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SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Baseball Player Makes All-America Team

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 3, 2017) — Baseball America has put together its 2017 Preseason All-America teams and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) baseball player Brendon Little made the list.

Little, a left-handed pitcher for SCF, was named third-team All-America. Baseball America annually polls major league scouts to choose the players based on performance, talent and professional potential. Little is the only junior college baseball player to be honored.  He also is one of two left-handed pitchers to earn enough votes to make the All-America team as full-time pitchers.

In the past, the Preseason All-America team has been a predictor of the first round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft and of team success. Five members of the 2016 preseason first-team became first-round draft picks last June. Typically, preseason All-Americans have been Division One players from schools such as the University of Florida.

During Thursday evening’s game against Indian River State College, the stands were full of professional baseball scouts watching Little pitch. They were looking at how Little pitches, his mechanics and delivery, as well as the kind of pitches he throws and how well he controls them.

Area baseball fans will get a treat Feb. 8 when the SCF Manatees will play the College of Central Florida. Little will match up against Nate Pearson, bringing the top two JUCO pitchers in the country on the same field. It is likely the stands will be filled once again with professional baseball scouts. The game starts at 5 p.m.

“The matchup is ideal for scouts. It offers an opportunity to see both guys on the same day,” said Brett Dowdy, a pro scout and SCF alum, who was watching Little pitch Thursday evening.

The SCF Manatees also have games Friday and Saturday against Florida State College at Jacksonville Friday and Saturday at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.  Tickets are $4 general admission, $2 for seniors and free for SCF students.  For more information, visit SCFmanatees.com

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