Ollie Thompson selected for MLB Academies Tournament

Thu 1 Mar 2018

GB Under-23 baseball player Ollie Thompson has been selected by the MLB Scouting Bureau to play in the 2018 MLB European Academies Tournament, which will be held in Sant Boi, near Barcelona, Spain, from 20-28 March.

This year, Ollie is the sole British athlete to be chosen, but last year he also made the roster for the annual event along with Conner Brown.

Ollie played for the Essex Arrows last season in the National Baseball League and  made his international debut for the GB Junior Team in the 2016 European Championship.  He was selected to the roster for the GB Under-23 Team last season.
 

MLB Academies Tournament

The MLB Academies Tournament and its associated camp will be hosted by Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Spanish Baseball Federation and the Sant Boi Baseball Club.

The MLB Academies Tournament brings together the very best young baseball players from the various Europe Academies to compete and prepare for the upcoming baseball season and to train with top Major League Baseball instructors and Federation coaches.

All the Federations and Academies in Europe owe a big thanks to Major League Baseball for organising the event and for the support that they give to the sport in Europe.


Opportunity

GB Baseball Head Coach Liam Carroll said: “I’m thrilled for Ollie that his hard work has been rewarded with selection to this prestigious event, and excited that our High Performance Academy will once again be represented.   Competition for places on the European All-Star roster is fierce, and it’s a testament to the calibre of the HPA that British players continue to earn selection.

“Ollie will have the opportunity to showcase his abilities in front of scouts from many MLB organisations,” Liam added, “an opportunity that I hope is afforded more young British talents in the future via selection to the HPA.”

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