5 Star Carolina Viper Workout Statistics

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

Prep Baseball Report was invited to attend the 5 Star Carolina Viper workout day at Diamond Xtreme in Kernersville, NC on Sunday May 20th.  The workout included players from the 5 Star Viper program in the 2019 – 2022 class, as well as two uncommitted 2018 graduates.  Along with PBR, approximately 15 college coaches were in attendance to take in the workout.

Over 95 players took part in the day, going through a modified pro style workout.  Each position player was able to workout offensively, taking a full round of BP in the spacious 100’x100’ field cage at Diamond Xtreme.  During the BP portion, players were able to use the Hit Trax to monitor distance and exit velocity off the bat.  The defensive portion saw catchers make full length throws to 2B, outfielders made 100’ throws from CF, into netting, and infielders were able to take ground balls and throw across the infield.  Players were run through some agility testing by 5 Star staff including a standing broad jump and 5-10-5 agility test. 

Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen working their complete repertoire of pitches.  Velocities were taken as each arm was evaluated.

Below are some of the top statistical efforts from the workout. 

To see the full statistical breakdown, of every player in attendance, CLICK HERE.

5 Star Carolina Viper - Statistical Leaders

TOP OF Velocity
19 outfielders worked out on the day with 13 registering a velocity of 80 mph or better.  Two 2020 OF got to 90, with Trey Carter at 94 and Joshua Rivera at 90.  Five of the top 6 radar readings were from 2020 prospects with all 19 players from the 2019 and 2020 classes.
Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
Trey Carter VA Carlisle 2020 OF 94
Joshua Rivera NC Gray's Creek 2020 MIF 90
Archie Herring NC Northern Guilford 2020 MIF/OF 86
Shemar Dalton NC South Stokes 2020 OF 85
Carlos Amezquita NC West Forsyth 2019 OF 84


Top INF Velocity
Alejandro Rodriguez is an intriguing 2020 prospect with fluid actions behind the plate and in the middle infield.  The arm plays from either, touching 89 across the diamond to lead all infielders.  52 infielders in all, ranging from 2018 - 2022 graduates, took ground balls on the day.  22 of the 52 were 77 or better from their position with 7 flashing premium carry at 85 mph or better.
Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
Alejandro Rodriguez NC Southeast Guilford 2020 C/MIF 89
Jaylen Mack NC Red Springs 2019 C/3B 87
Joshua Rivera NC Gray's Creek 2020 MIF 86
Nick Neal NC Randleman 2020 1B 86
Michael Dansky NC Providence 2019 SS 86


Top Catcher Pop Times
25 catchers worked out at Diamond Xtreme with 17 recording pop times of 2.15 or better.  Of the top 5 pop times, each also recorded a positional velocity of 78 mph, or higher, out of the crouch.  The top positional velocity belonged to Jeb Despard at 83mph.   Seth Querze peaked at 82, with Luke Bumgarner and Alejandro Rodriguez each touching 80.  The pop time ranges below, include at least four throws from each backstop.
Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
Luke Bumgarner NC North Gaston 2019 C 1.87 - 2.00
MJ Lucas NC Parkwood 2019 3B/C 1.89 - 2.01
Alejandro Rodriguez NC Southeast Guilford 2020 C/MIF 1.89 - 2.05
Ben Gilks NC Cuthbertson 2018 C 1.90 - 1.98
Seth Querze SC Clover 2019 C/INF 1.92 - 2.10


TOP exit Velocities (offensive)
Each hitter spent some time in a cage with Hit Trax giving them an ability to watch the ball fly, off a tee, measuring exit velocity, distance, and where the ball may have landed on a field.  Nick Neal is a physcially imposing 1B who touched 103 off the barrel.  14 of 72 hitters worked at 90 mph or better.  32 were above 85, with hitters ranging in years from 2018 - 2022 graduates.
Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo (off Tee)
Nick Neal NC Randleman 2020 1B 103
Jeb Despard NC Marvin Ridge 2021 C/1B 94
Javier Martinez NC Cresset Christian 2019 3B/RHP 93
Blake Little NC CATA 2019 RHP/1B 92
Trey Carter VA Carlisle 2020 OF/RHP 92
Breon Ishmael NC South Mecklenburg 2020 OF/INF 92
Heath Yow NC Lee Christian 2019 CIF/RHP 92


TOP Fastball Velocities
43 Pitchers threw on the day with 1 above 90 and 18 working at 80 mph or better.  The graudation dates ranged from 2019 - 2022 with several young arms impressing.  Trey Carter has quickness in his body, evident by his bat speed and the fastball touching 91.  Carson Starnes, a 2021 at Parkwood HS, touched 83.  Blake Little has continued to improve.  The 6-foot-7 righty is clean and athletic over the rubber, working 84-86 throughout this bullpen.
Name State School Class Pos FB Velo
Trey Carter VA Carlisle 2020 OF/RHP 91
Javier Martinez NC Cresset Christian 2019 3B/RHP 86
Blake Little NC CATA 2019 RHP/1B 86
Landen Harris NC Gray's Creek 2019 RHP/1B 86
Tyler Hall NC Marvin Ridge 2019 RHP 84