Yankees amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer was at the Stadium after the draft and told me about a great event being planned for Aug. 16 at Fenway Park.
The Yankees and their scouts are assembling a team of high school stars (rising juniors and seniors) to play a team assembled by Red Sox scouts. Most of the players will be from the Northeast, but a handful will be from different places around the country.
The Yankees will have Bryce Harper on their roster. Harper is the 16-year-old super prospect who was a Sports Illustrated cover story earlier this month. Damon has developed a good relationship with the Harper family.
“When I asked Bryce about playing for us in that game, he jumped at it,” Oppenheimer said. “He was excited.”
The event will be held for charity. Damon is hoping the game will be played at Yankee Stadium next summer. Obviously it will be a great opportunity for those players and for the teams to get a first-hand look at them against great competition.
Once I get details about tickets, I will pass them along.
As for Harper, he is reportedly planning to attend junior college so he will be eligible for the 2010 draft. There would seem to be little chance he ends up with the Yankees. But you never know.