Area Code Games, Day 3

Game 7

Royals 4
White Sox 3

Game 8

Rangers 4
Yankees 3

Top Performers:
Jimmy Lewis (Lake Travis) 3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 Ks
Brett Baty (Lake Travis) 1-3, RBI, Run

Game 9

Nationals 5
Brewers 0

Top Performers:
Brandon Gonzales (San Antonio Madison) 2-2, SB, Run

Game 10

Athletics 1
Reds 1

Standings after 3 Days

Rangers 2 0 1
Royals 2 0 1
Athletics 1 0 1
Nationals 2 1 0
Yankees 1 1 0
Reds 0 1 1
Brewers 0 2 0
White Sox 0 3 0


Yesterday’s Home Run Derby Results

Championship Round

Riley Greene (Nationals) 7
Henry Gargus (Royals) 8

Round 2

Brett Baty (Rangers) 6
Riley Greene (Nationals) 7

Henry Gargus (Royals) 5
Michael Dixon (Athletics) 2

Round 1

Chase Knight (Yankees) 4
Brett Baty (Rangers) 5

Brian Kalmer {Reds) 0
Henry Gargus (Royals) 1

Matthew McCormick (White Sox) 5
Riley Greene (Nationals) 6

Emanuel Dean (Brewers) 0
Michael Dixon (Athletics} 1


Day 3 Recognition from Baseball America

Brett Baty | 3B/1B | Lake Travis HS, Austin
Committed: Texas

The Texas Rangers club at this year’s Area Code Games might be the most impressive team from top to bottom this summer, and the slugging Brett Baty is certainly part of the reason why. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefthanded hitter put on one of the most impressive batting practices on Tuesday, showing big-time raw power and the ability to drive the ball out of the park to the pull-side (multiple times) and the left-center gap to the opposite field.

While Baty didn’t homer in Wednesday’s action, he put triple-digit exit velocities on the scoreboard, according to TrackMan, multiple times. During his first at-bat, Baty got into a 92 mph fastball and hit the pitch into center field at 100.4 mph. He flew out, but the contact itself was impressive. After flying out again in his second plate appearance (this one on an 89 mph fastball), Baty singled in his third at-bat, driving a 74 mph curveball to left-center at 101.3 mph.

Sanson Faltine | OF | Fort Bend Travis HS, Richmond, Texas
Committed: Texas

Another member of the Rangers team, Faltine was one of several Texas players who took impressive BP on Tuesday. Also committed to Texas along with Baty, Faltine didn’t show the sort of raw power that Baty did, but regularly shot line drives into the gaps. Faltine went 0-for-2 at the plate in Wednesday’s game against the Yankees, but did hit a screaming groundball to the opposite field, turning around an 89 mph pitch that left his bat at 93.3 mph.

While Faltine is more of a pro prospect as an athletic outfielder, he got on the mound for two innings and showed impressive spinrates on both his 87-90 mph fastball and mid-70s, three-quarter curveball. Faltine spun his breaking ball in the 2500-2600 RPM range, while his fastball was even higher in the 2700-2800 RPM range.

Faltine struck out two batters, but also allowed some hard contact and in the second inning as his control backed up. Yet it was interesting to see a primary position player throw such high spinrates with multiple pitches. He generated three whiffs with his fastball and three with his curve. Faltine also threw a changeup in the upper 70s, but couldn’t locate it effectively, spiking it in the dirt.


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