Prep Baseball Report

Brennen Herbert & Chris Villaman - PBR Players of The Week for March 19 - 25

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

Player of the Week nominations are submitted by High School coaches across North Carolina each week.  Along with the nominations, Prep Baseball Report is diving into box scores, talking to coaches and scouts, and attending as many games as possible.

The week of March 19 – 25 featured teams in the heat of conference battles, across the state.  As the competition heats up, so did the performances of many of the top players in the state.  With a solid month of the season gone, and spring break on the way, better teams are beginning to distance themselves, and individual performances are leading some of the state’s top ranked teams.

This week we have co-PBR Players of the Week with two key cogs each throwing big no-hitters.  Brennan Herbert (1B/LHP, Jack Britt HS, 2018) fired a complete game, no-hitter on the road at Richmond Sr.  Not to be out done, Chris Villaman (LHP/OF, 2019) was dominant in his no-no vs. Central Davidson. 

Herbert, an Appalachian State, only surrendered 1 walk, while recording 7 strikeouts.  Jack Britt won the game 3-0, where Herbert also added a hit and an RBI in the win.  Herbert used 94 pitches, throwing 55 strikes in the outing.

Villaman, the No. 1 ranked player in the 2019 class, a NC State commit, fired his no-no, racking up 15 strikeouts and only issuing 2 walks against Central Davidson.  Villaman threw 67 of his 93 pitches for strikes, flooding the strike zone at a 72% clip.  On the week, Villaman also added a double and 2 runs, while reaching base in half of his plate appearances.

PBR Players of the Week

Brennan Herbert, 1B/LHP, Jack Britt HS, 2018
+No Hitter in key game at Richmond Sr
+7IP, 0H, 0R, 7K, 1BB
+55 Strikes in a 94 pitch outing
+Also 1-3, 1 RBI in the game.

Chris Villaman, LHP, Ledford HS, 2019
+Complete game No-Hitter vs. Central Davidson HS
+7IP, 0R, 0H, 15K, 2BB
+1-2, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 2 BB in the game
+Reached base in 4 of 8 plate appearances on the week, adding another RBI and Run

Honorable Mention

Tyler Wilson, 1B, Jordan, 2018
+3 games and 3 wins for Jordan where Wilson figured in each game
+6-8 at the plate with 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI and 5 BB (3 intentional)
+Hit .750 with a slugging percentage of 1.500
+2 appearances on the mound, with 1 start – 6IP, 3ER, 8K

Jake Craddock, Util/RHP, North Stokes HS, 2019
+2 Big games at the plate

+Hit .889 while slugging 1.556 on the week
+8-9 with 2 Doubles, 2 Triples, 8 RBI, 5 Runs, and 1 Stolen Base
+Also got a win on the mound – 4.2IP, 7K

Other Top Performances

Trey Tujetsch, RHP, Ardrey Kell, 2019
+4 Perfect innings – Outing designed to be 4 innings
+4IP, 0H, 0R, 8K, 0BB
+Also 2-4, 3 RBI at the plate 

Camden Noble, RHP, South Lenoir HS, 2018
+6.1IP, 3H, 0R, 12K, 2BB on the  week.

Blake Burchett, SS, Mooresville, 2019
+Solid week at the plate, including going 4-7
+Reached base 8 consecutive times.
+Scored 5 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 Stolen Bases

Bradley Wilson, RHP, Western Harnett, 2019
+Keyed a 2-1 week, hitting .400
+4-10 with a HR
+On the mound, Complete Game Shutout with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk

Aaron Drake, RHP, SouthWest Edgecombe, 2018
+No hitter in a 25-0 win over Jones Sr
+5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 6K, 1BB
+Only needed 49 pitches in a very efficient outing.

