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Cuckoo For Cuckovich

Dave Perkin -

BA’s own bird dog, Dave Perkin, checks in from the inaugural Big 3 of the West college showcase. LONG BEACH—The dream, rarely fulfilled, of every baseball scout and recruiter is […]


Tate Commits To North Carolina

John Manuel -

Coming off three straight trips to the College World Series—plus an 8-4 season in football—North Carolina has landed the nation’s No. 2 player in the 2009 prep class. Sources have […]


Tate to Play Football After All

Matt Blood -

It only took a week back in school and one missed football game to get Cartersville (Ga.) High’s Donovan Tate to change his mind. Previously, Tate made the decision to […]


Urban Academy Gives Players A Chance

Lorraine Cwelich -Premium Content

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.

High School | #2008#High Heat

Keeping Them Guessing

Austin Maloney -Premium Content

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/>

High School | #2009#High Heat

Brotherly Encouragement

Anthony Tynan -Premium Content

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.

High School | #2009#High Heat

Area Code Games Wrapup

Matt Blood -Premium Content

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.

High School | #2009#Area Code Games#Events

Area Code Sleepers

Dave Perkin -

As the Area Code and Aflac Games draw to a conclusion, my colleague Matt Blood will give readers the lowdown on the top prospects: the Bryce Harper, Tyler Matzek, Donovan […]