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IMG Academy Baseball Alumni and Trainees Represented in All-Star Games

Over the course of the last few offseasons, IMG Academy has trained several of baseball's brightest stars from 10-year veterans to young minor league prospects. While at various points in their careers, these players came to the IMG campus looking to improve their game and are beginning to see the rewards for their hard work. Not only did these players work hard on the field, but they also received the full Athletic & Personal Development program experience with extensive strength and speed training. With a rotation that included upper/lower body weight training, TENDO-unit performance measurement, sports-related performance training and even yoga, every player saw improvements during their time at IMG Academy. According to performance coach, Blaine Bott, who worked with many of these players during the offseason:

"They are a very hard working group, each one had a great work ethic and they were always pushing each other. We had a good group of 9-12 guys here at a time where there were no egos and everybody really working hard. I'm honestly not surprised at their overall success."

Here is a brief look at the success of IMG Academy alumni and trainees this season:

IMG Academy Alums:

Chris Perez
Chris Perez

Chris Perez (RHP) - Cleveland Indians - 2.67 ERA, 23 SV, 9.5 K/9 ratio - 2nd All-Star Appearance

JR Murphy (C) - New York Yankees (AA) .254 avg, 5 HR, 28 RBI - Elected to Florida State League All-Star Team

Major League Trainees:

Josh Hamilton (OF) - Texas Rangers - .318 avg, 26 HR, 74 RBI - 5th All-Star Appearance

Joe Mauer (C) - Minnesota Twins - .327 avg, 5 HR, 38 RBI - 5th All-Star Appearance

Adam Dunn (1B/DH) - Chicago White Sox - .213 avg, 25 HR, 60 RBI - 2nd All-Star Appearance

Josh Hamilton

Joey Votto (1B)-CincinnatiReds - .350 avg, 14 HR, 47 RBI - 3rd All-Star Appearance

Ian Desmond (SS) - Washington Nationals - .279 avg, 14 HR, 47 RBI - 1st All-Star Appearance

Andrew McCutchen (OF) - Pittsburgh Pirates - .360 avg, 16 HR, 54 RBI - 2nd All-Star Appearance

Minor League Trainees:

Dioner Navarro (C) - Cincinnati Reds (AAA) - .349 avg, 3 HR, 20 RBI - Named to International League All-Star Team

Damaso Espino (C) - Chicago White Sox (AA) - .296 avg, 20 RBI, 19 R - Named to Southern League All-Star Team

Dioner Navarro

Brad Miller (SS) - Seattle Mariners (A+) - .336 avg, 9 HR, 42 RBI - Named to California League All-Star Team

Kaleb Cowart (3B) - Los Angeles Angels (A) - .293 avg, 10 HR, 67 RBI (combined) - Named to Midwest League All-Star Team

Notable Call-Ups:

Bobby Borchering (OF) - Arizona Diamondbacks (AA) - .272 avg, 18 HR, 60 RBI (combined) -Promoted to AA Mobile BayBears

Evan Chambers (OF) - Pittsburgh Pirates (AA) .203 avg, 2 HR, 26 RBI (combined) - Promoted to AA Altoona Curve

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