Players from the USA Baseball Junior National Team continue to make their marks in the weeks following their silver-medal performance.

Matt Bush, the USA junior shortstop from San Diego, was rated the top prospect in the recent Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., a showcase for the nation's top young baseball players.

Bush and Chuck Lofgren, who played right field for the USA juniors, were ranked 1-2 as the best two-way prospects (pitchers and position players).

But guess who fit right in there with the high-profile players?

Scott Elbert, from Seneca, was ranked the No. 4 overall prospect and the top left-handed pitcher.

"Elbert's stock soared when he pitched between 89-93 mph in his first appearance," Josh Boyd reported on the Baseball America Web site.

"He limited opponents to one hit over three innings, but more importantly, he displayed present stuff to go with his pitchability. His delivery is ... loose and effortless. Elbert's slider is a second plus pitch, an 80-84 mph hard biter down and in on righties. He has a feel for his changeup," Boyd reported.

Elbert most likely sent his draft stock soaring with a strong performance.

He rated ahead of Troy Patton, who arguably threw the best individual game in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in June. Patton, a left-hander from Tombull, Texas, blanked the USA White team in the TOS, then turned down a junior national team invitation.

"Where Elbert is silky smooth on the mound, Patton brings pure electricity to the bump," Boyd said.

The only knock against Bush was his average speed. He hit well and fielded brilliantly, according to Boyd. Bush was ranked the best defensive infielder in the showcase and had the best infield arm. As a pitcher, his curve and slider were both rated the best in the showcase. He was also No. 2 in the best pure hitting rankings.

Bush, Lofgren and Patton are among seven players with TOS connections who have been selected to the West team roster for the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic.

The event, scheduled Aug. 23 in Fort Meyers, Fla., features the top rising senior players in the country. Also on the West roster are right-hander Kenn Kasparek, right-hander Erik Davis, first baseman Luke French and hard-luck catcher Preston Clark.

Clark, from Rockwall, Texas, was dropped from the USA juniors roster because of injury prior to the team's departure for the Pan American championships.

Selected to the East roster were catcher Neil Walker and the Florida trio of right-hander Eric Hurley and outfielders Stephen Chapman and Michael Taylor.

The AFLAC event is endorsed by several organizations, including major league baseball.

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