2016 St. Pete Showcase June 21-22
The Indy Pro Showcase has announced it’s St. Petersburg dates for 2016. We get such great talent there every year and we have had players go on to have All Star minor league seasons each year from the St. Petersburg “post draft” camp. It’s a way for the overlooked player in the draft to get a contract on the spot and start their pro career immediately, said IPS co founder, Nick Belmonte. “We can’t wait to get back there and help these kids that don’t get drafted. We tradionally get a player from this showcase get on Baseball America’s Top Ten Indy Prospect list”, added Dave Marcon, IPs co founder. The Indy Pro Showcase The St. Petersburg Showcase will be held once again at:
The Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
7901 26th Ave. N. Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710
Sign in between 8:30-9:00am
Josh Blanco Signs with the Rangers
April 23rd, 2016, the OTTAWA CHAMPIONS lost a key component of their bullpen as the TEXAS RANGERS have purchased the rights to ” 2015 Indy Pro Showcase participant” JOSH BLANCO and signed him to a two-year minor league contract.“I hadn’t pitched in four years and the Indy Pro Showcase gave me a chance”. “This is why you come to the showcase”, said IPS Co Founder Nick Belmonte. “He hadn’t pitched in a while but even at 25 years old, we believed in him as soon as we saw him” Belmonte added. BLANCO, now 26, appeared in 33 games for Ottawa in 2015, compiling a 3-2 record with a 2.45 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. “He took the opportunity we gave him and ran with it. He deserves this !”, said IPS Co Founder Dave Marcon.
Ft. Myers Showcase February 24 – 25
The Indy Pro Showcase is announcing the dates of the Ft. Myers which is February 24-25, at the Lee County Player Development Complex, 4301 Edison Ave, Ft. Myers, Fl 33916. “The Indy Pro Showcase is the first of the year and team rosters are just starting to be built, many players are able to get a job from this showcase.”, says IPS co Founder Nick Belmonte. RHP Nick Anderson who was signed by the Frontier Greys last year at the 2015 Ft Myers Indy Pro Showcase had his contract picked up by the Minnesota Twins mid season. “Can’t wait to see who that happens to this year”, Dave Marcon, IPS co-founder added. Space at the Indy Pro Showcase is limited as to insure the player gets to show what he can do. In addition, each player attending will have a personal evaluation on site after the 2 day showcase. Indy Pro Showcase has gotten over 1300 players jobs in the nine years of its existence.
IPS Houston 2016 April dates tba
Indy Pro Showcase St. Petersburg 2014 participant catcher Dylan Kelly has had his contract picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks. “One of the best decisions I’ve made was to come to the Indy Pro Showcase. It helped me get seen by the right people, get signed, and gave me the opportunity I have now with the Diamondbacks” said Kelly. Kelly who played his college ball for Missouri was sent by Indy Pro Showcase co founder Nick Belmonte immediately from last year’s showcase to the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters. After a .350 start this season the DBacks purchased his contract on May 29th. “Dylan is another example of how over 800 players we have gotten a chance to play pro baseball can get their start at our Indy Pro Showcase. We are especially proud of our players that get their start from us and get to affiliated baseball. IPS alums Cody Satterwhite is on the brink being on the Mets AAA club while DBacks Brandon Sinnery is doing well in AA with the Dbacks. It wasn’t that long ago they were at our showcase “…Nick Belmonte
June 23-24 St. Petersburg Showcase
The Indy Pro Showcase is once again excited to have their “Post Draft” showcase in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex(7901 30th Ave N, St Petersburg, Fl 33710). This showcase for years has proven to be the most successful showcase as the talented players not drafted in the MLB draft will be able to still start their pro careers via Independent League baseball. “We send players from this showcase right to the Indy teams in the middle of their season and they have produced every year”, said Nick Belmonte, co-Founder of IPS. “We had Baseball America’s top Indy Prospect last year in Eric Anderson. That was the 3rd time Baseball America has bestowed that honor to one of our showcase players. We have also had affiliates sign players right at our showcase as well”, he added. Space is limited so please fill out the registration form and reserve a spot now!
Houston Showcase April 21-22
The Indy Pro Showcase will be back for the 7th straight year in Houston at Baseball USA April 21-22 for its second showcase of the season. The showcase comes on the heels of the very successful Ft. Myers Showcase, where 35% of the participants received contract offers. The 2014 Indy Pro Showcase in Houston was an amazing success where over 70% of the attendees got contract offers to play in 5 different independent leagues. The 2013 Houston Indy Pro Showcase included the signing of pitcher Cody Satterwhite who is in “Big League” camp with the New York Mets. “ Houston has been such a fertile ground for us the last 6 years. The talent there is always among the best we see. We can’t wait to go back and start some players on there journey”, said IPS co-founder Nick Belmonte. The Indy Pro Showcase has had many players elected to Baseball America’s Top Ten Indy Prospect List including last year’s Baseball America number one prospect, rhp Eric Anderson. As always, the Indy Pro Showcase is a limited space event so sign up now and reserve your spot to have a chance of starting or continuing your pro career.
Indy Pro Showcase’s Eric Anderson
Indy Pro Showcase’s Eric Anderson named number one Independent League prospect
It was announced that Indy Pro Showcase discovery right handed pitcher Eric Anderson was selected by Baseball America as the number one unsigned independent league prospect for the 2014 season.
The list was selected by J.J. Cooper of Baseball America. Cooper said that to put the list together he used his scouting information from his files, as many of these guys were big name college players, and he spoke to the managers and player personnel from around the various independent leagues. “We are very proud of Eric and what he accomplished with the opportunity we gave him in the Frontier League. This is the second #1 Prospect we’ve had in the last 4 years(Marshall Schuler 2011). This is the reason why undrafted players need to come to an Indy Pro Showcase in 2015. You could be that guy next year”, said IPS founder Nick Belmonte
The Indy Pro Showcase
The Indy Pro Showcase was created by Nick Belmonte and Dave Marcon to help the players that were not drafted or were not seen by professional scouts to fulfill their dream of playing professional baseball. To find the proverbial “diamond in the rough”. To date, Nick and Dave have helped (signed) over 1,200 players fulfill their dreams. The goal is to find that player that was overlooked and get him playing immediately.
In the last three years alone, 9 players discovered through the Indy Pro Showcase have been signed by MLB organizations!