Charlotte MegaStars Scout Day: Pitcher & Dual Player Analysis


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Executive Director and Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

PBR was at Ultimate Performance on Saturday June 20th to run the PBR Scout Day with the Charlotte MegaStars.  The day included players running through pro-style workout that included a laser timed 30 yard dash, offensive evaluations, and defensive evaluations.  Pitchers were able to throw a controlled bullpen for PBR Scouts.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistics from the PBR Scout Day

By the Numbers

  • 33 position players took part in the PBR Scout Day
  • 13 pitchers threw controlled bullpens on the day
  • 7 arms worked at 83 or better
  • 88 mph was the top fastball at the event
  • 32 players ran the laser timed 30 yard dash
  • 8 MegaStar Players ran a 4.00 or faster
  • 15 ran 4.10 or better
  • 6 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher off a tee
  • 2 catchers had pop times under 2.20
  • 8 INF and OF posted a positional arm velocity of 83 mph or higher

 

Quick Hitters: Charlotte MegaStar Position Players

 

 

DUAL PITCHER/POSITION PLAYERS

Jake Absher OF / 1B / Hibriten, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 1B/LHP.
Body: 6/2, 215 pounds. Strength present in a large frame
Defense:  Good hands with confidence in the catch. Feet tend to hop into a fielding position. Average bend in the hips. Long exchanges into the arm action.
Arm: L. .INF - 80 mph. Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. Shows carry and accuracy.
Hit: R. Tall with a vertical bat. Small kick to load back. Decent rhythm. Small stride. Flat through the zone with strength. Average bat speed. Low finish. Occasional length.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Ball jumps when on the barrel.
Run: 4.24 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Stretch only. Average kick, slightly loading the front hip. Slightly closed at balance. Works to an on-line and square foot strike. Good direction
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing, wrapped behind the body line, working to a high-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T81, 78-81 mph. 2035 rpm. 11:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Average induced vertical movment with solid horizontal movement to the arm side. Has feel for the zone.
CB: 67-72 mph. 1988 rpm. Inconsistent spin metrics but shows feel and creates separation from the fastball with a sweeping breaking ball.
CH: 69-72 mph. 1422 rpm. Occasional fade with solid arm speed.

 

 

Ethan Belk OF / RHP / Legion Collegiate Academy, SC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 5/10, 175 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense:  Aggressive through the ball, catches ball off left foot, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R. .OF - 88 mph. Carry, some accuracy, medium arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Relaxed, even base, hands at back shoulder.Small load, short stride, quiet hands. Loose, quick hands, direct barrel path, barrel stays through zone, uses the whole field, above average feel for barrel.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength, above average bat speed.
Run: 3.95 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Simple rocker and turn to an average kick. On-line. Works from the 1B side. Solid stride with aggression, working in-line and landing square. Good direction and extension
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing with quickness out of the glove. High-3/4 slot. Above average arm speed.
FB: T84, 82-84 mph. 2092 rpm. 12:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Strike thrower. Lacks movement. Solid ride through the zone.
CB: 71-74 mph. 2119 rpm. Creates depth and separation from the fastball. 11/5 tilt. Hard with late break.
SL:  mph.  rpm. .
CH: 76-80 mph. 1712 rpm. Some fade out of the hand with over 7 inches of horizontal break. Spin tilt between 1:00 and 2:00. Solid arm speed.

 

 

Nick Boswell RHP / OF / Chesterfield , SC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 6/1, 155 pounds. Thin frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Plays through ball, catches it off left foot, average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. OF - 80 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly open, barrel starts above back shoulder. Toe tap, short stride, quiet hands.Controlled load, hands and weight go back, short stride. Fluid, barrel is level through the zone, line drive approach through the middle, better than average barrel feel.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 4.14 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Small rocker and easy turn. Kick to the belt. Quiet head. Lands across his line with an open toe at foot strike. Slight fall to 1B on extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing, turning the ball early. High-3/4 slot. Front side leaves early at times. Solid arm speed.
FB: T81, 79-81 mph. 1952 rpm. 12:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Some sink with an induced vertical break of 12.53 inches. Misses were up and to the arm side.
CB: 67-70 mph. 2265 rpm. Consistent, tight spin. Late break. 2/7 tilt. Has feel and works down in the zone.
SL: 70-71 mph. 2291 rpm. Late sweeping action with 3/9 movement. 11 inches of horizontal break. Shows feel.
CH: 76-77 mph.

 

 

Zane Davis RHP / 3B / Chesterfield, SC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 5/9, 140 pounds. Thin frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Plays relaxed, soft hands, easy transitions.
Arm: R. .INF - 82 mph. Loose, accurate, 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly open base, barrel starts on back shoulder. Hands load back short stride. Quick hands, direct barrel path, mostly level through zone, uses the whole field, some barrel feel.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 4.24 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Loose and athletic. Stable over the rubber. Small side step and easy turn. Loose kick to the high chest. Slight crouch out of balance, working on-line, landing in-line and square.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Quick hand. Aggressive. 3/4 slot that is manipulated a little, floating lower at times.
FB: T85, 83-85 mph. 1978 rpm. Sink and run with a 1:45 spin tilt out of the hand. 10.74 inches of induced horizontal movement. Close to 16 inches of horizontal movement. Has feel. Misses are to the arm side.
CB: 69-73 mph. 2216 rpm. Late, hard sweeping action. 2/7 tilt occasionally with more horizontal movement.
SL: 70-72 mph. 2260 rpm. Length across the zone. Sweeps. Good arm speed.
CH: 69-71 mph. 1866 rpm.

 

 

Skylar Hooton RHP / 3B / Rock Hill, SC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 5/10, 130 pounds. Thin frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, catches if ott his left foot, relaxed hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. .OF - 77 mph. Loose arm, high 3/4 slot, accurate with some carry.
Hit: R. Slightly open, more weight on back leg, barrel flat above back shoulder. Short stride, hands go back, barrel lifts off back shoulder. Mostly level barrel path, gets extension out front, works through the middle, some barrel feel.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 3.99 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Small rocker and turn, lifting to the mid-chest. Slight pelvic tilt out of balance. Lands slightly across his line with a square foot-strike. Good direction and extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Loose and athletic. Works to an over-the-top slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T79, 78-79 mph. 1685 rpm. Occasional cutting action. Spin tilt at 12:15 out of the hand, occasionally creeping to the other side of 12:00. Straight, has average ride through the zone.
CB: 68-71 mph. 1945 rpm. Inconsistent spin, showing late action at times with 10/4 action. Misses to the arm side.
CH: 71-72 mph. 1466 rpm. Has fade with a 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Some feel. Solid arm speed.

 

 

 

Matthew Gross 3B / RHP / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 3B/RHP.
Body: 5/10, 180 pounds. Broad shoulder, strength to frame.
Defense:  Quick feet, relaxed hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. .INF - 82 mph. Short arm action, accurate, feel for different slots.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Loads back with a toe tap, average stride, small hand cock back. Direct barrel path, stays inside ball, some quickness to his hands, gets extension out front, better than average barrel feel.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run: 4.05 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Small rocker and easy turn. Stable head. Kick to the mid-chest. Lands across his line slightly with a square foot strike. In-line with good direction.
Arm Action: R. Long, loose arm swing works to an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. 1770 rpm. Average movement metrics. Spin tilt of 1:00 out of the hand. Strike thrower.
CB: 65-68 mph. 1992 rpm. Consistent 10/4 tilt. Late with depth. Solid separation from the fastball. Has feel.
CH: 76-78 mph. 1395 rpm. Has fade. