Fresh off an appearance at MLB All-Star Weekend and his commitment to LSU, McQueen High two-sport standout Robby Snelling has been invited to the 19th Annual Perfect Game All-American Classic, which is one of the top showcases for high school baseball players.
The game will be held Aug. 22 at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Four players from the 2020 All-American Classic were among the top-eight players chosen in this year’s MLB amateur draft, including Jackson Jobe (No. 3 overall by the Detroit Tigers); Marcelo Mayer (No. 4 by the Boston Red Sox); Jordan Lawlar (No. 6 by the Arizona Diamondbacks); and Benny Montgomery (No. 8 by the Colorado Rockies).
The 2021 All-American Classic rosters were chosen by a panel of talent evaluators assembled by Perfect Game after being scouted and identified through a series of tournaments and events, including Perfect Game’s National Showcase, which took place in St. Petersburg, Fla., July 14-18. The rosters typically have between 50 and 60 players.
Snelling, a two-way standout for the Lancers, has emerged as one of the top high school baseball players in the 2022 class. The 6-foot-3 left-hander participated in MLB All-Star Weekend's All-American game at Coors Field earlier this month. He tossed one scoreless inning, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout, while hitting 94 miles per hour. He also took part in the Home Run Derby portion of the festivities and hit 21 homers in the three-minute opening round (where he hit 12 homers) and 90-second second round (where he hit nine more), using a metal bat.
On July 19, Snelling committed to LSU and former Nevada baseball coach Jay Johnson, who was hired by the Tigers away from Arizona earlier this month. Johnson first offered Snelling a scholarship while he was Arizona's coach and Snelling was in the seventh grade.
“Coach Johnson is very close with me,” Snelling told Nevada Sports Net. “And the town of Baton Rouge is amazing. So much support and great athletics which will allow me to maximize my potential.”
Snelling has expressed a desire to play both baseball and football in college, although next year's MLB draft might change that. While he did not make ESPN's initial list of the top-105 prospects in the 2022 MLB draft (eight LSU players or verbal commits did make the cut), it wouldn't be a surprise if Snelling's stock continues to rise to the point he goes pro out of college instead of landing at LSU. Generally speaking, players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft sign pro deals.
When asked if the MLB draft is still a possibility after his commitment to LSU, Snelling told NSN: "I'm definitely not closing up my draft possibility. I will keep that open. It's all great opportunities. I'm blessed to be in my situation."