Rancho Bernardo pitcher Drew Finley will take the mound Sunday at Petco Park. Hayne Palmour IV
What: 12th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic
When: Sunday; home run challenge 4:15 p.m.; game 5:15 p.m.
Where: Petco Park
Format: East vs. West featuring 50 of the best senior-to-be high school players in the nation
TV: MLB Network
Charity: Rady Children’s Hospital
Their summer travel schedule reads like something out of Google Maps, but pitcher Drew Finley and outfielder Kyle Dean wouldn’t have it any other way.
The showcase circuit has taken the pair of Rancho Bernardo High players to Florida for the Perfect Game Nationals, then to North Carolina for the Tournament of Stars.
They split up with Finley going to Georgia for a tournament and Dean going to Arizona for a Perfect Game event.
They reunited for the Area Code Games in Long Beach this week and will be on the West squad for Sunday’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
“It has been crazy, but I love it,” Dean said. “We both knew what we were getting into at the start of the summer, but playing baseball is what we love.”
After Sunday’s game, Dean leaves for Chicago for the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field.
Then it’s one more stop for both players in Houston for the Team USA 18U Nationals.
Good to be home
Finley worked two shutout innings in the Area Code Games on Wednesday for the Brewers against the Yankees.
Flashing a fastball between 88-92 mph, Finley struck out three, walked one and didn’t give up a hit. He was allowed to leave Long Beach after the game to come home and prepare for Sunday’s game in San Diego.
Dean is expected to start in right field for the West in Sunday’s game. He had two hits in the Brewers’ first game and two walks Wednesday.
Dean was asked to stay for a Thursday game against the A’s before leaving to join his Perfect Game teammates.
There were more than a dozen players in last year’s Perfect Game All-American Classic taken in the first round of June’s pro baseball draft, with their signing bonuses totaling more than $30 million:
Pitcher Brady Aiken (No. 1, Astros), pitcher Tyler Kolek (No. 2, Marlins), catcher Alex Jackson (No. 6, Mariners), pitcher Kodi Medeiros (No. 12, Brewers), pitcher Touki Toussaint (No. 16, Diamondbacks), pitcher Grant Holmes (No. 22, Dodgers), outfielder Derek Hill (No. 23,), infielder Michael Chavis (No. 26, Red Sox), pitcher Foster Griffin (No. 28, Royals), pitcher Luis Ortiz (No. 30, Rangers), pitcher Justus Sheffield (No. 31, Indians), outfielder Braxton Davidson (No. 32, Braves), pitcher Michael Kopech (No. 33, Red Sox), pitcher Jack Flaherty (No. 34, Cardinals), catcher Chase Vallot (No. 40, Royals) and infielder Jacob Greenwood (No. 41, Brewers).
In addition, there were eight second-rounders and two third-rounders.
Of the 19 pitchers in last year’s game, 18 hit 91 mph or better on the radar gun, nine hit 95 mph or better and Kolek hit 99.
Of the 50 players in Sunday’s game, 12 have been ranked among the top 30 in the nation for the 2015 draft by MLB or Bleacher Report.
The top-ranked player in the game is outfielder Dazmon Cameron out of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in Georgia. Ranked as the top 2015 prospect, Cameron is the son of former big league outfielder Mike Cameron.
Outfielders Dean, Kyle Tucker, Jahmai Jones and Ryan Johnson, shortstops Brendan Rodgers and Nick Shumpert, catcher Chris Betts and pitchers Thomas Szapucki, Justin Hooper and Kyle Molnar are the others ranked in the top 30.