Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: 5 Star Carolina Position Players

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Sunday June 7th, PBR Scouts were in attendance for the 5 Star Organizaitonal workout at The Athletic Barn in Waxhaw, NC.  The Athletic Barn is a beautiful facility that allowed 5 Star to keep their players spread out, while running close to 200 players through the workout.  Beginning at 9am, the day concluded at 5pm. 

PBR Scouts ran TrackMan for 85 bullpens, collecting data on the arms in the 5 Star Carolina program.  Scouts were also able to see position players workout from their respective positions and take some swings in the cages.  Off-site, 5 Star catchers were able to throw pop times for PBR scouts while position players ran a 60 on the laser timers. 

Today we jump into some of the arms that were on display for 5 Star.  With 85 arms throwing on the day, we are still working through a lot of the notes taken, but these arms stood out.

CLICK HERE to see the roster of players in attendance and their statistics.





Braxton Church, C, 2021  --  App State commit. Threw with ease to second base. Very accurate, posting the best pop time of the day at 1.90. Body still has room to fill out which could add to more pop from the left side of the plate.

Noah Hill, C, 2022  --  Left hand hitter with strength and lift to his barrel path. Extremely accurate during his defensive work with some carry on his throws to second base.

Justin Lehman, C, 2021  --  Army commit. Arm strength stands out from behind the plate. Accurate throws carry. Loose swing from the left side with pop to his pull side.

Jeb Despard, C, 2021  --  Quick hands with bat speed and strength. Drove balls during batting practice, exit velocity at 95 mph off the tee. Quick release with accurate arm from behind the plate.

Nik Deberry, C, 2022  --  Carry to second base stood out from behind the plate. Accurate with his best pop time at 1.94. Short swing with strength to his hands lining balls to his pull side.

Nick Dionisio, C, 2023  --  Strong build with quick feet and a quick release. Accurate when hips get in line with his target. Wide base, short barrel path with strong hands and a line drive approach.

Gage Tomlin, C, 2022  --  Fluid through his throws to second base with some accuracy and carry. Best pop time recorded at 2.07.

Seth Christmas, SS, 2022  --  Strong, athletic build. Fluid and balanced in the box. Above average bat speed with feel for his barrel. Posted solid numbers across the board during his workout.

Gavin Sentell, SS, 2021  --  Fluid and loose from the left side. Worked through the middle of the cage with better than average barrel feel and bat speed. Arm reached 88 mph on the gun.

Tyler Zedalis, SS, 2023  --  Mature approach during batting practice. Fluid swing, strong through contact. Above average bat speed and barrel awareness.

Ethan McKay, OF, 2021  --  UNC-Greensboro commit. Quickness is present running a 6.84 in the 60. Fluid stroke, with a strong base and feel for his barrel. Arm up to 87 mph from the outfield.

Toney McFadden, OF, 2023  --  Chiseled, athletic frame. Runs like a running back posting a 6.63 in the 60. Left hand hitter, loose, quick hands with a direct barrel path working through the middle of the cage. Arm up to 83 mph from the outfield.

JP Cunningham, 2B, 2022  --  Clemson commit. Quick burst off the line running a 6.74 in the 60. Loose swing with a fast barrel through the zone. Balanced approach with bat control.

Ben Hodge, SS, 2021  --  Athletic frame with room to add strength. Simple, fluid swing with barrel awareness working through the middle of the cage.

Cayden Jones, OF, 2023  --  Long, athletic frame. Loose, quick hands with bat speed. Ran a 6.94 60, with his arm strength and exit velocity over 85 mph on the gun.

Brantley Truitt, OF, 2023  --  Athletic frame with room for growth ahead. Relaxed and fluid from the left side. Direct barrel path with quick hands staying through the zone lining balls through the middle of the cage.

Larson Scholtz, OF, 2022  --  Strong, athletic frame with quickness present. Has bat speed with the ball coming hard off the barrel. Posted the top exit velocity on the day at 96 mph.

Jack McGowan, 1B, 2022  --  Strong frame. Balanced swing with a direct barrel path. Loose hands with better than average barrel control and bat speed. Lots of hard contact with a line drive approach.

Ty Mathis, 3B, 2023  --  Strong build. Arm reached 87 mph on the gun. Quick hands with some lift to his barrel path. Ball come hard off the barrel.

Chase Ketner, SS, 2022  --  Quick twitch present in athletic frame with room for growth ahead. Switch hitter with quick hands from both sides of the plate with a short swing and barrel feel.