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Area Code Games: Best Tools

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By Josh Boyd
August 10, 2003

LONG BEACH--There are no scorebooks kept at the Area Code Games, so performance scouting would be tough in this event. Scouts are looking for hitters to make consistent hard contact at the plate and have quality at-bats.

Shortstop Matt Bush (Mission Bay HS, San Diego) had just three hits in the first five days of the showcase, yet he had hit solid line drives all over the place.

Scouts want to see position players display average-to-plus tools and athleticism with good hitting mechanics and for pitchers to demonstrate good arm action, a feel to spin a breaking ball and of course velocity, or at least show all of the components that will lead to projectable velocity.

The Area Code Games is essentially a scouting combine for prospects to showcase their tool potential. Here's a look at the best tools from this year's crop (On Monday we'll rank the top 20 overall 2004 draft prospects):

BEST PURE HITTER

  1. Willie Bowman, 3b, Carson HS, Carson City, Nev.
  2. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  3. Randy Molina, 3b, South Gate (Calif.) HS
  4. Andy Romine, ss, Trabuco Hills HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
  5. Kris Kasarjian, of, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

BEST RAW POWER

  1. Lucas Duda, 1b, Arlington HS, Riverside, Calif.
  2. Jonathan Poterson, of/c, Chandler (Ariz.) HS
  3. J.P. Padron, 3b, Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas
  4. Chuck Lofgren, of/lhp, Serra HS, Burlingame, Calif.
  5. Daryl Jones, 1b, Westchester HS, Los Angeles

FASTEST BASERUNNER

  1. Greg Golson, of, John Connally HS, Austin, Texas
  2. Jason Appel, of, John F.Kennedy HS, Bellmore, N.Y.
  3. Dylan Bruck, of, Wilsonville (Ore.) HS
  4. Jacob Owens, 2b, Pacelli HS, Stevens Point, Wisc.
  5. Greg Burns, of, Walnut (Calif.) HS

BEST DEFENSIVE INFIELDER

  1. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  2. Alex Garabedian, c, Columbus HS, Miami
  3. Chase Fontaine, ss, Nease HS, Saint Augustine, Fla.

BEST INFIELD ARM STRENGTH

  1. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  2. Angel Salome, c, George Washington HS, New York
  3. Alex Garabedian, c, Columbus HS, Miami
  4. Dominick Foster, c, Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif.
  5. Trevor Ploufe, ss, Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.

BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER

  1. Greg Golson, of, John Connally HS, Austin, Texas
  2. Brock Simpson, of, Washburn HS, Topeka, Kansas

BEST OUTFIELD ARM STRENGTH

  1. Greg Golson, of, John Connally HS, Austin, Texas
  2. Chuck Lofgren, of/lhp, Serra HS, Burlingame, Calif.

BEST ATHLETE

  1. Greg Golson, of, John Connally HS, Austin, Texas
  2. Matt Tuiasosopo, of, Woodinville (Wash.) HS
  3. Andrew Gale, rhp, Phillips Exeter HS, Durham, N.H.
  4. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego

BEST TWO-WAY PROSPECT

  1. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  2. Chuck Lofgren, of/lhp, Serra HS, Burlingame, Calif.

BEST FASTBALL

  1. Mark Rogers, rhp, Mt. Ararat HS, Topsham, Maine
  2. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  3. Phil Hughes, rhp, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
  4. Mark Trumbo, rhp, Villa Park (Calif.) HS
  5. Kenn Kasparek, rhp, Weimar (Texas) HS

BEST CURVEBALL

  1. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  2. Homer Bailey, rhp, La Grange (Texas) HS
  3. Ryan Bohanon, rhp, Goddard (Kansas) HS
  4. Yovanni Gallardo, rhp, Trimble Tech HS, Fort Worth, Texas
  5. Mark Trumbo, rhp, Villa Park (Calif.) HS

BEST SLIDER

  1. Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego
  2. Scott Elbert, lhp, Seneca (Mo.) HS
  3. Phil Hughes, rhp, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
  4. Blake Johnson, rhp, Parkview Baptist High School, Baton Rouge, La.
  5. David Coulon, lhp, Hanford (Calif.) HS

BEST CHANGEUP

  1. Andrew Gale, rhp, Phillips Exeter HS, Durham, N.H.
  2. Erik Davis, rhp, Mountainview (Calif.) HS
  3. Tate Casey, rhp, Longview (Texas) HS
  4. Troy Patton, lhp, Tomball (Texas) HS
  5. David Coulon, lhp, Hanford (Calif.) HS

MOST PROJECTABLE PITCHERS

  1. Homer Bailey, rhp, La Grange (Texas) HS
  2. Scott Elbert, lhp, Seneca (Mo.) HS
  3. Phil Hughes, rhp, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
  4. Blake Johnson, rhp, Parkview Baptist High School, Baton Rouge, La.
  5. Chance Corgan, rhp, Forney (Texas) HS

BEST CONTROL

  1. Giovanny Gonzalez, lhp, Hialeah (Fla.) HS
  2. David Coulon, lhp, Hanford (Calif.) HS
  3. Homer Bailey, rhp, La Grange (Texas) HS

BEST DELIVERY

  1. Homer Bailey, rhp, La Grange (Texas) HS
  2. Scott Elbert, lhp, Seneca (Mo.) HS
  3. Giovanny Gonzalez, lhp, Hialeah (Fla.) HS

TOP 2005 PROSPECTS

  1. Kyle Russell, of, Klein HS, Spring, Texas
  2. Justin Upton, ss, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va.
  3. Ryan Mitchell, rhp, Magnolia (Calif.) HS
  4. Austin Jackson, of, Ryan HS, Denton, Texas
  5. Chris Dominguez, 1b, Pace (Fla.) HS

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