Prep Baseball Report

2020 Preseason All-State East: 2020 Player Analysis

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

On Sunday February 2nd, sixty of the top players in the state of North Carolina converged at the Next Level Training Center in Greenville, NC.  The Preseason All-State showcase event is the top winter event in North Carolina year after year and with the increased demand, there are now two sessions, an east and a west.  Below we continue our first look at some player notes from the Preseason All-State East.   

The day consisted of a full pro-style workout with pitchers throwing controlled bullpens, followed by defensive workouts for the position players.  Hitters were able to go through multiple cages to get loose prior to moving through two exit velocity stations.  Live BP was taken in a large cage, allowing scouts and coaches to see the ball fly off the bat.

The 2020 class was well represented in Greenville with several infielders, arms, and high level catchers.  Three of the six seniors are committed, but we suspect the three uncommitted will be follows into the spring.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Preseason All-State East

Preseason All-State West – By the Numbers:

  • 60 players went through the workout at Next Level Training Center
  • 50 players ran the laser timed 30 yard dash
  • 3.61 was the top 30 yard time
  • 15 players ran sub-4.00 in the 30 yard dash
  • 14 players registered an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher off the bat
  • 97 mph was the top registered exit velocity
  • 93 mph was the top positional velocity from the OF
  • 94 mph was the top positional velocity across the infield
  • 10 catchers flashed a pop time of 2.10 or better in their workout
  • 24 arms threw controlled bullpens at the workout
  • 9 players were 83 or higher
  • 89 mph was the top fastball from the event


2020 Player Analysis




Joey Ferrari SS / 2B / Sanderson , NC / 2020

Positional Profile: SS/2B. Solid fundamental setup with quickness present.
Body: 5’10”, 155 pounds. Thin frame with quick twitch athleticism.
Defense:  Plays relaxed with quick feet and looseness to the body. Soft hands with smooth transfers.
Arm: RH. Working through his throwing progression and did not throw at the event.
Hit: LHH. Tall, open setup with a narrow base. Loads with leg kick, medium stride, hands get back. Quick hands, level bat path, gets extension out front. Lined drive approach working middle to his pull side.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average barrel feel with average bat speed.
Run: 3.82 runner in the 30.



Christopher (Chris) Wollum OF / RHP / Cary , NC / 2020

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 5’11, 170 pounds. Athletic frame.
Defense:  Works to the ball, feet stop at catch, average hands, with a long exchange.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot. Accurate arm.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup. Smooth load with a small leg kick creating momentum into the ball. Hands work back. Barrel works short to the ball with a middle approach. Some stiffness in the hands.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average barrel feel with average bat speed.
Run: 4.33 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Stable over the rubber with a kick to the low-chest. Controlled rhythm. Works on-line, landing square. Pelvic tilt and head lean out of balance cut off some arm speed.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing, barring toward 2B. Ball turns early getting to an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T71, 66-71 mph. 1500 - 1570 rpm. Around the zone with early fade out of the hand.
CB: 57-60 mph. 1660 - 1700 rpm. Slow roll through a 11/5 arc. Showed feel.
CH: 58-59 mph. 1070 - 1220 rpm. Slows the hand slightly. Attacks the zone.



Jonathan Villa C / OF / Lumberton, NC / 2020

Fayetteville Tech CC commit
Positional Profile: C/OF. Added strength to the frame has elevated his ability. Loud BP at the event
Body: 5’11”, 180 pounds. Average frame with strength present.
Defense: 2.23 - 2.34 pop times. Quick transfers across the chest, quick feet. Relaxed receiving with average hands.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Accurate arm, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed setup with a narrow base. Loads with a toe tap, short stride with the barrel going from a flat to vertical position. Loose, fast hands, fluid swing, keeps his barrel in the zone with a line drive approach.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has barrel whip through the zone, making lots of hard contact, plenty of barrel feel.
Run: 4.17 runner in the 30. 



Cal Tyndall SS / 2B / Midway, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: SS/2B.
Body: 5’9”, 175 pounds. Average build.
Defense:  Relaxed, keeps his feet under him getting to a balanced catch position. Catches the ball in the center of his body with average hands, getting the ball in the air to first base quickly.
Arm: RH. INF -  67 mph. Accurate arm, short arm action, 3/4 slot. Did not turn throws loose across the infield, concentrating on quicker exchange and release
Hit: RHH. Upright setup, narrow base. Dives into the plate with a short stride, quiet hands. Middle approach with some lift in the swing path, getting extension.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average feel for barrel with average bat speed.
Run: 3.99 runner in the 30.



Cole Chipman LHP / North Wilkes, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: LHP.
Body: 6’3”, 185 pounds.
Delivery: Simple delivery working to a low-chest with his kick. On-line, lands in-line with a slightly open foot-strike. Average to above extension
Arm Action: LH. Medium arm swing with strength to a high-3/4 slot. Clean
FB: T80, 76-80 mph. 2170 - 2180 rpm. Firm with slight arm side run to the arm side. Showed feel for both sides.
CB: 66-70 mph. 2010 - 2010 rpm. Gradual 11/5 tilt, pounding the down zone. Tunnels with fastball.
SL: 67-69 mph. 2280 - 2280 rpm. Shorter tilt. Late action with sweep and slight tilt.
CH: 63-64 mph. 1170 - 1170 rpm. Average arm speed. Good extension. Some fade.



Michael Groves C / OF / Holly Springs, NC / 2020

UNC Asheville commit
Positional Profile: C/OF.  Physical frame with looseness in the hips and quickness present.
Body: 6’4”, 205 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense: 1.90 - 2.11 pop times. INF - Plays relaxed with better than average hands. Funnels to the belt after catch with clean exchanges. C-Quick feet with quick exchanges high across his chest. Has hip mobility receiving with average hands.
Arm: RH. C - 81 mph. INF - 86 mph. IF-Short arm action with some quickness. Accurate throws with carry. C-Short, quick arm, high 3/4 slot. Accurate with some carry.
Hit: SWH. RH-Balanced, slightly open. Loads with a leg kick, small hand cock. LH-Open setup. Leg kick load, getting back to even, hands work back. Fluid swing from both sides. Flatter bat path from the right side. More lift from the left side with a more pull approach.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Barrel feel and bat speed are slightly better from the right but shows ability to continue to hit from both sides.
Run: 4.24 runner in the 30.