Nationals Area Code Roster

The Nationals unveiled their 2016 team to represent the Southeast region at the Area Code Baseball Games in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 6-10. Standouts from last year’s Southeast team included MLB draft picks Bo Bichette, Jesus Luzardo and Joe Rizzo.

This year’s roster has some depth on the mound and in the infield. Lefthanded pitchers Jake Eder and Hugh Fisher have both shown promising fastballs and athleticism so far this summer. Matt Golda is one of the better pure defenders in the class, but has been fire and ice offensively. Mark Vientos has a quick righthanded bat with power potential. Jeremy Arocho has shown some of the best infield hands in the class, though it remains a question whether or not he has the arm strength for shortstop. Jeter Downs and Tanner Morris are also intriguing.

Christian Robinson and Xavier Edwards are some of the younger players on the team. Robinson, who was originally a 2018 prospect, reclassified for this year’s class this past spring. He has shown promise with all of his tools, though his feel for the bat may be his most exciting attribute, and will be closely monitored in Long Beach. Edwards is a 2018 prospect, and stood out at the 2015 Area Code Underclass Games. He lacks ideal size at 5-foot-9, but he’s shown game instincts that far exceed his age and height.

The Nationals are well-represented behind the plate. MJ Melendez, the son of new Florida International head coach Mervyl Melendez, has a very strong arm, though he continues to iron out the mechanics of his transfer and release. Tyler Solomon is a 6-foot-4 catcher, and showed intriguing game power at this year’s Metropolitan Baseball Classic.

Name Pos Yr B T Ht Wt High School City State
Jordan Anderson OF 2017 R R 6’1 190 James Clemens Madison AL
Jeremy Arocho INF 2017 S R 5’10 160 Old Mill Glen Burnie MD
Justin Connell INF 2017 R R 6’0 182 Charles Flanagan Pembroke Pines FL
Matt Cooper INF 2017 R R 6’3 210 Norfolk Academy Virginia Beach VA
Zach Daniels OF 2017 R R 6’1 186 Eagles Landing Christian Stockbridge GA
Pat DeMarco OF 2017 R R 5’11 205 Winder-Barrow Winder GA
Jeter Downs INF 2017 R R 6’0 180 SLAM Charter Miami FL
Jake Eder LHP 2017 L L 6’4 210 Atlantic Ocean Ridge FL
Xavier Edwards INF 2018 S R 5’9 180 Trinity Christian Academy Wellington FL
Hugh Fisher LHP 2017 R L 6’5 180 Briarcrest Christian Eads TN
Matt Golda INF 2017 R R 6’0 182 Inspiration Academy Bradenton FL
Kody Gratkowski INF 2017 R R 6’1 180 Fairhope Fairhope AL
Cody Greenhill RHP 2017 R R 6’4 210 Russellville Russellville AL
Beau Hanna C 2017 R R 6’1 210 Winder-Barrow Winder GA
Mason Hickman RHP 2017 R R 6’6 229 Pope John Paul II Hendersonville TN
Bryce Jarvis RHP 2017 L R 6’2 170 Brentwood Academy Franklin TN
Levi Kelly RHP 2018 R R 6’4 210 IMG Academy Cape Coral FL
Brandon McCabe RHP 2017 R R 6’2 190 Trinith Christian Academy Boynton Beach FL
MJ Melendez C 2017 L R 6’1 175 St James Montgomery AL
Tanner Morris INF 2017 L R 6’2 190 Miller Crozet VA
Joseph Perez RHP 2017 R R 6’3 205 Archbishop Edward McCarthy Pembroke Pines FL
Shane Roberts RHP 2017 R R 6’1 165 William Dwyer Jupiter FL
Christian Robinson OF 2017 L L 6’2 208 Viera Melbourne FL
Deandre Shelton INF 2017 S R 5’10 185 West Orange Winter Garden FL
Blaine Smith RHP/INF 2017 S R 6’0 175 Bessemer Academy Bessemer AL
Tyler Solomon C 2017 S R 6’4 215 Battlefield Haymarket VA
Jason Swan OF/INF 2017 R R 6’1 178 Atlantic Coast Jacksonville FL
Bubba Thompson OF 2017 R R 6’2 175 McGill-Toolen Catholic Theodore AL
Mark Vientos INF 2017 R R 6’4 190 Charles Flanagan Pembroke Pines FL
Jose Visaez RHP 2017 R R 6’3 200 University Christian Academy Jacksonville FL
Ryan Weathers LHP 2018 R L 6’1 195 Lorette Loretto TN

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