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Major League Youth Academy hosts minority players

COMPTON — A three-day breakthrough series for 60 minority student athletes from 10 states continues June 29 and 30 at the MLB Youth Academy Complex here.

The event, hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, serves as an opportunity for on-field development for the young players as well as a showcase for professional scouts and collegiate recruiters.

Students invited to participate will be high school juniors or seniors when school begins in August.

In addition to the on-field action, participants will receive direct instruction, insight and mentorship from an impressive list of former Major League players, general managers, coaches and executives.

The list includes South L.A. native Eric Davis, who played baseball at Fremont High before going on to stardom with the Cincinnati Reds.

Darrell Miller, who ran the Compton MLB Youth Academy Complex before being promoted to vice president of youth facility and development for Major League Baseball, also is on hand to provide guidance to the young players.

Miller is the brother of basketball standouts Reggie and Cheryl Miller, who starred at UCLA and USC, respectively.

Also providing instruction are Dmitri Young, Latroy Hawkins, Darren Oliver, Mike Davis, Jerry Manuel and Brian Hunter.

The young players spent June 28 working out before the instructors. After morning workouts June 29, the players will play in a game that afternoon.

After a morning game June 30, the players will be bused to Anaheim Stadium, where they will get to take batting practice on the field and meet members of the Los Angeles Angels.

Nearly 160 previous participants of the Breakthrough Series have been selected in the Major League Draft, including 16 players in the 2017 Draft.

Additionally, participants in previous Breakthrough Series events have committed to collegiate baseball programs at Arizona State, University of Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, UC Irvine, USC, San Diego State, Vanderbilt and more.