A total of 25 athletes who played or trained at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton were taken in this year’s first-year player draft, including the Yankees second-round pick Angel Gumbs, who was a member of the MLB UYA tournament team and batted .495, with 47 runs and 22 RBI for Torrance High School. It’s pretty cool when stuff like this actually plays out with tangible results.
“It is most gratifying to see so many outstanding student-athletes that have come through the Academy selected in the MLB first-Year Player Draft,” said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball development, in a press release. “While this is just a part of our work at the Academy, it is very rewarding to witness the success of these young men.”
Also from the release: Prior to the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, 75 student-athletes have been drafted and 49 have signed professional contracts with Major League organizations. More than 100 Academy student-athletes have gone on to participate in collegiate baseball and softball programs.
MLB is committed to providing opportunities to play baseball and softball to young people in urban America through the establishment of the Major League Baseball Urban Youth academies. In addition to the Academy in Compton, MLB has established and is operating an Academy in Houston and has recently signed agreements to build another in Hialeah, Fla.