Tabb Selected for Breakthrough Series

Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, MS) High School's Donnie Tabb, one of the top baseball players in Mississippi's Class of 2009, has been selected to play in the inaugural Breakthrough Series at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, during the week of July 21, 2008.

"Next week I will be in Compton, California (playing in the Beakthrough Series)," said Tabb, who was selected by Art Gardner of the Major League Scouting Bureau. "I'm looking forward to it. We are going to play a couple of games and watch the Los Angeles Angels play."

The event is designed to showcase rising high school junior and senior baseball players from urban areas throughout the United States who have not participated in other travel and high-end tournaments, giving the players considerable exposure. (1)

The tournament will consist of three teams selected by the Major League Scouting Bureau, the MLB Urban Youth Academy and the Atlanta-based organization Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP), which focuses on supporting young athletes in both academic and athletic settings to obtain college scholarships. (1)

The Major League Scouting Bureau and the MVP teams will comprise players selected from tryouts across the country, while the Academy's team will be made up primarily of players from Southern California. (1)

Tabb is expected to play for the Major League Scouting Bureau team.

Games are to be played Tuesday and Thursday.

Tuesday, July 22

  • 9 a.m. PT: MVP vs. MLSB
  • 1 p.m. PT: MLSB vs. UYA
  • 4:30 p.m. PT: UYA vs. MVP

    Thursday, July 24

  • 9 a.m. PT: MLSB vs. MVP
  • 1 p.m. PT: UYA vs. MLSB
  • 4:30 p.m. PT: MVP vs. UYA

    But the tournament is only one of the exciting things going on in Tabb's life these days. College coaches are also showing serious interest in him - as a hitter and pitcher.

    "I play infield, outfield and pitch," said Tabb. "I normally throw 87 to 88 and I have topped out at 93. But I am a better hitter. I just have a good eye for the ball."

    So far, four schools are showing him the most interest.

    "Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Samford and Memphis are recruiting me," said Tabb. "State has already offered (a scholarship)."

    Tabb just recently visited Mississippi State and came away impressed with what he saw.

    "I visited Mississippi State Monday," said Tabb. "The visit went good. I got to meet (Assistant) Coach Lane Burroughs, (Head) Coach John Cohen. And I liked them."

    And State appears to be the frontrunner at this point in his recruitment.

    "I like both Mississippi State and Ole Miss, but I really want to go to State," said Tabb, who is expected to play outfield and pitch in relief in college. "I have been wanting to go to State since I was little. I have always seen myself playing for them."

    With an offer from State in-hand and being a State fan, could a commitment be on the immediate horizon?

    "I'm thinking about committing, but I haven't yet," said Tabb, who has been told by the State coaching staff that he will play outfield and close for the Bulldogs.

    Keep it on for the latest on Donnie Tabb.

    (1) Source: Press Release

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