baseball baseThe Area Code Games are an annual amateur baseball showcase, similar in a way to the Cade Cod League, and success in the Area Code Games can go a long way to towards elevanting the draft status of a particular player. There are more than a few players who established their draft status almost entirely through their performance in events like this.

And now we can watch it happen. Baseball America has been streaming the Area Code Games live through their website this year, and if you want to get an early look at players we could be talking about around draft day next year, this is a good opportunity.

Then again, with Chicago, Myrtle Beach, South Bend, and Eugene all playing particularly well right now, Cubs fans have no shortage of viewing options when it comes to watching baseball.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Oklahoma City 6, Iowa 0
Iowa fans got to see a Puig homer. Silver linings?

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 7, Montgomery 0
A shutout, but the good kind.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 7, Salem 4
The Pelicans are on a ten game winning streak.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 4, Great Lakes 1
South Bend leads Chicago by one game in the wins column.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 11, Salem-Keizer 5
The Emeralds now have a five game winning streak.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Indians 8, Cubs 4
Four Cub errors led to three Indian unearned runs.

  • Javier Assad: 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 7 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 3 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Kevin Zamudio: 2 for 4, 2B, HR
  • Jhonny Peredia: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Rafael Mejia: 1 for 4, HR


Other Notes

  • Pierce Johnson as a reliever: 8 IP, 12 K, 3 BB, GO/AO 1.75, and batters are hitting just .241 off him. The sample size is small, but there are signs that this bullpen thing could work out very well for both Johnson and the Cubs.
  • Zach Hedges has now struck out out ten over fourteen consecutive scoreless innings. In that same span he has walked just two.
  • The Eugene Emeralds have posted some really interesting videos to their YouTube account this year (the first person batting practice being the standout entry), but it looks like they are not the only team inhabiting the awesome video space. The Iowa Cubs have released a panable video that contains a series of 360 shots of a typical Iowa Cubs evening game, starting with the ticket window and ending with fireworks. If you have ever wanted to ride along on a t-shirt cannon cart, this video is for you.


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