Scouts Notified After 11-Year-Old Receives Invitation to Try Out for Team USA
ALBANY, GA—Dreams are coming true for Shane Peterson, 11-year-old who was recently invited to try out for the 11U US National Team (USNT). The impersonal email beginning with “Dear Potential Business Opportunity” arrived in his inbox one day after he attended a USSSA showcase in Atlanta; a showcase at which a USNT college intern happened to be in attendance.
“It’s no surprise to me,” began Jan Peterson, Shane’s mom, “He absolutely rocked it at that showcase. I always thought Team USA would want him, I just didn’t expect it to happen so early in his career.”
Shane went 3 for 16 during the USSSA showcase, and ran the 60yd dash in 10.5s—below average for 11U.
“There is so much financial upside to this kid,” explained Matt Roberts, the USNT 11U area scout assigned to the state of Georgia. “Our records show that he’s attended three camps already this year, a clear indication to his family’s affluence, something we take seriously here at USA Baseball. We want him bad.”
Shane was one of only 150,000 athletes in the country to receive an invitation to pay $1000 to try out for the 11U USNT, a team that has already filled 24 of 25 roster slots.
When asked if he thought this might just be a money-grab, Mark, Shane’s dad, said, “Look, if they didn’t think my son was good enough then they wouldn’t have sent the invite. Plus, the invitation said he’d get a free Team USA cotton tee and a cheap water bottle with the USA logo on it. How many kids in the country can say they have those?”
MLB scouts have been notified of Shane’s invitation, and plan to be in attendance for the tryout. If he does well (or not), there’s a good chance he’ll be invited to spend some more money on a tryout for a scout team—one step closer to the MLB.