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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Jul. 14, 2017 2 months ago

Winter Garden Squeeze standout Sadler Goodwin heading to Southeast Prospects event

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Goodwin, the team-leader in RBIs, home runs and doubles, will get a chance to show what he's got during the three-day event involving four other collegiate summer leagues.
by: Steven Ryzewski Sports Editor

Of 30 players selected from the Florida Collegiate Summer League to attend this weekends Southeast Prospect Showcase, Sadler Goodwin was the lone player from the Winter Garden Squeeze selected.

The event is in its fifth year, having originated in 2013 with the Florida League's prospects playing a team of prospects from Georgia's Sunbelt League. This time around it has evolved to include five total leagues: the Florida and Sunbelt leagues, as well as the Southern, Valley and Ripken leagues. 

The event is an important opportunity for players to show their skill in front of professional scouts.

This year, the event is taking place in Kannapolis, N.C., at Intimidator Stadium — home of the Class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The festivities begin Friday night with a scout showcase and tournament play will take place Saturday and Sunday throughout the day, with each team guaranteed at least two games. 

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our players to showcase their talents at a national level against high level competition," said Florida League President Rob Sitz in a release. "It's great to see how the event has grown over the years, from two teams to five. The support of the scouts and Major League Baseball has helped give hundreds of college players a unique opportunity to move on to the next level."

Goodwin, who will attend Troy University this fall, leads the Squeeze in RBIs (26), home runs (four), doubles (nine) and is tied for the team lead in hits (25, with Drew Frederic).

The Squeeze are currently 11-15 this summer, good for fifth-place in the six-team league with just over two weeks to play before the playoffs begin.

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