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September 20, 2013

Area Code Games

The Hitters, Part One

by Chris Rodriguez


With the playoffs approaching and the cellar-dwelling teams counting the days until 2014, let’s take a look at some high school bats who shined at the Area Code Games last month. Earlier, we looked at the pitchers.

Jeren Kendall, OF, White Sox #1

The eighth game of the tournament was Kendall’s coming out party. To begin the game, he beat out a slow chopper and was clocked at 4.07 to first. He then promptly stole second and third and then scored on a single. The speed was among the best in the tournament, which he showed both on the bases and in the outfield. Kendall’s defining moment was later on defense. With a runner on second, a fly ball was hit to medium-deep center field and he settled under it and fired a laser to third to end the inning. It was a very impressive show of arm strength and raw athleticism. For a kid not used to seeing quality velocity, Kendall held his own, showing good bat-to-ball ability and quick wrists. His bottom half is a little quiet--you can even see that in the batting practice video--but it’s not a huge fix. Whether he ends up at Vanderbilt or takes some big money this summer, coaches will love Kendall’s tools.

Nicholas Shumpert, 2B, White Sox #25

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