Merritt Island Star Mason Denaburg To Play In Under Armour All-American Baseball Game
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // July 10, 2017
GAME TO BE PLAYED AT WRIGLEY FIELD
ABOVE VIDEO: Merritt Island multi sport star Mason Denaburg will play in the 2017 Under Armour All-American Baseball Game set at at iconic Wrigley Field on July 29.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Merritt Island multi sport star Mason Denaburg will play in the 2017 Under Armour All-American Baseball Game at iconic Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 29.
The 10th annual event will bring together the top 40 high school players in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.
Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts and will compete in an American vs. National team match-up.
The All-America Baseball Game caps off a four-day, all-encompassing baseball experience staffed by some of the game’s very best players and coaches.
The event will also include a formal workout in front of Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts and a home run derby.
Denaburg, a junior this season for the Mustangs handles duties behind the plate when he’s not on the mound pitching for head coach Greg Plecki.
Last season as a sophomore Denaburg batted .326 and led the Mustangs with four home runs. His 24 runs batted in were second on the team behind projected MLB first round pick, Brady McConnell.
On the mound, in relief last season, Denaburg struck out 18 batters in 13 2/3 innings pitched.
He will not be behind the plate in this month at Wrigley, Denaburg is heading to Chicago to pitch, showing off his low 90s miles per hour fastball.
He has committed to play college baseball for the Florida Gators and head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
Denaburg is also an elite placekicker and punter for the Merritt Island Mustangs football team. He was named first team Space Coast Daily and the Friday Night Locker Rooms placekicker last season.
Having watched him kick field goals of 50 yards with regularity in practice, and 40-plus in games, he could very well kick for head coach Jim McElwain at UF if he decides to go that route.
Since the Under Armour All-American baseball game inception in 2008, 247 of the 286 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 71 first round picks.
Top players from the 2016 draft include:
- Riley Pint (2016 No. 4 Overall Pick, Colorado Rockies)
- Corey Ray (2016 No. 5 Overall Pick, Milwaukee Brewers)
- Zack Collins (2016 No. 10 Overall Pick, Chicago White Sox)
- Will Benson (2016 No. 14 Overall Pick, Cleveland Indians)
- Forrest Whitley (2016 No. 17 Overall Pick, Houston Astros)
- Delvin Perez (2016 No. 23 Overall Pick, St. Louis Cardinals)
- Carter Kieboom (2016 No. 28 Overall Pick, Washington Nationals)
- Dylan Carlson (2016 No. 33 Overall Pick, St. Louis Cardinals)
- Taylor Trammell (2016 No. 35 Overall Pick, Cincinnati Reds)
- Joey Wentz (2016 No. 40 Overall Pick, Atlanta Braves)
The Baseball Factory, a company out of Columbia, Maryland that specializes in player development and college placement of high school baseball players wrote the following about Mason in his profile on their website.
As a 6’3” RHP, he has a quick, loose arm that delivers heavy, tailing fastballs in the low 90s from a ¾ arm slot. The ball jumps out of his hand and gets on hitters in a hurry. He also throws a breaking ball that has good tilt and depth, inducing lots of swing and misses.
When he’s not pitching, Mason is a catcher who flashes some right-handed power at the plate, and he is even versatile enough to play the OF. Mason is a native of Merritt Island, Florida where he is teammates with 2016 Under Armour All-American Brady McConnell.
Both play for Merritt Island High School which also produced former 1st round pick and current Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. Aside from being a two-way contributor on the baseball team, Mason also plays QB/WR/K and P for the football team. He was an All-State punter this fall and there are rumors that he may punt and kick for the University of Florida where he is committed for baseball.
To know the Denaburg family is to know that Mason is but one from a family of athletes.
Dan and Connie Denaburg are the parents of Karly, Mason, Lexy and Brady, all of whom excel both on and off the field. And looking at Mr. and Mrs. Denaburg’s athletic careers, the expression about the apple not falling far from the tree is never truer.
Connie has been the director of Cape Coast Volleyball Club for 16 years and began her coaching career at Merritt Island High School in 1995 as the varsity coach, and led them to five straight Cape Coast Conference titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In her playing days, Connie. Denaburg excelled for Carson Newman in Tennessee playing collegiate volleyball and tennis for the Lady Eagles. Dan Denaburg played football at Tenessee Tech from 1984 to 1987.
Their oldest, Karly, starred at Merritt Island in several sports and also as a freshman this past year at North Greenville University on the pitch in soccer.
Lexy is a sophomore at Merritt Island and is an amazing volleyball and soccer player, and was instrumental in the Mustangs capturing this year’s Class 3A State Championship in soccer.
Brady, the youngest, is also excelling and following in his brothers footsteps at Merritt Island.
The support each provides for the other is a big reason the family excels in everything they do. So there is no doubt when Mason takes the hill at Wrigley Field, the Denaburg clan will be there to cheer him on.
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