LONG BEACH, Calif. — Clovis High senior Jason Seefeld is the only New Mexico player participating in the 17th annual Area Code Baseball Games this week.
Seefeld, a shortstop-pitcher for the Wildcats, has been playing shortstop this week for the Cleveland Indians, one of nine teams participating in the week-long circuit at Long Beach State’s Blair Field. He said about 300 pro scouts and 100 college scouts are on hand to watch.
The Indians, who being coached by Cleveland scout Scott Meany, are made up of players from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
Seefeld’s team won its opener 2-1 on Monday over the Seattle Mariners, a team comprised of players primarily from Washington and Oregon. Tuesday, they lost 5-1 to the Montreal Expos, whose players come from Maine and Latin America.
“Basically, this week has been like facing major league pitchers,” Seefeld said. “The guys we faced today (Tuesday) were throwing 93-96 mph.”
Seefeld, along with about a half-dozen other New Mexicans, was recommended to try out for the team in Phoenix by E.J. Chavez, a scout for the Chicago White Sox. He is splitting time at shortstop this week with one other player.
The team wraps up the week with games today, Friday and Saturday.