Mason Phillips, 2B, South Brunswick, 2019
+Keyed the offense, hitting .500 in two conference games
+4-8 and scored 2 runs

Blake Dockery, RHP, Hickory Ridge High, 2018
+Win over East Mecklenburg, working into the 7th
+6IP, 3H, 14K
+Also 1-3 vs. East Mecklenburg with a run.  Recorded another hit and run vs. Butler

Luke Kimrey, RHP, East Forsyth, 2018
+Complete game 3 hit shut out of #3 West Forsyth
+Contributed to opening conference play 2-0
+7IP 3H 0R 2BB 8K

Jay Smith, SS, Brevard High School, 2018
+In three games last week he helped on the mound, in the field and at the plate.  Came up as big on the defensive side as the offensive side
+ Hit .583 for the week, going 7-12, with a 2B and 1 walk.
+Scored 5 runs,  collected 2 RBI, and no strikeouts on the week
+On the mound: 5.2IP, 9H, 2ER, 7K

Dylan Lawson, RHP, Whiteville, 2019
+Hit .33 on the week going 2-6 with a HR, 2B, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored
+On the mound: 4IP, 1H, 0R, 7K – collected the win vs St. Paul’s

Phillip  Cole, OF, Western Alamance, 2018
+Big week at the plate vs. Eastern Alamance and Southwest Guilford
+Hit .625, going 5-8 with 3 walks
+Had a HR, 2B, 8 RBI, 4 Runs Scored

T.J. Harris, 3B, SouthWest Edgecombe, 2018
+Hit .750 with a HR
+Went 3-4 and collected 5 RBI

Zach Kelly, RHP, South Brunswick, 2018
+Contributed big on the mound and at the plate
+On the mound: 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 6K, 1 BB
+Hit .400 with a HR, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 Runs

Nolan DeVos, RHP, Hickory Ridge High, 2019
+Win on the mound
+6IP, 0ER, 6K… Also 2-3 with 3RBI and 3 Runs in that game

Jackson May, OF, East Forsyth, 2019
+Help lead the Eagles to two big conference wins over West Forsyth
+3 for 5 with a HR, 3 RBI's, 2R, 1SB

Derek Astoske, RHP, South Brunswick, 2019
+Pitched in 2 conference games this wk.
+6IP without giving up an earned run
+5 Scoreless innings vs. North Brunswick

Logan Whitaker, RHP, Ledford HS, 2018

+Strong outing on the mound and contributed at the dish
+Win, 6IP, 2H, 0R, 10K, 1BB
+3-7 on the week with a HR, Double, 2 Runs and 5 RBI

Justin Jarvis, RHP, Lake Norman HS, 2018
+Win over Hough HS, 1-0
+Worked into the 7th innings – 6IP, 2H, 0R, 10K, 4BB

Zach Hammer, RHP, Alexander Central, 2018
+6 no-hit innings in a dominant performance, with 17K
+6IP, 0H, 0R, 17K, 1BB
+101 pitches, with a 70% strike percentage

Owen White, RHP/SS, Carson HS, 2018
+Another dominate outing on the mound
+Win, 6IP, 2H, 0R, 11K, 3BB
+Has yet to give up a run in 2018
+1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 1 Run

Price King, LHP, Ashley HS, 2018
+Win in a key conference start
+7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 10K, 3BB… 1st runs surrendered this year

Brett Kerry, RHP, Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2018
+Start and Win at Charlotte Christian
+7IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 10K, 0BB

Jonah Beamon, SS, Charlotte Christian, 2018
+Solid week at the plate hitting .429
+Goes 3-7, with a Triple, 4 Runs and 2 RBI

Matt Helms, RHP, Marvin Ridge HS, 2018
+Picked up a win and a save on the same day
+Closed out a resumed game, retiring the final hitter to secure a 5-3 win, with 2 runners in scoring position
+Started the originally scheduled game – 6IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, 4BB

William Flynn, RHP, Myers Park HS, 2018
+No Decision in a 10 inning affair that he started.  Myers Park eventually won 1-0
+9IP, 4H, 0R, 12K, 1BB

Matt Kemp, SS/RHP, Randleman HS, 2020
+Came up big both ways for Randleman
+Hit .600 and picked up a win on the mound
+6-10, Double, 2 RBI
+Win, 7IP, 1H, 1R, 16K, 1BB