No Power Outage
In a unique event, dozens of high school power hitters from around the world gathered to compete in a home run derby.
Pitchers Impress At World Wood Bat
Pitching has been the headline of the World Wood Bat Championships. While several position prospects have made an impression, the arms have simply overmatched hitters and taken advantage of the strong winds that have been blowing in on some of the fields.
A third base prospect for the 2009 draft, Bobby Borchering isn't fazed by the spotlight and doesn't get star-struck.
Jeff Malm's leadership has affected Bishop Gorman High's baseball program since he set foot on campus as a freshman.
Matt Davidson admits he may have been too relaxed in his approach to his junior season. His results suffered, but he's back on track and ready to prove he's still an elite prospect.
Under Armour Game Steps Up
A look back at Sunday's Under Armour All-America Classic, which put a wrap on the summer showcase season.
Second City Stars
Matt Blood previews the Under Armour High School All-America game, which is being held at Wrigley Field.
Under Armour Player Capsules
Bio information on all of the Under Armour all-stars.
Urban Academy Gives Players A Chance
It is very difficult to soar as a fledgling baseball player when you've never been taught that batting practice isn't synonymous with hacking, or when the coach at your inner city public high school doesn't respond to invitations from scouts to recommend players for tryouts. It is even harder when you're lucky enough to somehow land a scholarship to a prestigious prep school, only to find that every black player is benched, every single game, and only white players start. It is nearly impossible when showcases such as Perfect Game can cost up to $600—before travel expenses. But during the week of July 21, angels of both the guardian and Anaheim persuasion intervened and in the city of Compton, a handful of miles away from the rubble of South Central L.A., a minor miracle occurred.
Keeping Them Guessing
The pearl white balls being thrown on the manicured fields of the USA Baseball National Training Complex are a far cry from the old matchbox cars in Tyler Matzek's childhood home, but it's still the same game. One person is throwing, while the other guy tries to hit it. These days the roles are reversed from the backyard games he played with his father as a 4-year-old: Matzek is the one throwing pitches that have left some of the nation's top hitters confused all summer.<br/>
When Matthew Purke made the U.S. 16-and-Under Team two years ago, he did what many would do. Purke bought a U.S. Baseball hat and brought it home, proud of his achievement. When his older brother, Jason, saw the hat, he made sure that it would not gather any dust on the family mantle. "I told him he would train in that hat," Jason said.
Area Code Games Wrapup
The 22nd annual Area Code Games came to an end, on time and in front of a sparse crowd (most scouts and college coaches left California Saturday evening on red eye flights), Sunday evening at Blair field in Long Beach. The event was a logistical success as the weather was perfect, and all 20 games on the schedule were completed without one hint of a weather delay.<br/>However, the one hiccup in the event's details was the overlapping of the dates between the Area Code Games and the Aflac All-American Game. Due to the Aflac game being played in the same week, many of the nation's best players, that would have typically been at the Area Code Games, were not present. As it turned out, the scheduling made things easier on scouts and college coaches as it was possible to knock out both events in one trip. In turn, the talent level at the Area Code Games inevitably took a hit.
Area Code Games Pitchers Velocities
Radar gun readings for fastballs, curveballs, sliders and changeups for every Area Code Games pitcher.
Aflac Pitchers Velocities
See the radar gun readings for fastballs, changeups, curveballs and sliders for everyone who pitches at the Aflac All-American game.