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Area Code Games Top 20 Prospects

By Josh Boyd
August 13, 2002

The top 20 draft prospects in the high school class of 2003 who attended the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., as judged by Baseball America in conjunction with scouts.

 

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

School

1.

James Houser

LHP/OF

6-5

190

Sarasota (Fla.) HS

Simply dominated the competition with command of a 91-mph fastball and hammer.

 

2.

Jared Hughes

RHP

6-6

215

Margarita HS, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

An imposing presence on the bump, he's projectable and already working in the low-90s.

 

3.

Ryan Sweeney

OF/LHP

6-4

200

Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Scouts are split on his future position because they love his arm and his bat.

 

4.

Craig Whitaker

RHP

6-4

180

Lufkin (Texas) HS

He blew hitters away with command of his 93-mph heat and frisbee breaking ball.

 

5.

Cain Byrd

RHP

6-3

185

Southwood HS, Shreveport, La.

Impressive last year as a rising junior, Byrd threw 90-91 with a hard 77-mph slider.

 

6.

Scott Maine

LHP

6-3

170

Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Wiry lefthander with a quick arm and deception reached 90 mph with a slider and changeup.

 

7.

Brennan Boesch

1B/OF

6-3

195

Harvard HS, Los Angeles

Earned the nickname "Bash" by raking all week with a sweet stroke and tremendous bat speed.

 

8.

Sean Rodriguez

SS

6-1

175

Coral Park HS, Miami

Displayed outstanding natural actions and a solid-average arm at shortstop.

 

9.

Robert Valido

SS

6-1

180

Coral Park HS, Miami

Compared favorably to Marlins 2001 second-rounder Robert Andino.

 

10.

Quentin Andes

RHP

6-2

185

Cibola HS, Albuquerque

Three potential plus pitches with movement including a slider and nasty changeup.

 

11.

Brant Rustich

RHP

6-5

210

Grossmont HS, El Cajon, Calif.

Big physical hurler touched 90 with run and sink and spun his breaking ball for strikes.

 

12.

Cory VanAllen

LHP

6-2

170

Clements HS, Sugar Land, Texas

Shouldn't be long before his effortless delivery has his velocity up into the low-90s.

 

13.

Dallas Buck

RHP

6-2

190

Newberg (Ore.) HS

Live-armed righty hit 90 mph with easy arm action, and showed a slider with hard tilt.

 

14.

JoJo Reyes

LHP

6-2

215

Riverside (Calif.) Poly HS

Big body causes some concern among scouts, but he already has a feel for three pitches.

 

15.

Daniel Bard

RHP

6-3

175

Christian HS, Charlotte, NC

He didn't throw as well as he did at the East Coast Showcase, but he showed raw arm strength and life.

 

16.

Colin Curtis

OF

6-2

185

Isasaquah (Wash.) HS

Advanced approach at the plate with solid all-around tools.

 

17.

Dylan Gonzalez

RHP

6-3

175

American Heritage HS, Weston, Fla.

His father scouts for the Giants, but he earned his way onto the list on his own merit.

 

18.

Donald Veal

LHP

6-2

180

Buena (Ariz.) HS

Nobody makes it look easier than Veal, who reminds some scouts of Marlins minor leaguer Dontrelle Willis.

 

19.

Greg Reynolds

RHP

6-5

200

Terra Nova HS, Pacifica, Calif.

Has a gangly frame with projection written all over it; his fastball will climb from 89 mph.

 

20.

Ryan Smith

RHP

6-4

195

Enumclaw (Wash.) HS

One of the top arms in the Northwest, Smith has a good body and 92-mph fastball.

Top Five Underclassmen

1. Justin Upton, ss, Hickory (Va.) HS, (2005)
2. Trevor Bell, of/rhp, Valley HS, La Crescenta, Calif. (2005)
3. Homer Bailey, rhp, LaGrange (Texas) HS (2004)
4. Stephen Porlier, rhp, Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas (2004)
5. Dallas Trahern, rhp, Owasso (Okla.) HS (2004)

East Coast Showcase Top 10

For more information on this year's Area Code Games, check out www.studentsports.com.

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