2018 Area Code Games: Tuesday Notebook


Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

LONG BEACH, CA—The second day of the 2018 Area Code Games commenced with the other four teams—the Athletics, Rangers, Reds and Royals—taking batting practice before three games. The first game, between the Brewers and Yankees, featured two of the top 2019 pitchers in LHP/1B Spencer Jones (La Costa Canyon HS, CA) and RHP Jack Leiter (Delbarton HS, NJ). Leiter stole the show, dominating for two innings with his fastball and curveball. After a pop out to start the game, he allowed a hard single and then struck out five straight. His fastball sat 91-94 and he showed his usual curveball, an above average offering with 11/5 shape, sharpness and depth at 77-78. His first strikeout came on a curveball down. He then went with 93 up in the zone and struck out the side in the second inning, all with 94 on the outer black. He also mixed in a changeup at 80-81 and a short, darting slider at 83.

Here are some more highlights from Tuesday’s action…

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