Chase Young of Dexter is a good example.
Young, a junior-to-be at Dexter High School, has toiled on numerous baseball diamonds since the school year ended and he has raise a few eyebrows in the process.
Young hooked up with the Rawlings Prospects U16 team of the Prospect League for summer ball and has helped the team to a 31-4 record and a spot in the Premier World Series in Texas, where the Dexter Bearcat is playing this week (July 24-30).
I solid season playing for the Rawlings Prospects was just the beginning as Young's credentials were strengthen after an outstanding performance at Prep Baseball Report's Top Prospect Showcase in Cape Girardeau.
The player profile of Young on Prep Baseball Reports website states: "Young recently put himself on the map at Prep Baseball Report's Top Prospect Showcase in Cape Girardeau. The 5-foot-10,165-pound utility player ran an event-best 6.83 in the 60, showed off a strong arm (78 mph) from the outfield, and proved to be one of the better overall athletes in attendance."
Young's showing landed him at No. 26 on Prep Baseball Report's top 30 players in the Class of 2013 in Missouri. For his efforts, he was also selected to represent his home state at the Midwest Futures Games sponsored by Under Armor.
"Any time you're selected to play in the midwest futures games, it big deal," Dexter baseball coach Brian Becker said. "Chase played for us (Dexter) as a freshman and sophomore and has just continued to improve. I couldn't be more proud for him.
"I was reading some of the stats from Prep Baseball Report's showcase in Cape and Chase was one of the top performers. And he's smart. You put his natural athletic abilities and his intelligence together and it makes for a good combination."
Young, who throws right-handed but is a lefty at the plate, possesses a 3.8 GPA according to Prep Baseball Report and has already scored a 26 on the ACT as a sophomore.
This past spring Young hit .409 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI, while scoring 25 runs and swiping 13 bags.
The player profile on Young goes on to say that "at the plate, the left-handed hitting Young uses a short, level swing to drive the ball gap-to-gap and is an extra-base threat."
Young is a three-sport athlete at Dexter High School where he played a big part in the Bearcats playoff run (MSHSAA Class 3 quarterfinals) in football last season and is a member of the basketball team.
Note: Two other class of 2013 players from the bootheel area were also among the top 30 players singled out by Prep Baseball Reports. Malden's Tanner Murphy was tabbed the No. 1 prospect while Sikeston's Drew Harper came in at No. 8.