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Waiakea’s Medeiros to Compete in Area Code Baseball Series

July 24, 2013, 1:39 PM HST
* Updated July 24, 1:41 PM
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Waiakea High School’s Kodi Medeiros will have a chance to showcase his talents along with the best high school baseball talents in the country at next month’s New Balance Area Code Baseball Games.

The six-day tournament is held from August 5-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach, CA.

Players are evaluated throughout the tournament by scouts to determine their potential to play at the collegiate and professional levels. The event, which is run by Student Sports, will feature scouts from all 30 Major League Baseball organizations and coaches from top level college programs.

Medeiros, who has been known to reach 93-94 miles per hour with his fastball, will compete for the Cincinnati Reds team. He is one of seven left-handed pitchers and 23 players on the Reds’ Area Code roster.

The soon-to-be Waiakea High School senior has committed to play collegiate baseball at the University of Hawai`i. So did Kean Wong, who participated in last year’s edition of the tournament. Wong was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in this year’s MLB draft and is currently playing with the organization’s Gulf Coast League rookie squad.

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Medeiros recently competed in Perfect Game USA’s National Showcase, held June 13-17 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. Scouts clocked his changeup at 82 miles per hour and his slider at 79. An article done by Perfect Game USA noted that when watching Medeiros pitch in one of his outings, “nothing he threw in his two innings was straight.”

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Games played on August 6 will be aired on ESPN3, ESPN’s broadband sports outlet. It is available via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN mobile app. Medeiros’ Reds play the Oakland Athletics Area Code team in a seven-inning game at 8:30 a.m. Hawai`i time.

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