaguer is incredible, and places him in a special category among local high school baseball players.
"I spoke to several scouts but I was approached by scouts from the Philadelphia Phillies and the Detroit Tigers, who sat down and talked to me for awhile," stated Peck.
Peck is a four-year varsity starter at the catcher position and plans to play college baseball for a Division 1 school but has not decided where yet.
Gabe Comos is a junior at Clarkston High School.