Area Code Games Top 20 Prospects




Each summer, scouts from across the United States conduct tryouts with many of the nation's best high school players and select the best performers to attend the Area Code Games in Long Beach. Following are the top 20 prospects from the Class of 2007 in attendance at this year's event, as judged by Baseball America associate editor Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in attendance. The ranking reflects the player's overall ceiling, with consideration given to event performance.

Top 20 Prospects
Area Code Games
Rk.PlayerPos.High School
1.Josh Vitters
3bCypress (Calif.) HS
2.Matt Dominguez
3bChatsworth (Calif.) HS
3.Rick Porcello
rhpSeton Hall Prep HS, West Orange, N.J.
4.Eric Eiland
of Lamar HS, Houston
5.Blake Beavan
rhpIrving (Texas) HS
6.Peter Kozma
ssOwasso (Okla.) HS
7.Nick Noonan
ssParker HS, San Diego
8.Freddie Freeman
1b/ofEl Modena HS, Orange, Calif.
9.Christian Colon
ssCanyon HS, Anaheim
10.Tanner Robles
lhpCottonwood HS, Salt Lake City
11.Jack McGeary
lhpRoxbury Latin HS, West Roxbury, Mass.
12.Jarrod Parker
rhpNorwell (Ind.) HS
13.Greg Peavey
rhp
Hudson's Bay HS, Vancouver, Wash.
14.Jon Gilmore
3b
Iowa City HS
15.Garrett Nash
ofJordan HS, Sandy, Utah
16.Mike Stanton
ofNotre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
17.Erik Goeddel
rhpBellarmine Prep, San Jose, Calif.
18.Andrew Lambo
1b
Newbury Park (Calif.) HS
19.Tim Alderson
rhp
Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
20.Jake Smolinski
3b
Boylan Catholic HS, Rockford, Ill.


Best Tools
ToolPlayerPos.High School
Best Batting ProspectJosh Vitters
3b
Cypress (Calif.) HS
Best Power ProspectMike Stanton
of
Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Fastest BaserunnerGarrett Nash
ofJordan HS, Sandy, Utah
Best Pitching ProspectRick PorcellorhpSeton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
Best FastballJarrod ParkerrhpNorwell (Ind.) HS
Best Breaking PitchErik GoeddelrhpBellarmine Prep, San Jose, Calif.
Best ControlJack McGeary
lhpRoxbury Latin High, West Roxbury, Mass.
Best Defensive PlayerChristian ColonssCanyon HS, Anaheim
Most Exciting PlayerPeter KozmassOwasso (Okla.) HS