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Area Code Games by the numbers

My look at the Top 10 performers at the Area Code Games ran recently, and I’m sure all of you devoured the look at the Area Code Games through the eyes of Trackman. Now I thought we could have some fun looking at the stats.

As I’ve mentioned before, statistics at these events need to be taken with several grains of salt, so don’t go yelling about sample size here. The Area Code Games, like the East Coast Pro Showcase before it, does allow a hitter to amass double-digit at-bats (14 was the high) and pitchers can throw multiple innings (5 IP was the high). Here are the leaders in different categories from the event:



Demi Orimoloye     8
Charlie Donovan    6
Mason Cerrillo     6
Tyler Williams     5
Jeremiah Burks     5
Ford Proctor       5
Nick Madrigal      5
Kevin Collard      5
Jordan Stephens  5
Michael McAdoo  5
Cadyn Grenier      5


Demi Orimoloye   5
Joe Davis        5
Bo Bichette      5
Ford Proctor     4

Batting average (min. 10 AB)

Demi Orimoloye       .571
Mason Cerrillo         .500
Charlie Donovan     .462
Michael McAdoo     .455
Jordan Stephens     .417
Nick Madrigal         .417
Kevin Collard         .417
Nick Plummer       .400

Extra-base hits

Shane Potter   3
Garrett Whitley  3

Stolen bases

Ryan McKenna    5
Demi Orimoloye   4
Nick Plummer    4
Stachel McElroy    4




Evan Sperling            7
Cody Morris               7
Trey Cumbie             7
Peyton Culbertson   7
Dakota Donovan      7
Michael Zimmerman  7


Six pitchers tossed four scoreless innings: Evan Sperling, Logan Allen, Jordan Gubelman, Mike Soroka, Ryan Connolly and Brent Schwarz. 22 more pitchers put up three shutout frames. Nine of them didn’t give up any hits in those three IP: Peyton Culbertson, Imani Absullah, Beau Burrows, Javier Medina, Luke Heimlich, Sixto Torres, Colton Eastman, Ashe Russell and Chad Luensmann.


Peyton Culberson (3 IP)        0.00
Javier Media (3 IP)       0.00
Luke Heimlich (3 IP)     0.00
Colton Eastman (3 IP)    0.00
Cody Deason (2 IP)     0.00
Sean Wymer (2 IP)      0.00
Logan Allen (4 IP)      0.25
Jordan Gubleman (4 IP)    0.25
Imani Abdullah (3 IP)      0.33
Beau Burrows (3 IP)     0.33
Sixto Torres (3 IP)      0.33
Craig Colen (3 IP)     0.33
Chad Luensmann (3 IP)     0.33
Cole Stringer (3 IP)    0.33



Area Code Games through the eyes of Trackman

Trackman does some cool stuff. And they were at Area Code Games, the high school showcase event held in Long Beach, for the entire event, providing info on things from as mundane as fastball velocity to more “out there” info like fastball spin and breaking ball spin. Here were the leaders, according to  Trackman, across a variety of categories:


Fastball velocity

(Previous high: Lucas Giolito, 96.9, in 2011)

Name Top MPH Avg MPH
Justin Hooper 95.9 93
Ashe Russell 94.2 92.3
Mike Nikorak 94 91.4
Beau Burrows 93.9 92.1
Matthew McGarry 93.8 91
Cody Morris 93.6 91.6
Joe DeMers 93.3 91.8
Shane Tucker 93.2 91.1
Austin Smith 93.1 90
Jiovanni Orozco 92.8 89.4


Breaking ball spin — Highest average spin curveballs

(Previous high: John Magliozzi, 2968, in 2010)

Justin Marsden 75 3055
Colton Eastman 76 2942
Jonathan Hughes 76 2789
Kyle Molnar 77 2782
Gary Fenter 78 2641

Trackman has some info on breaking ball spin, broken down by draft picks or college conferences:


Pitch Type Avg MPH Avg RPM


Top Draft picks (1-3 Rd)

76 2300

Elite college conf

76 2280


Elite college conf

80 2230


Highest spin fastballs

(Previous high: Nolan Gannon, 2631, in 2011)



Beau Burrows

92 2515

Drew Finley

89 2511

Ryan McKay

85 2456

Cody Morris

92 2420

Peter Lambert

90 2410

Some context of what high spin rates on fastballs means:

2014 D1 Fastballs

Spin Rate (RPM) % swinging strike
< 2000 5.0%
2000-2100 5.3%
2100-2200 5.3%
2200-2300 5.7%
2300-2400 6.9%
2500+ 9.1%

Hardest hits — top exit speeds

(Previous high: Stone Garrett, 110.2 mph, in 2012)

Name MPH off Bat Result
Michael Hickman 108.9 Foul
Garret Whitley 108.7 Double
Luken Baker 108.1 Home run
Wyatt Cross 107.7 Foul
Joe Davis 106.9 Out
Demi Orimoloye 106.9 Single
Tyler Williams 106.3 Single
Chris Betts 105.6 Foul
Ryan Johnson 105.6 Single
Demi Orimoloye 105.6 Single

Under Armour All-American Game rosters set

The summer showcase circuit is winding along nicely. I just got back from the East Coast Pro Showcase (check out my Top 10 performers story) and now the Area Code Games are taking place (I’m not there, but will put together a top performers list based on conversations with scouts). This weekend is the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego. Then, on August 16, is the Under Armour All-American Game in Chicago, powered by Baseball Factory.

Many players have played/are playing in multiple events, including several partiicpating in both All-American games. The UA game, held at Wrigley Field, just announced the final roster for the event. Here are the rosters for the two teams. Those in bold were players I saw at the East Coast Showcase. Guys with an asterisk are also playing in the Perfect Game event this weekend.

