The Elite Development Invitational is a joint effort on the part of USA Baseball and Major League Baseball to further promote the involvement and development of aspiring ballplayers across the country. Working off of the success of the Breakthrough Series in providing rising junior and senior high school players exposure to the next levels of the game, the EDI will serve as a conduit to engage and mentor players through their development within the sport.
From July 18-30, 2015, over 150 young ballplayers ages 12 - 16 participated in a once-in-a-lifetime training experience featuring many former MLB players as coaches and mentors. Camp instructors included Jerry Manuel, Dusty Baker, Maury Wills, Tom "Flash" Gordon, Homer Bush, Endy Chavez, Lou Collier, Bob Didier, Dave Gallagher, Marquis Grissom, Edward Guzman, Jeffrey Hammonds, Mickey Hatcher, Ken Hill, Ron Jackson, Ken Landreaux, Leon Lee, Rob Picciolo, Chris Speier, Michael Tucker, Lenny Webster and Dmitri Young among others. Kids received training in all aspects of game fundamentals and character development. Additionally, classroom scenarios provided them insight into academics, social media, collegiate recruiting, NCAA compliance, health and wellness, along with hearing personal experiences of their acclaimed coaches.
Special guests included Commissioner Rob Manfred, Joe Torre and Harold Reynolds on one of the final days of camp. They each addressed the group emphasizing the experiences learned at camp and how to implement their learned skills in life and on the baseball field.