HOSCHTON - The attention of many high school seniors and eligible college baseball players was fixed on this year's Major League BaseballfFirst-year player draft on Wednesday.
However, the next generation of Georgia's top baseball players was hoping to catch the eyes of scouts at the same time.
More than 65 players gathered at Mill Creek's Father's Field to take part in one the Georgia Dugout Club's 2009 Georgia Top 100 Underclassmen Showcase events.
All of them were hopeful of being among the top 100 rising seniors, juniors or sophomores selected from 11 showcases throughout the state - with five more planned before June 17 - to participate in the final showcase June 29 and 30 at North Cobb High School in Acworth.
"This is the seventh year doing it," said Loganville assistant coach Bran Mills, who ran Wednesday's event at Mill Creek.
"There are 11 of these showcases in the state of Georgia like this right here, and we take the top 100 and go play a two-day tournament."
While the two-day showcase for the Top 100 players is the main event, just participating in one of the qualifying showcases can be a benefit.
Scouts from several local colleges, and even a few professional scouts were in attendance, giving participants a chance to raise some eyebrows.
"We had (representatives from) Georgia Tech here (Wednesday)," Mills said. "Kennesaw (State) was here (Wednesday). Gordon College was here. Georgia State was here. The Atlanta Braves were here.
"It's a great deal (for participants) even if they don't make the top 100 because they can be seen."
Many of the participants in Wednesday's showcase who were being seen came from Gwinnett County programs or similar programs from surrounding areas.
Chris McGowan was one of several players from Collins Hill at the showcase, and believes it could benefit him in the future.
"I usually go to one (showcase) for the Top 100, and I go to a lot of showcases with Team Elite (each summer)," said McGowan, a second-team All-County selection by the Daily Post after hitting .361 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and a 1.072 OPS as a junior for the Eagles this spring. "I felt good. You just go out like no one's watching you and play how you know how to play."