JUPITER, Fla. -- When the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School (PRBAHS) team arrived last week for the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship tournament, the numerous Major League scouts and college coaches who converged on the Roger Dean Stadium complex already had plenty of information on highly touted middle infielders Carlos Correa and Jesmuel Valentin Diaz.
Correa didn't disappoint, hitting an eye-popping opposite-field home run as well as a three-run double on Sunday in PRBAHS' 9-1 win in the team's final game of the tournament, which attracts the top-rated prospects from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
But by the time the team headed home on Monday, the stock likely had risen on a few of the other players.
Correa is a Perfect Game All-America selection and the top-rated shortstop prospect in his country. Diaz, whose father is former Major Leaguer Jose Valentin (now a coach for PRBAHS), also is expected to be an early-round Draft selection next year.
Team manager Carlos Berroa believes that catcher Wilfredo Rodriguez also improved his status in the minds of scouts and coaches at the five-day tournament.
"He did very well in this tournament and hopefully opened some eyes," Berroa said of Rodriguez, a converted third baseman. "He's a good hitter with plus-plus bat speed. Scouts are starting to notice him."
Rodriguez is glad he made the transition to catcher and believes that it is a better position for him. He enjoyed the tournament and the opportunity to compete against top young players.
"It's an experience I'll remember for my entire life," Rodriguez said. "I made a lot of friends, and I saw what I'll face in the future. I'll compete with these guys for my entire career."
Berroa cited center fielder Ariel Estades as another PRBAHS player who could have a bright future and possibly be a sleeper in the 2012 Draft.
"This is his first year with us, and I wish he would have come to us last year, but he's a plus runner, has a plus arm and is a plus defender," Berroa said. "He's a left-handed bat who can play small ball, and he's continuing to develop and get stronger. I think what's important for him is how consistent he is throughout the spring."
Berroa brought his team to the tournament so scouts and college coaches could get an up-close look at his players, and so his players could experience facing top-notch talent.
"It gives them an idea of what to expect when they get to the next level," he said. "It's the best high school players in the country, and it's good to measure yourself against those players."
Berroa's team, which is backed by Major League Baseball, finished the tournament with a 3-1-1 record.
"I'm pleased with how the kids played over these few days and look forward to what happens in the future," he said. "Obviously, you come to a tournament and you want to win it all, but the major component of this tournament is the exposure for the kids. They get to get seen by the scouts and all the different colleges, and that's what it's all about. It's going to be a very interesting Draft for us."
This is the eighth year that Berroa has managed the PRBAHS program. Most of his staff has played professionally, which Berroa believes gives the players an edge over some others participating in baseball academies.
"We've had six or seven kids drafted. We've just got to keep working hard, but in my humble opinion, I believe we have the best staff in Puerto Rico, with the professional coaches we have," Berroa said. "Between the coaches, we have six ex-Major Leaguers and more than 100 years' experience. They know what they're doing. The bottom line is, players are going to be as good as their coaches. We've got to keep promoting the game to the new generation.
"Our biggest hurdle right now is [that] we need to get our own facilities. I know MLB is working on that, and it's very important we get that so we can continue with the program and help the kids. There's a lot of kids out there who need to be in this kind of program so they can develop their skills. Frank Robinson and Rod Carew recently visited us, and hopefully that will help us in that direction."
Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.