MLB Urban Youth Academy Wins 2010 Breakthrough Series



Third-annual event hosted in Triangle-area of N.C. for the first time


DURHAM, N.C. — The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy (UYA) defeated the Major League Scouting Bureau (MLSB), 9-6, to win the third annual Breakthrough Series on Thursday.  The game was held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, following two days of games and pro-style workouts at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.


The White Sox defeated Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP) in the bronze medal game, held prior to the gold medal final, 6-3.


A recap of Thursday’s action is as follows:


UYA (9), MLSB (6) — The Urban Youth Academy (3-0) won the gold medal game over the Major League Scouting Bureau (1-2), Thursday, 9-6.  The MLSB got out to an early lead, scoring five runs in the top half of the second.  Michael Joyner, Jr. hit a two-run double, while Deion Williams added an RBI single of his own.  The lead was short lived, however, as the UYA staged a two-out, five-run rally in the bottom of the third.  Darrell Miller, Jr. highlighted the inning with a two-run single, and Juan Avena followed with a double, knocking in the UYA catcher.  After a scoreless fourth and fifth, UYA plated four unearned runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.  The MLSB scored a run in the final frame to pull within three, but the rally fell short.  Miller led all UYA hitters, going 2-for-3, and Matt Oliver was awarded the win after closing out the game with four innings of three-hit, one-run relief with six strikeouts. 

The gold medal game is scheduled to air tape delayed on the MLB Network at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

White Sox (6), MVP (3) — The White Sox (2-1) defeated MVP (0-3), 6-3, on Thursday, in the bronze medal game.  The Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two, behind an RBI double in the second by Ty Washington.  MVP answered with two runs in the third and one more in its half of the fifth, but the Sox pulled away with two runs of its own to push to the score to 6-3.  Starter Carlos Rodon went three innings, allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out three for the win.  Washington was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one run scored.

Held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. from 2008-2009, the Breakthrough Series is designed to showcase rising high school junior and senior baseball players from urban areas throughout the United States.  Invited athletes typically have not participated in other travel and high-end tournaments prior to the Breakthrough Series, providing them with an opportunity for exposure.

Many college coaches attend the event to recruit players who demonstrate outstanding potential but who may not have had the opportunity for exposure through other summer events. The tournament consists of eighty players selected by the Major League Scouting Bureau, the MLB Urban Youth Academy, the Atlanta-based organization Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP), the Chicago White Sox and USA Baseball. USA Baseball has worked with the athletes to facilitate communication between players and college recruiters.

This 2010 Breakthrough Series features athletes from across the U.S., making it a truly national showcase event. USA Baseball has paid for each player’s expenses and has worked closely with all of the selected participants leading up to and during the event, distributing information to both players and parents.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to top player in college baseball.  For more information, please visit and



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