American League

— *Luken Baker – RHP, 6’4, 245, Oak Ridge High School, Spring, TX

— Seth Beer – OF, 6’3, 190, Lambert High School, Suwanee, GA

— *Chris Betts – C, 6’1, 210, Wilson High School, Long Beach, CA

— Hunter Bowling – LHP, 6’7, 215, American Heritage High School, Lake Worth, FL

— *Dazmon Cameron – OF, 6’1, 186, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, GA

— Justin Cohen – C, 6’0, 195, Riverview High School, Sarasota, FL

— *Devin Davis – 1B, 6’2, 210, Valencia High School, Santa Clara, CA

— Gray Fenter – RHP, 6’1, 200, West Memphis High School, West Memphis, AR

— *Mitchell Hansen – OF, 6’4, 197, Plano High School, Plano, TX

— *Ke’Bryan Hayes – IF, 6’1, 210, Concordia Lutheran High School, Tomball, TX

— *Juan Hillman – LHP, 6’2, 185, Olympia High School, Windermere, FL

— Bryan Hoeing – RHP, 6’6, 200, Batesville High School, Batesville, IN

— *Alonzo Jones, Jr. – IF/OF, 5’10, 192, Columbus High School, Columbus, GA

— *Mike Nikorak – RHP, 6’4, 205, Stroudsburg High School, Stroudsburg, PA

— *Brendan Rodgers – IF, 6’0, 195, Lake Mary High School, Longwood, FL

— *Ashe Russell – RHP, 6’4, 195, Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, IN

— Cole Sands – RHP, 6’3, 205, North Florida Christian High School, Tallahassee, FL

— LT Tolbert – IF, 6’3, 180, IMG Academy, Piedmont, SC

— *Kyle Tucker – OF, 6’3, 190, Plan High School, Tampa, FL



National League

— *Beau Burrows – RHP, 6’1, 200, Weatherford High School, Weatherford, TX

— *Kody Clemens – IF, 6’1, 175, Memorial High School, Houston, TX

— *Wyatt Cross – C, 6’3, 198, Legacy High School, Broomfield, CO

— *Kyle Dean – OF, 6’2, 205, Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego, CA

— Starling Heredia – OF, 6’1, 190, Santo Domingo, DR

— *Justin Hooper – LHP, 6’7 230, De La Salle High School, San Roman, CA

— *Ryan Johnson – OF, 6’3, 200, College Station High School, College Station, TX

— *Cole McKay – RHP, 6’5, 225, Smithson Valley, Spring Branch, TX

— Anthony Molina – RHP, 6’5, 180, Somerset Academy, Pembroke Pines, FL

— *Kyle Molnar – RHP, 6’3, 200, Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, CA

— *Ryan Mountcastle – IF, 6’3, 180, Paul J. Hagerty High School, Winter Springs, FL

— *Josh Naylor – 1B, 6’1, 235, St Joan of Arc High School, Mississauga, ONT

— Cal Raleigh – C, 6’3, 195, Smoky Mountain High School, Cullowhee, NC

— Franklin Reyes – OF, 6’4, 190, San Cristobal, DR

— Austin Riley – RHP/IF, 6’2, 240, DeSoto Central High School, Hernando, MS

— Sati Santa Cruz – RHP, 6’3, 230, Sahuarita High School, Sahuarita, AZ

— *Nicholas Shumpert – IF, 6’0, 180, Highlands Ranch High School, Lone Tree, CO

— *Thomas Szapucki – LHP, 6’2, 185, Dwyer High School, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

— *Corey Zangari – RHP, 6’4, 230, Carl Albert High School, Oklahoma City, OK



Tournament of Stars top performers

USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars is now in the books. The 100+ players who were on hand have now been whittled down to a 44-player 18 and Under Trials roster. From that release:

Out of the 108 athletes that attended the tournament, 34 have been named to the trials roster. Those 34 are joined by ten additional players that were named to trials through the 2013 17U National Team Identification Series and 2013 17U National Team Development Program. Nine alternates were also named to the roster.

The trials take place in Houston Aug. 23-29. The roster gets set at 20 and that team will compete in the 18U COPABE Pan American Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Sept. 5-14.

Based on conversations I had with numerous scouts, here’s a list of the top performers at the TOS. Players with an asterisk by their names are on the 18U Trial team.

*Daz Cameron, OF, McDonough, Ga.

*Chris Betts, C, Long Beach, Calif.

*Cole McKay, RHP, Spring Branch, Texas

Donnie Everett, RHP, Clarksville, Tenn.

*Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente, Calif.

*Xavier Legrant, IF, Charlotte, N.C.

*Reggie Pruitt, OF, Kennesaw, Ga.

*Mitch Hansen, OF, Plano, Texas

*Beau Burrows, RHP, Weatherford, Texas

Chris Chatfield, OF, Riverview, Fla.

Cadyn Grenier, IF, Henderson, Nev.

*Charlie Donovan, IF, Clarendon Hills, Ill.

*Nick Madrigal, IF, Elk Grove, Calif.


Others of note: John Aiello, IF, Lansdale, Pa. (alternate on 18U);  Christifer Andritsos, RHP, The Woodlands, Tex.; *Luken Baker, RHP, Spring, Tex.; *Kyle Dean, OF, San Diego, Calif.; *Lucas Herbert, C, San Clemente, Calif.; *Peter Lambert, RHP, San Dimas, Calif.; *Ryan Mountcastle, IF, Winter Springs, Fla.; Chad Smith, OF/LHP, Snelville, Ga.; *Kyle Tucker, OF, Tampa, Fla.

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