Prep Baseball Report

2018 Area Code Games: Monday Notebook

Nathan Rode

LONG BEACH, CA—The 2018 Area Code Games kicked off Monday morning at Long Beach State’s Blair Field with four batting practice sessions and three games. Taking BP were the Nationals (Southeast), Brewers (Southern California), White Sox (Midwest) and Yankees (Northeast), followed by the Royals (Northwest) vs. Rangers (Texas/Louisiana), Reds (Four Corners/Hawaii) vs. Rangers and Athletics (Northern California) vs. White Sox.

The star of the day was easily IF/OF Glenallen Hill Jr. (Santa Cruz HS, CA). A 5-foot-9, 176-pound Arizona State recruit, he went 3-for-3 with a triple, double and two RBIs against the White Sox. His double gave the A’s a walk-off win. Hill was at Tournament of Stars and showed some rawness with swings and misses in BP, but he also showed extremely fast hands and flashed some loud contact in games. In his first at-bat, he squared up a 91 mph fastball away for a triple to left-center field. The exit velocity was 101. He drove in a run with a single through the right side in his second at-bat and then was hit by a pitch in his next trip. It got him in the foot, but he was clearly fine as he quickly stole second base. With runners on first and second in the seventh inning, Hill squared up a 90 mph fastball for a double to deep left center, which was 102 off the bat.

Here are some more highlights from Monday…

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