Area Code Games Best Tools

LONG BEACH–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 best tools from the Class of 2008 in attendance at this year’s event, as judged by Baseball America national writer Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in and college coaches in attendance.

Category Player, Pos. High School
Best Batting Prospect Tim Beckham, ss Griffin (Ga.) HS
Best Power Prospect Bobby Stone, 1b Montgomery (Texas) HS
Fastest Baserunner Randall Thorpe, of Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas
Best Pitching Prospect Kyle Lobstein, lhp Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Best Fastball Gerrit Cole, rhp Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
Best Breaking Pitch Austin Dicharry, rhp Klein-Collins HS, Spring, Texas
Best Control Anthony DeSclafani, rhp Colts Neck (N.J.) HS
Best Defensive Player Tyler Rahmatulla, ss Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
Best Arm Aaron Hicks, of/rhp Wilson HS, Long Beach
Best Defensive Catcher Kyle Skipworth, c Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif.
Most Exciting Player Aaron Hicks, of/rhp Wilson HS, Long Beach