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Apr '14 08

MLB Academies Spring Tournament Brings Europe’s Top Talents to Italy



by MLB Europe

The seventh annual MLB Academies Spring Tournament took place in Tirrenia and Livorno, Italy from March 30 – April 5. In total, 170 players from eight nations competed in 20 games under the watchful eyes of national team coaches, MLB staff and scouts. Games were played at the CONI Olympic Training Center in Tirrenia and also, for the first time with this event, at the Livorno Baseball Club.

The Spring Tournament offers players who train in MLB-supported academies with the chance to play meaningful, competitive games prior to their regular seasons. For many, it’s their first chance to play outside following a long winter of training. It also allows the academy coaches to run an intensive “Spring Training” style schedule of practices and games. Adding to the mix, MLB strength and conditioning specialist Jeff Krushell was on hand to check players had followed through with their off-season programs.

As one of the premier showcases of European talent, the Spring Tournament was once again heavily scouted by Major League clubs, with 16 organizations sending representatives to evaluate the players along with the MLB Scouting Bureau.

The MLB Academies Spring Tournament kick starts a busy 2014 schedule of Major League Baseball programs in Europe, including Elite Camp try-outs in May, the MLB Pitching and Hitting Mini Camp in July, the MLB European Elite Camp in August and the inaugural MLB Academies Fall Tournament in October.

Date

Time

Field

Visitors

 

Home

 

Duration

Sun, 30 March

10:30

Tirrenia

Czech Republic

10

Belgium

4

7 innings

14:00

Tirrenia

Czech Republic

3

Belgium

11

7 innings

Mon, 31 March

10:30

Tirrenia

Germany

4

Netherlands

12

9 innings

10:30

Livorno

Austria

5

Belgium

13

9 innings

15:30

Tirrenia

Czech Republic

9

Italy

11

9 innings

Tues, 1 April

10:30

Tirrenia

France

4

Germany

6

9 innings

10:30

Livorno

Czech Republic

11

Austria

1

7 innings

15:30

Tirrenia

Netherlands

4

Italy

7

9 innings

15:30

Livorno

Czech Republic

12

Belgium

5

7 innings

Wed, 2 April

10:30

Tirrenia

Sweden

3

Czech Republic

7

9 innings

10:30

Livorno

Belgium

5

France

2

9 innings

15:30

Tirrenia

Germany

8

Italy

11

9 innings

Thurs, 3 April

10:30

Tirrenia

Sweden

15

Belgium

8

9 innings

10:30

Livorno

France

12

Austria

5

9 innings

15:30

Tirrenia

Italy

4

Netherlands

8

9 innings

15:30

Livorno

Czech Republic

10

Germany

8

9 innings

Fri, 4 April

 

 

Tirrenia

Germany

 

France

 

Rained out

15:30

Livorno

Belgium

10

Sweden

3

9 innings

 

Tirrenia

Netherlands

 

Italy

 

Rained out

 

Livorno

Austria

 

Czech Republic

 

Rained out

Sat, 5 April

09:00

Tirrenia

Belgium

6

Czech Republic

4

7 innings

12:00

Tirrenia

France

13

Sweden

1

7 innings

15:30

Tirrenia

Netherlands

6

Germany

1

9 innings

 




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