40 Players to take part in Instructional League like Training Camp
Major League Baseball International is holding its first-ever MLB African Academy at the facilities of the Athlone A’s Baseball Club in Cape Town, South Africa from December 6 to 15, 2011. 40 players from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Kenya take part in the Instructional League like training camp.
The best young players from Africa are invited to make the next step in their development. The coaching staff includes Major League experienced coaches Rick Magnante, German Geigel and Lee Smith. Besides the practices sessions and games on the field there also will be classroom seminars in conditioning, health and nutrition. MLB scouts will be on hand to evaluate the skills of each player.
Invited Players at the MLB African Academy in Cape Town:
Last Name First Name Nation Position Ajayi Omokoje Peter Nigeria RHP, OF Aklesi Michael Ghana C Asavela Zithutha South Africa RHP Bibis Kyron South Africa 3B, OF Blount Adrian South Africa SS Brummer Courtney South Africa OF Clarke Keenan South Africa C Ebersoh Rowan South Africa LHP Einu Timothy Uganda OF, SS Frost Javier South Africa OF, 3B Gabriel David Nigeria SS, 3B Gachi Christ Cameroon LHP Gaddin Kyle South Africa RHP Gonsu Kevin Cameroon SS Grundling Gareth South Africa 1B Koff Devon South Africa RHP Kotei Henry Ghana RHP, SS Larkins Matthew South Africa RHP, OF Lebebe Michael South Africa LHP, OF Lubega Jordan Uganda SS, 1B Mafany Sihle South Africa RHP Mahoney Marvin South Africa 3B Manyeki Brian Kenya 1B Mashile Samuel South Africa C Merrick Wesley South Africa C Murdoza Rodney Zimbabwe 1B, SS Mustapha Abbas Kenya RHP, 1B Ocen David Uganda 3B Okello Benard Uganda UTIL Palmer Keegan South Africa OF Pearce Callan South Africa RHP Phiri Sumani Zimbabwe LHP, 1B, OF Signi Jo Jo Michael Cameroon C Siphelo Gadudu South Africa RHP Ssekandi Jimmy Uganda SS, 2B Stoltz Tyrone South Africa C Tawede Akinyemi Nigeria LHP, 1B Tenesi Tapiwa Zimbabwe RHP, OF Tighe Rowan South Africa 2B Wafula Paul Uganda OF