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IMG Academy baseball program Alums are Ahead of the Competition

IMG Academy baseball program alums have been recently succeeding in their baseball careers.

Inthe 2011European Junior BaseballChampionships, IMG Academy baseball programalum, Sven Van De Sanden, competed on this year's championship team. Holland wonthe gold medal, defeating Czech Republic in the finals. The European Junior Baseball Championships is an 18 and under international baseball competition. This year's tournament was held in Gijon, Spain. Van De Sandenattended IMG Academy baseball program last year for a post-grad year of training.

Sven Van De Sanden training at IMG Academy

In the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League, another alum stood out in front of the competition. Chris Garagiola currently leads the league with 5 wins. Garagiola plays for the Dust Devils in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League. He has a Wood Bat League ERA of 2.32. During the school year,Garagiola plays for Trinity University as a left handed pitcher and outfielder. Garagiola also spent last year training at IMGas a post grad.

Two former academy program baseball students have been doing extremely well in their professional baseball careers. J.R Murphy, a graduate from IMG Academy in 2009, was recently promoted to the High-A Tampa Yankees. This promotion places him one step closer to competing in the Bronx. Murphy also competed in the South Atlantic LeagueAll-Star game this past June. Another IMG Academy baseball program alum that competed in an All-Star game was Tyler Pastornicky. Pastornicky, a graduate fromIMG Academy in 2008, plays shortstopfor the Double-A Mississippi Braves andparticipated in the Southern League All-Star game.

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