This years Area Code Games produced a deep crop of premium high school talent. With well over 300 Major League Scouts in attendance throughout the week the scouts walked away with many players from around the country to follow into next spring. The games featured eight power packed teams that were run and organized in an excellent manner.
ESPN writer Andrew Knepper has a great entry today on the top players in the Area Code games. He puts Ian Krol as one of the top pitching prospects as he throws an 88 MPH fastball and has been outstanding in Long Beach. Chad James is the top left-handed pitcher with his deceptive motion where he reaches 88 MPH with a very good curveball that has a good break ball at 73-76. Continue reading →
The Brewers Blue team, quite frankly, is expected to do well this week at Blair Field. The Rangers, on the other hand, have been on a roll after a mediocre performance last year. The 20th and final game on Sunday could be a showdown of undefeated clubs, but obviously there is still a lot of baseball to be played before that. Other Thursday highlights include a Washington Nationals outfielder that hit for the cycle in the nightcap.
Milwaukee Brewers Gray 5, Oakland A’s 2
The Milwaukee Brewers Gray club developed a small case of stage fright in their Wednesday evening game and early Thursday morning they attempted to get off the snide against the Oakland A’s, a team comprised of players from Florida and the Southeast. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, the gloves again allowed the opponent a gift run early. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Milwaukee Gray club (Northern and Southern California players) could overcome its early demons at Area Code to pull out the win.FULL STORY
Area Code Baseball got under way yesterday at Blair Field in Long Beach State. In the morning all the players were put through a Player Evaluation / SPARQ Testing that was wrap up by 3:00.
Rangers 5- White Sox 4
They First game started at 4pm pitting the Texas Rangers Area Code team against the Chicago White Sox Area Code Team. The Rangers defeated the White Sox 5-4 behind some clutch hitting and Josh Turley came into to pitched the final two innings and close the door on the White Sox. Full Story Continue reading →
The 22nd playing of the Area Code Baseball Games will be held on August 5-10, 2008 at Blair Field in Long Beach, California. This year, teams will compete with players from around the nation with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees bringing teams back in 2008. A new team enters the fold this year, the Oakland Athletics will represent the Southeast. Continue reading →