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Road to the Major Leagues

ROAD TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES The Academy serves as a source for Major League Organizations to sign and draft eligible players. Since February 2006, Major League clubs drafted 54 players who came through the doors of the Urban Youth Academy.

First Year Player Draft
Nicholas Akins, Dodgers, 13th round Trayvone Johnson, Phillies, 46th round LaCurtis Mayes, Cardinals, 23rd round Jerry Quinones, Astros, 48th round
  • Nicholas Barnese, Devil Rays, 3rd round Johnny Bromberg, Twins, 32nd round Gary Brown, Athletics, 12th round Daniel Carroll, Mariners, 3rd round Christian Colon, Padres, 10th round Cole Cook, Mariners, 36th round Robert Coyle, Indians, 19th round Marcus Crockett, Marlins, 9th round Travis D’Arnaud, Phillies, comp Ryan Dent, Red Sox, comp Matthew Dominguez, Marlins, 1st round Daniel Duffy, Royals, 3rd round Matt Evers, Devil Rays, 48th round Brandon Fowler, Royals, 45th round Frederick Freeman, Braves, 2nd round Derek Hall, Phillies, 29th round Brett Hambright, Phillies, 34th round Tyler Kolodny,Orioles, 16th round Brett Krill, Braves, 46th round
  • Andrew Lambo, Dodgers, 4th round Devin Lohman, Rockies, 43rd round Daniel Magnante, Athletics, 40th round Patrick McCoy, Nationals, 10th round
  • Eddie McKiernan, Angels, 17th round Matthew Mitchell, Royals, 14th round Michael Moustakas, Royals, 1st round Garrett Nash, Rangers, 4th round Nicholas Noonan, Giants, comp Kyle Ocampo, Rangers, 13th round Antonio Peraza, Mets, 31st round Bryson Rahier, Braves, 42nd round Daniel Renken, Rockies, 35th round Austin Romine, Yankees, 2nd round Richard Rossman, Marlins, 39th round Kevin Rucker, Indians, 47th round Victor Sanchez, Cubs, 25th round Sammy Solis, Diamondbacks, 18th round Michael Stanton, Marlins, 2nd round Bryce Tafelski, Indians, 42nd round Jonathan Talley, Blue Jays, 13th round Matthew Thomas, Mariners, 41st round Joseph Vierra, Royals, 49th round Joshua Vitters, Cubs, 1st round Michael Watt, Dodgers, 2nd round James Wernke, Athletics, 41st round Ray White, Marlins, 27th round Robert Wilkins, Rangers, 6th round Reginald Williams, Twins, 4th round Marques Williams, Astros, 43rd round Michael Wing, Angels, 26th round 




To help spur international growth of baseball, Major League Baseball partnered with the State Department, as well as with Ripken Baseball, to host 12 Chinese baseball coaches who traveled to the United States to participate in a cultural exchange and develop youth baseball coaching skills in July 2007. The Academy introduced the Chinese delegation to U.S. sports training approaches, including management techniques, and player/coach communication.


The Australian Baseball Academy paid a visit to Compton in a goodwill exchange in June 2007. The Australian Academy brought along their 15-and-under team as well as their 18-and-under team for the two-day tournament against the Urban Youth Academy’s tournament teams. 

Tournaments/Scout Leagues


In addition to the RBI program, the Academy took part in the inaugural Playa Vista July 4 International Wood Bat Baseball Championship in 2006 and in 2007.

This was the first known international tournament of its kind in the Southern California region since the 1984 Olympics. The Tournament included teams from Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Australia, as well as six teams from throughout the Southern California region.
This marked the first time the facility could hand-pick a tournament team from its own Urban Youth Academy players.
Every fall, the Academy hosts the Southern California Scout League. Each Sunday from Labor Day through Thanksgiving, Major League Baseball area scouts compile the best Southern California draft-eligible prospects and showcase them at the Academy.
Teams that have used the Academy are: The Atlanta Braves, St Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Florida Marlins, and Cleveland Indians.

