With the Area Code Baseball tryouts in full swing, the summer showcase circuit begins. The Cincinnati Reds hosted their first tryout at The College of Southern Nevada, alma mater of Bryce Harper.
The Las Vegas area tryout included players from Utah, Hawaii and New Mexico. Hailing out of Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) High School, Brady Lail brought the heat firing his fastball at 90-91 mph. Throwing from the right-side, his 6-foot-2, 170 pound frame looked projectable and he showed strong poise on the mound.
Bryan Bonnell out of Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.) showed up with what one National League scout called, "the body you look for in a ball player."
Built at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, Bonnell is a duel position player who plays first base and swings a power bat while also tossing darts on the mound. Recently clocked in the low 90's, he was sitting at 87-89 at the College of Southern Nevada primarily due to him pitching in a game two days before the tryout.
Looking at a player with the physicality of Bonnell, scouts can only dream of the immense potential to come.
A two-time area code tryout attendee, Mike Myers out of Silverado (Las Vegas, Nev.) once again displayed his smooth fielding and solid arm at the shortstop position.
Myers attended the tryout as an underclassman last year. This year he hit for a .466 average, smacked three home runs and knocked in 24 runs.
Quite possibly the most impressive player at the tryout was right-handed pitcher and shortstop Zachary Quintana. Attending Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nev.), Quintana is known for his solid bat and glove, but what stood out most was his velocity on the mound. He got his heater up to 93 mph and turned some heads with his versatility.
The youngest player in attendance and hailing out of Hawaii, Christian Donahue, a 2014 graduate, impressed with a solid bat and good glove. Since it is difficult for scouts to travel to the islands, it was a huge opportunity for Donahue to be seen by professional scouts and college coaches. With several more years of high school baseball and the summer travel seasons, this seems like a player you are going to be hearing about in the near future.
The Cincinnati Reds Area Code Baseball tryouts move to Chandler, Arizona on June 17th with a start time of 5:00 PM. The Arizona territory last year displayed great pitching that was just recently drafted in the 2011 MLB first year player draft with Stephen Tarpley (8th round pick), Michael Howard (21st round pick) and Scot Hoffman (29th round pick).
Over the years Arizona has been a hot bed for pitching so we will see what we come upon this year.