Area Code Games Day 1

Link to Rangers Area Code Roster

GAME 1

Royals 3
Rangers 3

Top Performers for Rangers Area Code Team

Bobby Witt, Jr (Colleyville Heritage): 2-3, 2B, Run
Connor Phillips (Magnolia West): 2 IP, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 ER

GAME 2

Rangers 2
Reds 0

Top Performers for Rangers Area Code Team

Matt Thompson (Cy Ranch): 3.0 IP, 5 Ks, 4 BB, 1 H, O ER
Nate Rombach (Mansfield Legacy): 1-2, 2B, BB

GAME 3

Athletics 4
White Sox 3

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Standings After Day 1

W L T
Athletics 1 0 0
Rangers 1 0 1
Royals 0 0 1
Nationals 0 0 0
Brewers 0 0 0
Yankees 0 0 0
Reds 0 1 0
White Sox 0 1 0

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Notes from Baseball America:

Baseball America mentioned 2 Texas High School Baseball players among their Day 1 Standouts

Matthew Thompson | RHP | Cypress (Texas) Ranch HS
Committed: Texas A&M

Thompson is an athletic 6-foot-3, 184-pound righthander who showed flashes of dominating stuff in a three-inning outing for the Rangers on Monday afternoon. With a fastball that consistently sat in low 90s and touched 93 mph, the Texas A&M commit struck out five of the 13 batters he faced while routinely spotting his fastball inside to lefthanders and away from righthanders. Thompson also showed off an above-average, 77-79 mph curveball that featured solid depth and sharp break, generating swings and misses as well as soft contact.

The only downside for Thompson, who allowed only one single and no runs in his three innings of work, was his inconsistent command. He walked four batters in total, including the first batter of the game and back-to-back walks to begin the second inning.

JJ Goss | RHP | Cypress (Texas) Ranch HS
Committed: Texas A&M

A teammate of Thompson’s at Cypress Ranch High, Goss is also pitching for the Rangers at the Area Code Games and is also committed to Texas A&M. After Thompson pitched three scoreless innings, Goss came on in relief and threw up three zeros of his own, striking out four batters while walking two and allowing three singles.

Listed at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Goss pitches from a slightly crouched, closed-off delivery, but still produced velocity with a fastball that routinely touched 93 mph during his first inning of work. After pitching almost exclusively in the low 90s early in his outing, Goss’ velocity dipped slightly to the 88-90 mph range in his third and final inning. That inning, however, was his most efficient, as he showed better control and retired the side in order with a strikeout, flyout and groundout.

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