Local ballplayer chosen to represent the USA
Bridge City home-schooler Daniel Bean, 11, was recently chosen to represent the USA and Southeast Texas as a member of Coast to Coast Baseball in Puerto Rico this summer. During the seven day program, Bean will compete against top amateur teams from greater San Juan while receive instruction from Coast to Coast staff who have all played or coached the game at the collegiate or professional level. The same staff will provide college recruiting information to both players and parents in seminar format during the trip.
Each summer and fall Coast to Coast sees approximately 2,000 players at a series of nationwide tryouts. Additionally, the organization evaluates hundreds of applications from players unable to attend a tryout event. From this pool approximately 250 roster spots – comprising 15 to 18 teams – are filled with players seeking to play at one of the game’s highest levels. Based in Marietta, Ohio, the 8-year-old program has taken over 1600 players from 46 different states to compete in Germany, France, Belgium, the Nederlands, Austria and Puerto Rico. The organization’s alumni now compete at ever level of college baseball and even professionally.
Bean showcased his skills for the Coast to Coast coaches at a recent tryout held at Spring High School in Spring. At tryouts, players are evaluated in four areas: hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed.
Players selected from the tryouts then have a chance to choose the Puerto Rico program or the Florida Camp & Showcase event held twice annually in Jupiter, Fla. at the Roger Dean MLB spring-training complux.
Bean is a member at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont. In addition, Bean is a member of the Golden Triangle Baseball (GTM) Gunslinger team based out of Bridge City, and plays on the Scrappers major league team out of Bridge City Little League. Bean hopes to one day play collegiate baseball for either Texas A&M, Sam Houston State or East Texas Baptist University.