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Trosky Baseball Camps Coming to Hilo

December 12, 2013, 2:08 PM HST
* Updated December 12, 5:50 PM
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Young baseball players with aspirations of playing at the collegiate or pro level will have a chance to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts next week at Wong Stadium.

The Trosky Hawaiian Holiday Showcase Camps will spend two days in Hilo on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16-17, from 4 to 10 p.m. Prior to that, the camp spends a day at Kauai’s Hanapepe Baseball Field. Oahu’s Mid-Pacific Institute Baseball Field will wrap up the instructional showcase on Saturday, Dec. 21.

High school and junior college players are invited to sign up for the showcase, which features instruction, game play, lectures, and player evaluation. At least 10 different junior college and four-year college programs will be represented at the event, as will scouts from several Major League Baseball teams.

“It’s very instructional,” said Dave Nakama, head coach of San Jose State and Honolulu native. “We’ll also have opportunities for them to showcase their skills when we play some simulated games and some games against each other camp.”

The namesake of the showcase is Nathan Trosky, a former All-American and graduate at Hawai`i Pacific University. He is also a part-time employee of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

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Baden Sports, the official baseball supplier of the Hawai`i High School Athletic Association, will also be showcasing its AXE bat at each camp. San Jose State’s players use the bat exclusively as part of a sponsorship with the company.

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“Our kids like it because it forms to their hands better,” Nakama explained. “Our kids really liked the comfort when they grip the bat.”

Trosky, along with Kaha Wong and Donny Kadokawa, will serve as camp directors.

According to a press release, 80 players have already signed up for each showcase. Spots are still available for each camp.

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“I think there’s a lot of good players in Hawai`i,” Nakama said. “The exposure they get there is tremendous. I think the kids in Hawai`i are more exposed to a lot of mainland schools. I think they are also exposed to a lot of good instruction now.”

Interested participants can register by clicking here.

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