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Friday, June 22, 2012
ACB Notebook: Karnos reps for Alaska

By ESPNHS

Max Karnos
Max Karnos of South Anchorage (Alaska) warms up prior to his performance at the Royals tryout for the Area Code Games.
With the second week of Area Code Games tryouts in the books, here's an interview with one player who attended the Royals tryout Wednesday in Pasco, Wash., plus rundowns of all the action from the past week.

Max Karnos
School: South Anchorage (Alaska)
Class: 2013
Position: RHP
Ht/Wt: 6-4/180

ESPNHS: How'd the tryout go?
Karnos: I think things went pretty well. We only got nine warm-up pitches and just faced two batters, but I was hitting my spots, and I think my velocity was a little higher than normal.

ESPNHS: What kind of mindset did you bring into the event, knowing the competition would be tougher than what you're used to in Alaska?
Karnos: I was a little nervous, but I kept telling myself everyone is here trying out for the same team. I was invited here, so I belong here. I believed in my ability and threw like I knew I could.

ESPNHS: What experiences did you draw on when it was your time in the spotlight?
Karnos: Probably my sophomore year of high school when I started the state championship game. We won in 14 innings, and I pitched into the eighth.

ESPNHS: What would it mean to make the Area Code team?
Karnos: I think it would be huge. My dream is to earn a Division I scholarship, which is pretty rare for someone from Alaska. Playing in the Area Code Games would be really good exposure.

ESPNHS: What else do you have planned for the summer?
Karnos: I'm living with my uncle in Washington for the summer and playing baseball with a team called Chaffey. I joined up with them after my high school season ended and we'll play through late July. There were five of us from Chaffey who were at the Area Code tryout.

Royals tryout recap

On Wednesday, the Royals held their one and only workout for the 2012 Area Code Baseball Games. Last year, the Royals went 5-0 for the week, a rare feat at the Area Code Games. This year’s team could resemble last year's, with a talented team of good baseball players.

3B Joey Martarano out of Fruitland (Idaho) showed a strong arm during the infield evaluations and at the plate showed raw power potential. He is committed to Boise State to play football, but his name is being tossed around as a potential first-round MLB draft pick next year, so we’ll see what happens during the next 12 months.

Another player who had a solid swings was 1B Billy King out of Anacortes (Wash.). He showed a good approach at the plate and is another to keep an eye on.

Also, OF Ryan Littlefield out of WF West (Chehalis, Wash.) had a good swing with gap power.

On the mound there were a couple of standout righties with Jeremy Rabauliman and Ky Dye. Rabauliman is out of Kentridge (Kent, Wash.) and Dye is out of Cascade (Everett, Wash.).

Lefty Justin Blatner should be interesting to watch because he throws from a three-quarters slot.

--Andrew Drennen

White Sox tryout recap

The Chicago White Sox started off their regional tryouts by hosting 120 of the top prep players from the Indiana area.

In attendance was 2011 Area Code Games underclassman Trey Ball out of New Castle Chrysler (New Castle, Ind.). Arguably the best underclassman at ACG last year, Ball showed why he is ranked No. 7 in the ESPN 60. The southpaw sits 89-92 with his fastball, throws a deceptive change and a sharp slider.

The surprise of the tryout was Zach Brown out of Seymour (Ind.). He is a right-handed pitcher and shortstop, but he impressed on the mound with his arm strength where he was sitting between 91-93 with his fastball.

RHP Zac Ryan of Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.) , a Georgia Tech commit, was up to 92 on the gun and looks to fill in his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame down the line.

The second tryout was held in Oklahoma and was strong on positional players. None was better than Blake Battenfield from Verdigris (Claremore, Okla.). Battenfield is a shortstop and right-handed pitcher who looks like he can stay at short with his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame and on the mound he can defiantly stay with a projectable arm.

RHP/1B Calvin Munson of Howell (St. Charles, Mo.) showed best on the mound with an array of quality pitches, including an 89-90 mph fastball, a good change and a solid breaking ball.

Andrew Rosa from Owasso (Okla.) was the top position player and is one of the best middle infielders in the nation. Rosa has great instincts, solid arm strength across the diamond and a solid gap-to-gap bat. He looks to be one of the more complete players in the Class of 2013.

The White Sox will hold two more tryouts in Greater Chicago on June 26 and 27.

--Andrew Knepper