Thursday, February 10, 2011
Gretzky, Garvey sons to participate in showcase
By Jim Barrero
Trevor Gretzky and Ryan Garvey, sons of Wayne Gretzky and Steve Garvey, are two of the of the many players who will be participating in Saturday's fifth annual Southern California Invitational Showcase.
The event, which is put on by the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, will take place at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Pregame drills begin at 10:15 a.m. with a game scheduled for 1-4 p.m.
The showcase is an opportunity for MLB scouts, scouting directors and general managers to assess some of Southern California's top high school talent as they look ahead to June's first-year player draft.
Trevor Gretzky is a first baseman for Oaks Christian High. He has signed to play for coach Tony Gwynn next season at San Diego State. Ryan Garvey plays third base and right field for Palm Desert High. Wayne Gretzky is the NHL's all-time leading scorer and led the Kings to their only Stanley Cup appearance in 1993. Steve Garvey played for the Dodgers from 1969 to '82 and helped lead the team to four World Series appearances and one title (1981).
The MLB Urban Youth Academy is located at El Camino College, Compton Center, 901 East Artesia Blvd., Compton, 90221. For more information, call (310) 763-3479 or visit the organization's website.