Scouting/Tryout Camps

Major League Baseball’s Scouting Bureau put the Academy’s show field to good use in February 2007 with their first high school showcase.
More than 100 scouts, including 12 Major League scouting directors and one general manager, scouted the Bureau’s best Southern California high school draft-eligible players. Two of the attending players, Joshua Vitters, and Matthew Dominguez, were taken with the 3rd and 12th overall picks respectively in the 2007 First Year Player Draft. The Scouting Bureau held another showcase immediately following the 2007 Draft to get a jump start on the 2008 prospects. The Bureau hopes to continue showcasing prospects in front of scouts representing all 30 teams annually at the Academy every February and June.

In addition to the showcase, the Scouting Bureau also holds an annual Major League Baseball open tryout camp every June at the complex. During the tryout, the Bureau, as well as scouts from Major League Clubs, get a chance to break down each player’s abilities and make a final cut for a game later in the day where they can further identify potential Major League players.


RBI World Series

In 2006, Major League Baseball named the Urban Youth Academy the permanent home for the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Developed in 1989, the RBI program, sponsored by Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), brings the opportunity to play baseball and softball to more than 200 cities and as many as 120,000 players a year. RBI shares the Academy’s dedication to urban youth, offering both education and life skills along with the game of baseball.

Hall Of Famers

Along with the Major League Clubs, MLB Advanced Media and current Major Leaguers, many former greats have shown their support for the Academy as well. Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Dave Winfield are actively involved in the day-to-day activities of the complex. Former Major Leaguers Jim Lefebvre and Don Slaught have also spent time at the facility.

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, now working with MLB, is not only hosting coaching clinics (as described later), but developing other projects for the Academy.




MLB Support


In addition to the Academy’s year-round daily instruction and clinics,
representatives from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim, the San Diego Padres, and the Texas Rangers have visited
the facility and run clinics to instill the fundamentals of the
game into Southern California’s youth.

Guest coaches have included:

Nomar Garciaparra, Juan Pierre, Kenny Lofton, Tommy Lasorda, Mike Scioscia, Bud Black, Mike Cameron, Bobby Grich, Art Howe, and Ron Washington, among many others.

Nomar Garciaparra

Kenny Lofton

The Complex


The Academy stands on a 15+ acre complex on the campus of El Camino College Compton Center, consisting of: 4 fields 2 Major League-dimension fields, including a spectacular lighted show field with a 200-seat grandstand 2 youth fields for softball and younger players Batting cages and pitching mounds State of the art 12,000-square foot clubhouse Administration offices, weight training room, boys and girls locker rooms, trainer?s room, equipment room, computer lab On site maintenance building

Major League Baseball broke ground on the facility in June 2003. More than 55% of the contractors, subcontractors, and vendors used in the development and continued operation of the facility are qualified minority- and locally-owned contractors. The Academy is a California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Compton, CA

Major League Baseball selected Compton as its choice for the first Urban Youth Academy. Fifteen miles southeast of Los Angeles, Compton and its surrounding areas reflect diverse populations and economic hardships. Roughly 99% of Compton residents represent minority populations, including 40% African American, and 55% Hispanic.

Working with the Compton Unified School District, various chapters of the Boys & Girls Club of America, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the support of MLB, the Urban Youth Academy provides year-round clinics and seminars free of charge to thousands of local kids, ages 8 to 17.

Due to the early success of Compton’s Urban Youth Academy, Major League Baseball has three other Academies in the works in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the Miami area. Ideally, one would be established in every city that has a Major or Minor League team.

The Academy Mission

Through the splendor of the National Pastime, Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy aims to set the standard for instruction, teaching, and education in Urban America, as well as enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities. It serves as a brick-and-mortar testament of MLB’s commitment to urban youth. Major League Baseball, under the leadership of Commisioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and due in large part to the efforts of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon, set out four facets to its Urban Youth Initiative:

  • grow the game of baseball while, at the same time, cultivating diversity in all aspects of the game.
  • make meaningful contributions to the development of urban communities
  • provide safe, organized recreational activities for urban youth
  • prepare urban high school players for college and professional baseball and softball programs.

Commisioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon