Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista will compete against Orangewood Christian baseball players in a home run derby on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The exhibition is titled "The O vs. The Pro" and will take place on campus at 11 a.m.

The event has all been planned in the last couple of weeks by Rams assistant coach Kevin Davidson, a former Rollins player drafted by the Astros in 2002. He works with Bautista as a financial planner and pitched the idea to the star just over a week ago.

"He loves to give time to the kids," said Davidson. "It is a huge thing for our boys, for Orangewood and for the local baseball community."

Bautista, a 10 year veteran,  has 152 home runs over the last four seasons. He led Major League Baseball with 54 homers in 2010 and 43 in 2011.  

Around a thousand tickets went up for sale. $30 field passes are sold out, but as of late Friday afternoon, 200 general admission tickets are still available for $15.

Said Davidson, "When I first started my goal was to raise $15,000. I think we're going to have the ability to make well over that."

All proceeds will go to the Orangewood baseball team.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, email Kevin Davidson: kevin.davidson@ubs.com

 

 

Charles King is high school sports writer for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at crking@orlandosentinel.com. You can follow his high school football thoughts on Twitter at https://twitter.com/varsityfootball.