College and pro scouts are going to be able to get one more look at Ryan McNeil this summer.
McNeil, Nipomo High’s star pitcher entering his senior year, has been named to the Milwaukee Brewers’ squad for the upcoming Area Code Games. The event, which will take place at Blair Field in Long Beach from Aug. 5-10, is an annual showcase meant to provide exposure for Division I and big-league talent evaluators.
A year ago, for instance, Arroyo Grande High’s Kyle Raubinger played for the same Brewers team, which represents the Southern California region. Seven other major league organizations also have rosters encompassing prep hopefuls from other regions throughout the country.
Raubinger, after receiving a substantial scholarship package from Loyola Marymount, went on to be drafted in the 28th round by the Baltimore Orioles following his senior season.
McNeil, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander whose fastball has been clocked up to 93 mph, went 7-1 this past season with a 1.40 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 65 innings of work. He earned all-CIF Southern Section Division 5 first-team honors, the Los Padres League’s MVP award, and was named to The Tribune’s all-San Luis Obispo County first team.
Recent articles by ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports routinely mentioned McNeil among the most impressive players at a series of tryouts for the event held earlier this month at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
The news of McNeil being selected for the Area Code Games comes a week after he was named to the roster for the Perfect Game All-American Classic, a similar showcase, which will be played Aug. 14 at PETCO Park in San Diego.
Raubinger named to another all-state team
Raubinger, the reigning county player of the year, was named to MaxPreps.com’s all-state second team Tuesday as a pitcher.
The all-Division 2 first-team choice went 9-1 with a 1.25 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings this past season. He also hit .419 with 25 RBI and seven home runs.
Raubinger was previously named to Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state second team as a multi-purpose player. He’s yet to sign with the Orioles and could still pursue a collegiate career before going into the minors.