Friday, July 6, 2012
ACB Notebook: Brew crew taking shape
By Andrew Drennen
El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.) senior shortstop/right-handed pitcher Chris Rivera shined at the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Baseball regional tryout.
With two days of tryouts in the books for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team, here's a look at some of the top players in attendance.
Standout shortstop Chris Rivera of El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.) may be the best at his position in the country. Rated No. 21 in the ESPN 60, Rivera played last year at Area Code for the Brewers and was solid again at this year's workout. He has a strong arm and has good feet. Rivera was in Cary, N.C., earlier this summer trying out for the 18U National Team as a pitcher. But it looks like his future position is shortstop.
Catcher Tyler Alamo out of Cypress (Cypress, Calif.) has a strong frame at 6-4, 205. At the plate he showed some power and a good approach. If there is one area he needs to work on it is his receiving skills.
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford had a great day. He showed a good fastball and a changeup with some depth. He has a projectable body at 6-4, 190 with room to put on additional weight down the line.
Perhaps the highlight of Day 2 came in the scrimmage when first baseman David Denson out of South Hills (Covina, Calif.) hit a tape-measure shot. He has a lot of raw power and will end up at first base.
Colin Winters showed a strong arm from the outfield and possesses some power at the plate. He was on the bubble a year ago of making the team and we’ll see what happens this year. He is out of La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.).
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) shortstop Ryan McMahon displayed a strong arm in the field and a compact swing at the plate with the ability to hit to all fields. The strong arm is no surprise as he is also a quarterback for the Monarchs' football team.