Tupelo Christian baseball coach Will Lowrey is making sure Mississippi baseball players get as many eyes on them as possible.
His first BSN Sports Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at TCPS. It’s an invitation-only, state-wide event and is free to the athletes.
“The market is pretty loaded with showcases right now and unfortunately for some it’s priced out of what some kids can afford,” Lowrey said.
Lowrey has invited college and pro scouts to evaluate 130 of Mississippi’s best high school baseball players. There are two teams each for ninth-11th grades and four teams for incoming seniors. Seniors and juniors will participate on Wednesday, sophomores and freshmen on Thursday.
Lowrey, who did private lessons before his coaching career, is wanting to make the event yearly, from an event coaches and scouts are intrigued by to an event they add to their calendars.
“We have a lot of plans to grow this thing, especially to have a year of planning and also to have one year under our belt,” Lowrey said. “And to have the high school coaches and college coaches and everybody to see the finished product and what it can be.”
The list of attendees includes Daily Journal Player of the Year, junior Jacob Wilcher, and sophomore Nikolas Wilcher of Class 3A champ Kossuth.
Prep, college and pro scouts took part in the invitation selection process. Players will go through a seven-inning game, 60-yard dash, velocity readings, shuttle runs and other skill trials.
The event is open to the public. All-day admission is $10 and concessions will be available. Lowrey intends to keep it free to players through sponsorship.
“This will give us a true assessment of what Mississippi has and be an opportunity for some kids who are maybe missing out,” he said.