Anna Coyotes standout Rawley Hector has a full schedule over the next few weeks. The Texas A&M commit who’ll soon be a sophomore at Anna is currently on a whirlwind, cross-country tour — one reserved for the nation’s top baseball prospects for 2021. Hector, a 6-2, 175-pound right-handed pitcher and shortstop for the Coyotes, departed for Atlanta on July 12 on the first leg of a challenging slate. Joining him on this portion of the trek was his father, Anna head baseball coach Joey Hector.
“It’s obviously a busy schedule,” Coach Hector said by phone as he and Hector were about to leave. “He’s going to be in excess of about 25 games in less than a month. I hope he’s up to it. He’s made every [Anna] speed and strength camp so far this summer, so hopefully, that’s going to pay off on this grind right here. I’m looking forward to him getting done and getting a break.”
Hector’s first stop was the Perfect Game 15U WWBA National Championship, July 13-20, at Cartersville, Ga., just north of Atlanta. He’s competing with his select team — Dulin’s Dodgers Prime Texas — a squad that includes the nation’s No. 1- and 5-ranked pro prospects for 2021, Blaze Jordan of Mississippi and Nick Bitsko of Pennsylvania. Over 300 teams battle at this event, culminating in a title game on July 20. (WWBA stands for World Wood Bat Association.)
One day after that competition, and at the same venue, the Perfect Game 15U World Series gets underway and runs through July 25. This invitation-only event includes the Top 30 15U teams in the country and is a big draw for professional scouts and college coaches.
Hector is then on to USA Baseball’s 16U National Team Development Program, August 2-8, in Cary, N.C., where he’ll compete again to make a Team USA squad. Hector is an NTDP alum, one of six players on this 36-man 16U roster that played for last year’s 15U gold-medal winners at the COPABE Pan Am “AA” Championships in Columbia.
Hector’s summer run ends with the Underclass Area Code Games in Los Angeles, Calif., August 9-12. There, six regional teams affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals will compete for a championship. The teams are made up of the nation’s top 150 players for 2020 and 2021. Invites to this event are based, in part, on input from scouts from all 30 MLB teams. Hector is on the Rangers’ Underclass roster. The Area Code Underclass Games will be played at LA’s MLB Youth Academy.
In another boost to Hector’s young high school career, he was just named a MaxPreps Underclass All-American as an infielder. MaxPreps’ annual list includes the nation’s top performers from the previous season’s juniors, sophomores and freshmen.