Carolina Rockies Scout Day: Pitcher Evals

Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR of NC

Prep Baseball Report of NC was on hand on June 11th for a PBR Scout Day with the Carolina Rockies.  Rockies players went through a pro-style workout with the pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen.  Seventy-Four players from the organization took part in the day with 34 arms throwing controlled bullpens.

By The Numbers:

  • 74 players from the Carolina Rockies took part in the workout
  • 2021 - 2023 grad years were represented
  • 6 hitters turned in an exit velocity of 90mph or higher off the tee
  • 16 hitters were 85mph or higher in their exit velocity testing
  • 6 catchers produced POP Times of 2.10 or better
  • 10 players ran 7.30 or better in the laser timed 60
  • 92 was the top bolt on the mound, coming from an uncommitted 2021
  • 6 arms threw 85mph or higher in the bullpen sessions

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and all of the statistics from the Carolina Rockies Scout Day


Dual Evaluations: Carolina Rockies Scout Day




Evan Cardwell RHP / Oak Grove , NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/.
Body: 6/2, 165 pounds. Thin. Room to add strength
Delivery: Big rocker to the 1B side, sliding to that side of the rubber. Lifts to the low chest. On-line and level, lands slightly across his body and square with the foot. Average extension
Arm Action: R. Short arm action, working to a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed. Occasionally finishes across the chest. Some effort
FB: T76, 73-76 mph. 1817 rpm. Consistent 1:00 tilt out of the hand. Around the zone
CB: 64-65 mph. 1737 rpm. Soft with big tilt at times sweeping across the zone.
CH:  mph.  rpm. Has feel. Slows arm slightly. Repeats the fastball tunnel.



Eli Crump LHP / OF / High Point Christian, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: LHP/OF.
Body: 6/1, 165 pounds. Thin. High waisted. Lanky
Delivery: Side saddled on the 3B side with a small rocker and easy turn. Lifts with the knee to the low chest. Slight crouch with the head out of balance, dropping the perceived slot. Lands on-line with an open toe strike
Arm Action: L. Long and loose. Works to a High-3/4 slot that is adjusted down at times to a 3/4 area. Length in the finish.
FB: T79, 75-79 mph. 2081 rpm. 11:30 tilt out of the hand, lacking ride through the zone. Has feel
CB: 63-66 mph. 2042 rpm. Sweeping 3/9 tilt out of the hand creating an average of 14 inches of vertical break.
CH: 65-68 mph. 1178 rpm. Similar tunnel, working on the side of the ball at times. Average arm speed.



Kobie Cushing RHP / 1B / West Forsyth, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 6/2, 205 pounds. Physical with strength present in the lower half.
Delivery: Stretch only. Stable. Lift to the belt with tempo building through foot strike. Loose hips and active/aggressive lower half. Good direction. Lands on-line with a slightly closed foot-strike. Good extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing works with rhythm to a high-3/4 slot. Quick hand. Arm strength over arm speed. Loose through the finish.
FB: T88, 83-88 mph. 2146 rpm. 12:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Average induced vertical break with some run to the arm side.
CB: 64-69 mph. 1968 rpm. Consistent tight spin 11/5 tilt. Slight hump out of the hand.
CH: 75-79 mph. 1379 rpm. Has feel. Down zone with misses.



Lucas Glover RHP / OF / Ledford, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 6/5, 170 pounds. Lean and lanky with plenty of room to add strength in the coming years.
Delivery: Small rocker and kick to the mid-chest, loading the front hip slightly. Works with a small uphill tilt through the shoulders out of balance. On-line, lands square, with solid extension
Arm Action: R. Long and loose, working to be on time and in a position of strength consistently. Over-the-top with some whip and above average arm speed.
FB: T86, 83-86 mph. 2101 rpm. Arm strength over arm quickness. 1:00 spin out of the hand with an average of 17 inches of induced vertical movement. Good run when on the arm side
CB: 66-70 mph. 1826 rpm. 10/5 tilt. Power type pitch working on a similar trajectory of the fastball before darting. Sharp and has feel.
CH: 70-74 mph. 1382 rpm. Good arm speed and feel. Should create deception.



Colin Hewett RHP / 1B / West Forsyth, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 6/1, 195 pounds. Broad shoulders. Strength in the lower half
Delivery: 1B side with a simple rocker and turn. Lift to the low chest. Some stability over the rubber. Short strider. Works on-line and square with average extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm action, plunges slightly, working back to an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. 2202 rpm. Decent angle when down. 12:30 tilt out of the hand. Ball rides through the zone.
CB: 65-68 mph. 2002 rpm. Top to bottom with late action. Thrown with intent.
CH: 73-74 mph. 1307 rpm. Good arm speed creates some deception.



