There was a new addition to the Area Codes Games History poster that hangs on the third base concourse. Mickey Moniak became the 11th Number One overall pick in the Major League Baseball to have played in the annual showcase that has become the best event of its kind in the country.
“It’s the best event because the players are selected by scouts independent of the event organizers,” said an MLB cross checker.
RELATED: Top pitchers from Area Code Games
As you would expect, the Area Code Games annually host the best baseball prospects in the country, and this year was no exception. While many of the prospects that stood out were industry names, there were a few prospects that somewhat came out of nowhere to make a name for themselves.
Here are my selections for Area Code Games Top 10 position players:
- Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard (Louisville, Ky.): The top all-around athlete in the class thrives both on the mound and in the field. Defensively, Adell offers top of the line speed (sub 6.20 sixty times), excellent arm strength (mid 90’s throws from the OF), and big raw power (won the Home Run Derby). After struggling at the plate in showcases for much of the summer, it appears that Adell has made some adjustments and the hit tool is catching up to the rest of his game. He hit a home run in game and got the barrel on the ball often. Adell is a Louisville commit.
- Calvin Mitchell, OF, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego): Mitchell has one of the most advanced bats in the class, consistently getting the barrel on the ball with a beautiful and fluid swing. He uses the whole field, lining balls to the opposite field and he can turn on balls for power. When you watch Mitchell play, you see a young Garret Anderson type of player. Mitchell is committed to the University of San Diego.
- Garrett Mitchell, OF, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran: The other Mitchell on the Brewers’ squad offers a more dynamic set of tools than Calvin, with outstanding speed that turned multiple ground balls up the middle into doubles. Garrett also displays raw power from the left side that make his skill set more dynamic than most of the other outfielders on the list. Mitchell was an on-base machine at the Area Code Games, showing a patient approach at the plate that saw many walks turned into doubles as he swiped several bases throughout the week. Mitchell is committed to UCLA.
- Royce Lewis, OF/Inf, JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.): Yet another dynamic player on the Brewers roster, Lewis adds versatility to the mix as he can play virtually anywhere on the field. He played up the middle on the dirt for the Brewers as well as the outfield, with some thinking CF will be his future long term home as his plus speed and instincts help him get to a lot of balls that many others don’t. He was a runner-up in the home run derby. Lewis is committed to UC-Irvine.
- Nick Allen, SS, Francis Parker (San Diego): The 2017 class is loaded in Southern California, and Allen is the top middle infielder in the class. Don’t let his 5-9 frame fool you, Allen is a special defender and has the arm to stay at shortstop. He makes highlight reel plays on a regular basis. At the plate he employs a gap-to-gap approach and consistently get the barrel on the ball. Allen is a prototype No. 2 hitter that will get compared to Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve. Allen is committed to Southern California.
- Conner Uselton, OF, Southmoore (Moore, Okla.); Uselton is a tooled-up outfielder with a right field skill set. Standing at 6-3 and 195 pounds, Uselton is an imposing figure in the field and in the batters box. He’s willing to drive the ball to the opposite field gap and will punish mistakes on the inner half.
- Jeter Downs, SS, SLAM Charter (Miami): Downs is a toolsy middle infielder with plus speed (6.45 sixty yard dash) and a strong arm. He showed a good feel for hitting and his power showed in game as he hit two home runs. Downs is committed to the University of Miami.
- Christian Robinson, OF, Viera (Rockledge, Fla.): Simply put, Robinson “looks the part.” With a chiseled 6-2, 210 pound frame, he looks like a major leaguer already. His calling card is his big power, and the only question is will he hit enough to tap into that power. He displayed enough hit tool to land on the list as he had a lot of loud contact including an opposite field home run in game. Robinson is committed to Florida.
- Adam Hall, SS, A.B. Lucas Secondary School (Ontario): Not a physically imposing athlete like some of the others on the list, Hall is simply “a baseball player.” He has the range for shortstop and has excellent speed (sub 6.30 sixty yard dash) and enough arm for scouts to view him as a shortstop for now. At the plate he shows a good approach and has very good bat speed. Hall hit a home run in one of the games. He is committed to Texas A&M.
- Hunter Greene, SS, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.): The top pitcher on the list is a true two-way athlete with smooth defensive actions at shortstop and a cannon arm that can make the throws from multiple arm angles as needed. He doesn’t have excellent foot speed, but covers ground with excellent instincts and feel for the position. He didn’t hit a lot in the games, but he offers up big power from the right side and uses a full field approach. Greene is very young for the class and could outgrow shortstop but he could easily handle third base if a position change is needed down the road. Greene is committed to UCLA.