Bradenton, FL – 11 June 2008 – IMG Academy is proud to announce that two of its full-time Baseball Academy students have been drafted in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Tyler Pastornicky, drafted in the 5th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, has spent the last four years training at the Baseball Academy and attending the IMG Academy School. Kyle Allen, drafted in the 24th round by the NY Mets, has spent the last year training at the Baseball Academy. Both have also received offers from Division I institutions. Tyler has signed a letter of intent to play at Florida State University. Kyle has received a scholarship offer from NC State.
“In my time as a teacher and coach I have never felt more proud for two student-athletes who through hard work, dedication, and desire have accomplished a childhood dream. I wish both of them the best of luck in continuing the chase of their dream and without any reservation know that they will represent their family, themselves, and the Baseball Academy the same way they did at IMG Academy.” - Kevin Sharp, Head Coach at the Baseball Academy.
“Tyler’s selection was certainly not by accident. He is a great example of how a talented, hard working individual developed during his 4 years at the Baseball Academy. We are very proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best. Tyler will undoubtedly continue his success at the next level.” Steve Frey, Pitching Coach at the Baseball Academy
“Kyle has always been regarded as a top prospect across the state of Florida. During his year at the academy, Kyle demonstrated a strong work ethic which allowed him to enhance his game both physically and mentally. We are excited to follow Kyle’s career at the next level.” Steve Frey
For further information about the Baseball Academy, please contact Nick Phelps, Business Manager, at 941-739-7480.
For more information about IMG Academy, please contact Priscilla Kuehnel at 941.752.2604 or by e-mail at Priscilla.Kuehnel@imgworld.com.
About IMG Academy
IMG Academy, a division of IMG, is the world’s largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education camp/academy business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academy complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Swimming Academies, International Performance Institute, The IMG Academy School, University of Miami, The Wellness Spa, Academy Realty, and the IMG Academy Golf and Country Club.
More information about IMG Academy is available at www.imgacademy.com.