ATLANTA, GA- Cherokee Braves baseball standout Emiliano Garcia will be representing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Cherokee High School on June 24th and 25th, as he suits up for the Atlanta Braves second annual Native American All-Star Baseball Showcase.
Just a freshman on last year’s Varsity baseball team, Emiliano Garcia batted a smooth .300 and drove in double digit RBIs at the plate for the Cherokee Braves.
The top 45 high school baseball players of Native American descent will participate, representing over 30 tribal affiliations from 13 states around North America, including North Carolina, Mississippi, California, Oklahoma, and Canada.
“We look forward to recognizing the unique talents that Native youth bring to our sport during the second annual Native American All-Star Baseball Showcase,” said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO. “We received tremendous feedback from the student-athletes who participated in last year’s event and are proud to make this an annual tradition alongside our Native American partners and friends. The weekend will not only provide an unforgettable experience for the players, but also help as they look to take their baseball careers to the next level.”
The pro-style workout on Saturday, June 24 will be executed by Marquis Grissom Baseball Association and will focus on defensive work, fielding, throwing, and catcher pop times. Four to six players will be selected during Saturday’s batting practice to participate in a Home Run Derby that afternoon following the workout.
There will be two teams for the showcase game on Sunday, each with a 25-man roster. Each roster will include at least ten pitchers and two dedicated catchers. Major League Baseball former players Marquis Grissom, Johnny Estrada, Marvin Freeman, and Lou Collier will coach the teams. As part of the showcase, the Atlanta Braves will utilize TrackMan Baseball, a leading technology company in sports analytics, to capture, track and deliver player statistics to help players improve their game.