The organization's Web site says most of the players it selects are those who dream of playing beyond the high school level and most are recommended by coaches who have seen them play.
Coast to Coast, based in Marietta, Ohio, evaluates more than 3,000 players at a number of tryouts across the country and selects about 300 for 20 to 25 teams in three age groups. Whittle, who will be 13 next month, will play on a team of 13- to 15-year-olds.
"I think it will be a great experience," Gary Whittle said. "He's pretty pumped about it, too."
Garrick Whittle's trip to Puerto Rico will be July 7-13. The schedule will feature about five games against local teams, plus a number of practices and seminars.
That includes a workout at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, where the Montreal Expos have played some of their home games in recent seasons.
"I'm looking forward to meeting all the new people, the kids on the team, and to just playing baseball and getting better," Whittle said. "I just know it's going to be pretty exciting."
Whittle is a left-handed pitcher and first-baseman who played both positions for Boyle's middle school team this spring.
He also played for the Danville-Boyle County 12-year-old Little League all-star team that finished second in its district tournament last month.
His home run in the ninth inning against Anderson County put the team into the championship game.
Whittle said he has played baseball since age 5, and he said his favorite major league player is Arizona pitcher Randy Johnson.
And while he also plays middle school basketball and a little bit of golf, his father said he works on his baseball skills all year long.
"He does something or tries to about every day," Gary Whittle said. "Baseball is his passion."