Commentary

Yankees tryout in Waltham, Mass. yields strong crop

Originally Published: June 12, 2011
By Jon Mahoney | ESPNHS.com

WALTHAM, MASS.  It was a rainy, damp Saturday in Massachusetts, but that didn't deter nearly 100 of top high school baseball players in the Northeast from showing up at Robert DeFelice Field on the campus of Bentley University for the New York Yankees Area Code Baseball Tryouts. This was the first of four tryouts for the Yankees squad that will travel to play in the 25th Area Code Baseball Games from Aug. 5-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.

Last year's Yankees Area Code contingent featured six players who were selected in the first 200 picks of last week's Major League Baseball Draft, including Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.) right-hander Tyler Beede, who was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.

This year's tryout attendees have similar aspirations. And while they weren't able to get in a full tryout due to the rain  it was called prior to batting practice  there were still plenty of players who showcased their skills.

Yankees scout and Area Code coach Matt Hyde said juniors Rhett Wiseman and Chris Shaw were the best players in attendance. Here is his take on Wiseman and Shaw, who have committed to Vanderbilt and Boston College, respectively, as well as five others who shined during the rain-shortened tryout.

Rhett Wiseman
Buckingham Browne & Nichols (Cambridge, Mass.)
Outfielder, Class of 2012
"He's a plus runner with a smooth, left-handed swing. He's a guy I've seen before, and he played really well against Tyler Beede."

Chris Shaw
Lexington (Lexington, Mass.)
First Baseman, Class of 2012
"I've seen him play before like Wiseman. He's big and physical with a good, smooth left-handed swing. The defense will come along."

Ryley MacEachern
Austin Prep (Reading, Mass.)
Right-handed Pitcher, Class of 2012
"He was up to 91 mph. He's got a good body and is more of a projectable."

Matt Tulley
Lowell (Lowell, Mass.)
Right-handed Pitcher, Class of 2012
"He's got a quick arm. He got up to 91 and showed a good, hard slider."

Connor Perry
Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.)
Catcher, Class of 2012
"He showed a strong arm and puts the ball right on the bag when he throws it."

Scott Cullinane
East Greenwich (East Greenwich, R.I.)
Catcher, Class of 2012
"He's a really projectable kid. His strength isn't there yet, but he makes it look easy."

Buck McCarthy
Everett (Everett, Mass.)
Catcher, Class of 2012
"He got the ball down to second in the 1.8- to 1.9-second range, which is really good."

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Jon Mahoney is a football and baseball editor for ESPNHS. Email him at jon.mahoney@espn.com.