Rayne Supple first Vermonter to receive honor
Former Shelburne Little League All-Star and current CVU sophomore and SD Ireland Legion baseball player, Rayne Supple, has been named a 2013 Pre-Season All-American by Baseball Factory. Baseball Factory and Team One will join Under Armour to present The Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 18-21, 2013. The event will be held at the Kino Sports Complex, the former spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 2013 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament features the top sophomore, junior, and senior high school players from across the country in a wood bat tournament. All 2013 Under Armour Pre-Season All-Americans have the ability to play Division 1 or professional baseball based on a strong performance at a previous national tournament or recommendation by a pro scout.
Past Pre-Season All-Americans have included David Wright of the New York Mets, Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals, and BJ Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays. During the Under Armour Pre-Season All America Tournament, players showcase and compete against each other, making it the only “non paper” All-American honor. Baseball Factory scouts take a close look at all 2014 and 2015 graduates for possible selection to the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game held at Wrigley Field in August.
Supple, a 15-year-old, 6’1”, 180-lb right-handed pitcher and shortstop is the first player from Vermont to be named a Pre-Season All-American. This past summer, Supple earned additional recognition with the 15U USA Baseball national team, after pitching a two-hit shutout in the national qualifying tournament against Team Impact from Tampa—the then third-ranked 15U travel team in the country. Perfect Game, another scouting service, ranks Supple 170th nationally, and 3rd in New England among 2015 graduates. Supple also compete in the Perfect Game Underclass National Tournament at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers in December versus the top sophomore and junior players from across the United States, Latin America, and Carribean.