Lakewood High shortstop JP Crawford has been selected for the 2012 Under Armout All-America Baseball Game on August 18th at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. The upcoming senior has already committed to continue his career at USC next season, and will no doubt have plenty of chances to showcase his skills.

Crawford was one of just a handful of juniors selected to compete in last year's Area Codes baseball showcase at Blair Field in Long Beach, joining fellow Moore League standouts Shane Watson (Lakewood) and Chase DeJong (Wilson).

Here is the release from Under Armour detailing the selection:

Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA), the Baltimore, MD-based leader in sports performance apparel, footwear and accessories, today announced the addition of John Paul (JP) Crawford to the roster for the 2012 Under Armour® All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory. The game will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 18th at 12:30 p.m. CST and air live nationally on MLB Network. The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game showcases 36 of the best high school players, competing in an American vs. National team match-up. The players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts.

JP is an extremely talented young player who makes the game look easy. He is a quick twitch athlete with smooth actions. At the plate, he is a gap-to-gap hitter with a fluid left-handed stroke. Defensively he shows excellent range at short and plenty of arm strength to stay there.

“JP is a polished infielder who has demonstrated the type of range and arm strength necessary for shortstop,” said Steve Bernhardt, Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee & Executive VP of Baseball Operations at Baseball Factory. “He has a keen natural ability that transcends both his offensive and defensive game. With a knack for making the game look easy, he will be fun to watch at Wrigley Field this summer.

The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game is the culmination of a four-day baseball celebration, including a formal workout for Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts and a homerun derby.

Seven players who participated in last year’s Under Armour All-America Game were recently selected in the first round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, including the No. 2 overall pick, outfielder Byron Buxton. The remaining six 2011 UA All-America Game players were selected top 30 in this year’s draft, including Gavin Cecchini (No. 12 Overall Pick, New York Mets); Nick Travieso (No. 14 Overall Pick, Cincinnati Reds); Stryker Trahan (No.26 Overall Pick, Arizona Diamondbacks); Clinton Coulter (No.27 Overall Pick, Milwaukee Brewers); Lewis Brinson (No. 29 Overall Pick, Texas Rangers); and Ty Hensley (No.30 Overall Pick, New York Yankees).

For more information on the 2012 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, please visit www.baseballfactory.com/allamerica/2012. Tickets are currently available online at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ticketing/underarmour.jsp.

Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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