July 5 - Nate Savino has been selected to play in tomorrow’s MLB High School All-Star Prospect Game as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week in Cleveland.
A two-time NOVA Nine Team selection and University of Virginia recruit, the rising Potomac Falls senior will play for the National League team in the game, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on MLB.com. Each of the game’s 40 players were selected after participating in the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League over the past three weeks in Florida.
"It's so exciting and it's a great feeling,” said Savino, who has totaled 180 strikeouts to 32 walks and a 0.73 ERA in 86.1 innings over the past two prep seasons. “I'm playing against the best competition in the country right now. I've definitely learned a lot and feel my game has grown.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-hander had a successful stint in the PDP League, which was in its first year as part of a joint effort between MLB and USA Baseball to identify and develop players for the 18U National Team.
In three outings, Savino struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, surrendering one run on three hits in eight innings. He didn’t allow a hit over five scoreless innings in his final two appearances. Savino’s pitching coach was 16-year MLB reliever Alan Embree, and he had five-time World Series champion Andy Pettite work with him on his slider during his time in Florida.
Tomorrow, he’ll toss one frame in the seven-inning affair at Progressive Field, the home of the Cleveland Indians. Savino knows he’ll have to be sharp against the country’s best prep hitters.
“It's important that I've got to hit my spots,” he said. “You have to be smart and execute your pitches in the right situations.”
In what has already been a busy summer for the southpaw, Savino will return home on Sunday before departing on July 20 for the Under Armour All-American Game, which will be held two days later at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The following month, he’ll travel to Los Angeles for the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials from Aug. 13-17. If he makes the 20-man roster, he’ll join Team USA for a training camp and tuneup games from Aug. 18-28, then travel with the team for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8.
Photo of Nate Savino courtesy of PDP League