2020 Preseason All-State East: 2023 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.

Three players from the 2023 class attended the PAS East.  All three performed well enough to make the PBR NC 2023 Ranked and Follow List.  Inside are full evaluations with stats and video.

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


2023 Player Analysis


Jacob Dilley OF / C / Watauga , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/SS. Athletic frame with arm strength present.
Body: 5’11”, 153 pounds. Thin, athletic frame with room to grow.
Defense:  OF-Works through the ball, plays more like an infielder using a two hand catch, lacks rhythm. IF-Quick feet, average hands, catches the ball in center of body, funnels to the belt with clean exchanges.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. OF - 81 mph. OF-medium arm swing, high 3/4 slot. IF-Accurate across the diamond with some carry, medium arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Open setup. Hands load back, average stride working back into the plate. Quick hands, Direct path to ball with some lift out front, working middle to his pull side.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed, barrel control.
Run: 4.02 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Small side step and slide to the 3B side of the rubber. Kick to the low-chest. Tall and stable through balance. Works on-line, landing in-line, wiht a foot-strike that is slightly open. Average extension, finishing square to the target
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing, works to a position of strength. Over-the-top slot, out of the sleeve. Average arm speed. Good arm strength
FB: T83, 78-83 mph. 1770 - 2070 rpm. Around the zone, playing straight.
CB: 68-69 mph.  rpm. Fights for 11/5 shape, rolling early out of the hand at times.
CH: 74-75 mph. 1670 - 1750 rpm. Good arm speed. Slight fade

Dylan Kelly C / 1B / Lee County, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6’1”, 170 pounds. Athletic frame with room for growth.
Defense: 2.00 - 2.16 pop times. Quick release, easy transfers across his chest, quick feet. Balanced receiving with average to above average hands.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot, quick arm.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed, balanced setup. Easy load, short stride, quiet hands. Simple swing. Loose hands, direct barrel path, gets extension out front, line drive approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, barrel control.
Run: 4.32 runner in the 30. 

Lance Phillips RHP / 1B / Green Hope, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 6’3”, 180 pounds.
Delivery: Small rocker and easy turn. Lifts to the belt, coiling the front hip. Closes his line at balance. Works to an average stride, across his line, with a closed foot-strike. Good extension and backside activity out of balance.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing works in-line with his body. High-3/4 slot with above average arm speed.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 1720 - 1850 rpm. Around the zone. Occasional spray
CB: 64-67 mph. 1790 - 1972 rpm. Good arm speed. 10/4 tilt, occasionally early. Hard tilt.
SL: 62-67 mph. 1950 - 2050 rpm. Hump out of the hand and casted a bit. Tends to stay arm side with small top to bottom tilt.
CH: 64-67 mph. 1720 - 2010 rpm. Solid arm speed.