The top 220-plus high school baseball players from across the country in the class of 2021 and 2022 made their way to Atlanta, Georgia, earlier in August for the 2020 Area Code Baseball Games and the Area Code Baseball Underclass Games. Included in that mix were a handful of local guys from the area. Mikey Romero, who played at Vista Murrieta spring 2020, was joined on the Underclass Milwaukee Brewers team with David Horn, who played at Murrieta Valley High School spring 2020 and Tyler Gough, who currently plays at Heritage High School. On the upper-class Milwaukee Brewers team was senior right-hander, Caleb Anderson, of Paloma Valley High School. The Brewers were the Southwest Region representatives and each player listed has plans to attend college and play baseball after college.

Mikey Romero of Menifee, right, and David Horn, who played at Murrieta Valley High School spring 2020, take part in the 2020 Area Code Underclass Games for the Milwaukee Brewers scout team. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Romero plans to attend the University of Arizona (2022), Horn has plans to attend University of California Los Angeles (2022), Gough (2022) is an Oregon State University commit and Anderson will join the California State University Fullerton Titans after he graduates in 2021.

Due to the nationwide impact caused by COVID-19, the Area Code organizers decided to move the event to the LakePoint Sports Complex, the premier youth sports destination, in Atlanta. LakePoint Sports is a world-class venue, with eight major league-sized, all turf fields that hosted both Area Code events simultaneously. The Area Code Baseball Games took place from Aug. 7-10, with the Area Code Baseball Underclass Games running from the 8th-10th. This decision was made in an effort to accommodate the participants, partners, scouts and other stakeholders in the industry as everyone navigates these unique circumstances.

Paloma Valley High School’s Caleb Anderson represents the region at the 2020 Area Code Baseball Games in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier in August playing for the Milwaukee Brewers scout team. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Eight regional teams played in a five-day showcase. The rosters featured the best young baseball players from around the nation competing at the highest level, while being evaluated at the highest level. Scouts from all 30 Major League teams as well as top NCAA coaches were in attendance. This tournament serves as the beginning of a yearlong interview process culminating with the Major League Baseball Draft the following June.

Notable alumni include Albert Pujols of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim​, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers​, Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies, Mike Moustakas of the Cincinnati Reds, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, football player Desean Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jay Bruce of the Philadelphia Phillies.

To learn more about the Area Code games, visit http://www.areacodebaseball.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.