Matthew Hughes LHP / OF / Cedar Ridge, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: LHP/OF.
Body: 6/3, 155 pounds. Thin with room for added strength
Delivery: Side step and turn, loading the ftont hip as the leg lift works back toward the back hip. Uncoils the lower half, landing on-line with an open toe at foot-strike. Builds tempo from balance through release. Slight fall to 3B with good extension
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing. Head clears the area for an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T83, 79-83 mph. 1859 rpm. Strike thrower. 11:00 tilt out of the hand. Ball has some ride through the zone.
CB: 68-71 mph. 1688 rpm. Has some feel and the breaking ball may have a high ceiling, showing tilt and depth with 10/4 break.
CH: 70-72 mph. 1879 rpm. Fade off the fastball line with average arm speed.



Blake Kiser LHP / 1B / Hickory , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/1B.
Body: 6/2, 165 pounds. Average frame.
Delivery: Simple and stable through balance with a kick to the mid chest. Uphill through the shoulders out of balance, gathering on the backside. Foot strike is on-line wiht a close front toe. Some rhythm to the hands with a small pump working with the leg lift
Arm Action: L. Medium arm swing, loading the scapular with some ease. Quick arm through a high-3/4 slot. Can loose his release point at times.
FB: T75, 72-75 mph. 1743 rpm. 11:45 rotation out of the hand, producing some ride through the zone.
CB: 57-61 mph. 1853 rpm. Slight hump out of the hand working for top to bottom tilt. Has feel.
CH: 59-62 mph. 1092 rpm. Average arm speed and feel. Slight fade when down



Walker Yancey RHP / RHP / West Forsyth, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP.
Body: 5/11, 190 pounds. Mature frame.
Delivery: Side step and turn with stability. Kicks to the low chest, swinging the knee inside to load the hip as he reaches for the foot strike. Front side can get quick. Short strider. Lands on-line and square. Falls to 1B side.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing and over-the-top slot. Lacks extension through the target but has above average arm speed.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 2053 rpm. Down angle out of the hand with late run back to the arm side. Consistent 1:15 spin out of the hand
CB: 65-72 mph. 1833 rpm. Soft downer tilt, occasionally around and getting 10/4 action. Shows feel.



Ethan Yarbrough LHP / Oak Grove , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: LHP.
Body: 5/8, 150 pounds. Youthful frame that is still maturing.
Delivery: Stable with good direction. Lifts to the mid-chest, working compact. Lands on-line with a slightly closed toe at foot-strike. Solid extension
Arm Action: L. Plunges out of the glove, bottoming out, but works with quickness back to an over-the-top slot. Average to above arm speed. Strike thrower
FB: T74, 72-74 mph. 1687 rpm. Consistent release and tunnel. 11:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Moved the ball in and out.
CB: 60-61 mph. 1519 rpm. Slight hump working for downer action. Has feel and landed it consistently. Big breaker.
CH: 66-67 mph. 1710 rpm. Occasionally cut. Solid arm speed. Lacked some extension at times.




Colin Cunningham RHP / 3B / Bassett , VA / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 6/1, 160 pounds. Average frame.
Delivery: Big rocker, controlling tempo through the pivot. Lifts with a slight coil in the hips, working to the mid-chest. Pelvic tilt sets the head beind the center of the body. Swings to an on-line and square foot-strike.
Arm Action: R. Short arc, turning the ball a little early and working to an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed and extension.
FB: T79, 77-79 mph. 1943 rpm. Solid induced vertical break of 18.88 inches from a 12:15 tilt out of the hand.
CB: 65-69 mph. 1999 rpm. 10/4 tilt when he stayed through it. Lacked consistent intent and extension.
CH: 70-71 mph. 1490 rpm. Solid average. Stiff through the finish at times, recoiling out of the change-up



Dylan Darnell RHP / 3B / Independence , WV / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 6/1/2000, 160 pounds. Average frame.
Delivery: From the 1B side. Easy turn lifting with a coil to his hips. Uncoils and spins through the landing. Lands across his line, lacking direction at times. Still shows feel for the zone. Open toe at foot-strike
Arm Action: R. Medium arm arc with a preset wrist and hand on top of the baseball. Average arm speed. High-3/4 release
FB: T81, 76-81 mph. 1883 rpm. Spin out of the hand varied from 12:00 to 1:00 tilt. Induced vertical break of 19 inches
CB: 66-69 mph. 2162 rpm. 10/5 tilt with a slight hump out of the hand.
CH: 71-72 mph. 1192 rpm. Pushed through release working for feel.