Top Prospects At Area Code Games

Kiley shares his notes on the top prospects from the Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA. With two All American Games coming in the next few weeks, this concludes summer showcase season and more rankings will be coming soon.

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Area Code Games Content: Pitcher Notes, Hitter Notes I, Hitter Notes II & Top Prospects

Players are listed with the Area Codes team they played for, which represent regions and are chosen/coaches by scouts from the area. These prospect lists aren't just based on the performance at the event, but a snapshot of their overall draft stock in light of their performance at the event. See more scouting videos of some of the players listed below by clicking on their name if hot linked.

Top Hitting Prospects

1. Alex Jackson, C/RF, Southern California (Brewers), Oregon commit

2. Jacob Gatewood, SS, Northern California (A's), USC commit

3. Derek Hill, CF, Northern California (A's), Uncommitted

4. Ti'quan Forbes, SS, Southeast (Nationals), Ole Miss commit

5. Jack Flaherty, 3B, Southern California (Brewers), North Carolina commit

6. Marcus Wilson, CF, Southern California (Brewers), Arizona State commit

7. Alex Verdugo, RF/LHP, Southwest (Reds), Arizona State commit

8. Jakson Reetz, C, Midwest (White Sox), Nebraska commit

9. Greg Deichmann, 3B, Southeast (Nationals), LSU commit

10. Jeren Kendall, CF, Midwest (White Sox), Vanderbilt commit

I've written reports on most of the players above in the last version of my Top 30 High School Prospects and in the above linked, previous Area Codes content, discussed my recent thoughts on Jackson, Gatewood, Hill, Flaherty and Wilson (Hitters, part one) and Reetz (part two). Slipping through the cracks of those three articles and still making the top 10 is Verdugo, who raised his stock a good bit at this week's event. He's is a formidable two-way talent with good command of a solid-average fastball/curveball combo on the mound and advanced game hit-ability with average raw power from the left side to go with a plus arm and solid average speed for a classic right field profile with a backup plan if the bat doesn't come through.

Two others that likely make the team with better circumstances were CF Trenton Kemp (NorCal, Uncommitted), 3B Sean Bouchard (SoCal, UCLA commit), as Kemp was nursing a tight hamstring that's bothered him much of the summer and barely played while Bouchard left after BP on day one and didn't play in any games. The next tier of hitters include RF D.J. Peters (SoCal, Uncommitted), C Slade Heggen (Northwest, Oregon commit), SS Liam Sabino (Northeast, Vanderbilt commit), SS Tate Blackman (Southeast, Ole Miss commit), C Tim Susnara (NorCal, Oregon commit), CF Monte Harrison (Midwest, Nebraska football commit) and SS Ryan Lillard (Midwest, Kansas State commit).

Top Pitching Prospects

1. Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas (Rangers), Uncommitted

2. Luis Ortiz, RHP, Northern California (A's), Uncommitted

3. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Southeast (Nationals), Uncommitted

4. Mac Marshall, LHP, Southeast (Nationals), LSU commit

5. Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Southwest (Reds), Uncommitted

6. Mitch Hart, RHP, Northern California (A's), USC commit

7. Turner Larkins, RHP, Texas (Rangers), Texas A&M commit

8. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Southeast (Nationals), Florida State commit

9. Brady Aiken, LHP, Southern California (Brewers), UCLA commit

10. Ryan Castellani, RHP, Southwest (Reds), UCLA commit

The only pitcher in the top 10 here that wasn't already covered in my last Top 30 High School Prospects list and the earlier update of top arms from the event is Turner Larkins. He's the pitcher that was the most improved from when I saw him earlier in the summer (at the PG National in early June) but I already knew to look out for him as he was better just one week after that event when his stuff improved at Tournament of Stars for Team USA in mid-June.

I'm not nuts about his delivery as it's arm-heavy, upright and short-strides but his arm in clean and he repeats everything well with solid command. At PG National, Larkins was 90-92 in a short stint with a below average changeup and a fringy curve that flashed above average potential. At Area Codes, Larkins was 90-92 hitting 93 mph over a longer outing with his curveball flashing plus potential and his changeup flashing above average potential. He fits securely in the potential mid-rotation starter, late first to early second round area with the names ranked around him on this list. Some other arms that were in contention for this list include RHP Joey Gatto (Northeast, North Carolina commit), RHP Keaton McKinney (Midwest, Arkansas commit), RHP Scott Blewett (Northeast, St. John's commit), RHP Tylor Megill (SoCal, Uncommitted) and RHP Braden Webb (Midwest, South Carolina commit).


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