Since Houston may be in line for the No. 1 overall pick, things like the Area Code Games take on a bit more importance. See, this is one of those showcases where all the top high schoolers show off for scouts in a national setting. The problem? It doesn't sound like many of them are making a case to be the top player in this draft class.â†µ
Nick Wiliams, the lanky outfielder from Galveston Ball, isn't wowing anyone but another Houston-area guy is making a pretty good impression. The Klein Collins shortstop didn't look great on the first day, according to John Klima over at Baseball Prospect Report, but made up for it with a great line drive on Day Two. Hinojosa is a plus defender at shortstop and will turn some scouts on with his batting practice displays. I don't think Houston would go for him with the first overall pick, especially with some of the college players out there, but he reminds me a bit of Tim Beckham as a guy who could jump up and grab that top spot.â†µ
Still plenty of time to sort out who might be that top pick, including Stanford's Mark Appel or Kenny Diekroeger or Williams, but Houston does have a couple local options that might make fans excited down the road.