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Gainesville's Gettys prepped for Under Armour baseball showcase at Wrigley Field
Red Elephants' senior pegged as high draft prospect for 2014
Gainesville High’s Michael Gettys rounds the bases after homering against Loganville during the Red Elephants’ 3-2 win at Ivey-Watson Field in April 2013. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

Gainesville High’s Michael Gettys has done everything humanly possible to help himself in the eyes of those evaluating MLB prospects.

Along the way in the summer of 2013, he’s played in the some pretty cool places with many of the top Class of 2014 talent.

“I’ve enjoyed everything and every opportunity given to me,” said Gettys, a senior outfield and right-handed pitching prospect. “It’s been so much fun to be able to play with the top baseball players in the country.”

Wednesday Gettys leaves for Chicago and another chance to showcase his skills — many scouts have him projected as one of the top 10 high school seniors — with a spot in Saturday’s Under Armour All-American Baseball Game at Wrigley Field.

Gettys will absolutely soak up every moment of this experience. He’ll get to take batting practice at the same historic field the Chicago Cubs have called home for 99 years.

And, in the outfield, he’ll get to run his hands through the trademark ivy that has draped the outfield wall for the past 75 years.

“I’m really excited about getting to play at Wrigley Field and show the scouts what I’m able to do,” Gettys added.

He is one of 36 players picked by Under Armour to play in this showcase. The game will be shown live at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the MLB Network.

This marks the third pro park Gettys will get to play in as he’s just a few months from beginning his senior season with the Red Elephants.

In June, he played in the Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome, formerly the home of the Minnesota Twins, in Minneapolis.

On Aug. 12, the 6-foot-2, 200 pound right hander stood out in the Perfect Game All-American Classic where the San Diego Padres play at Petco Park.

During this busy summer, he also took part in the East Coast Pro Scout Showcase Aug. 1-4 in Syracuse, N.Y., along with a couple of WWBA tournaments at East Cobb.

Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp says Gettys has been sharp each and every time out — sometimes not easy to do for a young player standing on the same field the pros grace.

In Minneapolis, Gettys set a Perfect Game record, according to Kemp, with a throw of 100 miles per hour from right field down to home plate.

Kemp says the previous record through this format was set at 99 mph by Mike Trout, now an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels.

In San Diego, Gettys had a double and scored a run for the East squad in the All-American Classic.

“Michael is just an incredible kid who has worked extremely hard to get where he is,” Kemp said. “You can’t write enough stories about a kid like Michael Gettys.

“I put him in the same category with (Gainesville graduate) Robby Hefflinger (now with the Double AA Mississippi Braves).”

Gettys also has elite speed, clocked at 6.42 seconds in the 60-yard dash. He also has a great pitching arm with a fast ball clocked in the mid 90s and a 10-1 record with two no-hitters in his junior high school season.

According to Gettys, a University of Georgia pledge, he’s been ranked by Perfect Game Baseball as the No. 5 high school senior prospect and top high school senior outfielder who’ll be draft eligible next summer.

He’s under the impression that he’s going to play in the outfield at the next level, but still enjoys taking to the mound.

“Michael’s a five-tool player,” Kemp said. “There’s a chance he could still end up doing either one at the next level.”

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