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Area Codes Game 12: Moore Justice for Midwest pitchers; Ficociello keeps hitting

August 8, 2009

The pitching-rich White Sox team ran out two more right-handers who touched 91 Saturday afternoon at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., both powerfully built and capable of more power. Dominic Ficociello continued to hit everything thrown his way – and hit it hard.

Brandon Moore (Van Buren HS, Van Buren, Ark.), listed at 6-2, 235, pitched at 86-91 with a 77 change-up. He’s got a nice loose and whippy arm action, much looser than many pitchers with his body type. There’s room for more here and he’ll be draft quality out of high school.

Mason Justice (Holland Hall, Tulsa, OK) is listed at 6-4, 182 and pitched at 89-91 with room for more in the future. He’ll also be draft quality out of high school.

Moore and Justice completed an impressive run for this region’s pitchers at the Area Code games, a list that included right-handers Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley and left-handers Jordan Shipers and Albert Minnis.

Ficociello (Fullerton HS, Calif.) continued to hit his way past any concerns that his physical projection is finished. Long before he has filled out, Ficociello is showing that he has the hands, wrists and forearms to make hard, line-drive contact with wood. He collected three more hits and sprayed the ball to the entire field, giving him five in his team’s double-header Saturday. His hits in this game were a solid single to left field, a hard single up the middle and a loud and hard single to right field against Moore.

Right-hander Cody Buckel (Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.) threw well again. The 6-1 right-hander again showed good arm speed, pitching at 89-91. Buckel isn’t a giant, but his powerfully-built lower half gives him some room for fastball growth. If more velocity comes, he could profile as a closer.


4 Responses to “Area Codes Game 12: Moore Justice for Midwest pitchers; Ficociello keeps hitting”

  1. Mark Stanek says:

    Just wanted to know about Ryne Stanek #32 who pitched the 3rd and 4th innings

  2. John Klima says:

    Ryne pitched in two games effectively with his FB velocity around 85-86 according to my notes. He did just fine in these stints and I’m sure at this time it should help him find a college to pitch for. Good luck to him in 10.

  3. doug justice says:

    was wondering how Mason did in his outings

  4. John Klima says:

    Sorry I don’t have his pitching lines, stat-wise, but I know he threw well enough at the ACs for me to use him as a headline in one game. There were a lot of good arms on that White Sox team and I included him in that group. If you search his name on the site, I think he comes up two or three times.

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