Congratulations to Chris Carns – Dominating Area Code Games!
Driveline athlete Chris Carns had an excellent appearance for the Area Code Games Royals team, posting a final line of:
2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 HB, 4 K
He pitched against the Area Code Games Brewers, who represent the best of Southern California, one of the toughest teams in the Area Code Games tournament. Prior to entering the game, the Brewers had scored 9 runs in just 2.2 innings, torching the Royals’ pitchers before Chris came on to stop them.
Chris sat 87-89 MPH. His best fastball velocity in a game in 2013 was 93 MPH at a Washington State University tournament, and he usually sits 88-91 MPH in games.
Chris showed off his awesome leg kick in his wind-up mechanics:
Below is a full batter-by-batter log of Chris’ appearance, along with the high schools, commitments, and Perfect Game grades each hitter got. Chris struck out Alex Jackson, who is considered to be the best prep hitter in the 2014 MLB Draft class. (link)
Chris does not currently have a verbal commitment to any college to play baseball – if you are looking for more information on Chris, get in touch with us and we will send your information along to Chris and his family.
Came in Top 3rd w/ 2 outs
Luke Dykstra (Westlake HS, UNLV Commit, PG 10) – Walk
Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo, Oregon Commit, #1 prospect in the 2014 draft class) – Swinging Strikeout (Fastball)
Marcus Wilson (Junipero Serra HS, Arizona State commit, PG 10) – Hit Batter (Curveball)
Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake, UNC Commit, PG 10) – Strikeout Looking (Fastball)
Eric Ramirez (Rio Mesa HS, Uncommitted, PG 8) – Groundball, Fielder’s Choice, 4-6 (Curveball)
DJ Peters (Glendora HS, Cal State Fullerton Commit, PG 10) – Walk
Jonah Hargroves (St. Bernards HS, Uncommitted, PG Unrated) – Strikeout Swinging (Fastball)
Nick Valakia (Hart HS, UCLA Commit, PG Unrated) – Strikeout Looking (Curveball)
Kyle Dean (Poway HS, San Diego Commit, PG Unrated) – Groundball, 6-3 (Curveball)
Brewers #11 – Groundball, 6-3 (Curveball)
Video of his appearance:
EDIT: Chris got to play some RF on Wednesday and went 2-for-2 at the plate, collecting two of the three hits the entire Royals team had all day!
EDIT2: Video of his swing that produced a double in the gap.
EDIT3: Chris got an inning for the Royals on August 9th, throwing 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. A crosschecker told us that his velocity was 87-88 with a few 89s and one or two 90s. His final line for Area Code Games is 3.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HB, 6 K. Congratulations!
Brad Guzzie -
Does Chris Carns build up extra energy by lifting his leg that high? I have Nolan Ryan’s book, and Tom House has a computer generator showing how much energy the body builds up before the pitch is thrown. Tom House said that since Nolan’s left leg was 19% of his body, and by lifting it 6 inches higher, was that Nolan recruited 3% more energy before releasing the fastball which equated to a 2 mph increase. I would like to know exactly how much energy is increased with that ultra high leg lift before delivering a pitch. I hold a Tae Kwon Do blackbelt, and I feel I could lift my leg that high in order to produce more velocity.