Skills Camp Attracts International Talent

Tallahassee, FL - The field that Eduardo Ibarra played on this week is thousands of miles from his native Venezuela. This was Ibarra's second straight year at FSU's Super Skills Camp.

"It's awesome to be here, you know?," Ibarra said. "I'm playing for FSU for one week and I feel like so great."

About 20 percent of the 38 players at the camp are from overseas.

"We've got Australia, Panama, Puerto Rico, I think we even got Okinawa," said Mike Bell, FSU's pitching coach who helped with the camp. "So, it's neat to see the guys come together, they give a great effort."

John Sprowls, a Chiles High School infielder, was the only Tallahassee player there.

"This is one of the best programs in the country and they've been to the college world series, so I might as well get coaching from them if I want to move up," Sporwls said. "And I really would like to move up and I'd love to play here. This would be a dream to play here."

So the motive isn't just to improve their skills, but to improve their chances for a scholarship. Florida State pitcher Mike Compton was a camper two years ago, as was incoming freshman John Sansone.

"It was awesome, waking up every morning getting to play on this field, not knowing if I'd make it or not and I ended up making it," Sansone said.

Those words, making it, are the words of success for Ibarra.

"I want to play college baseball to get a scholarship and to play here in the States," he said.

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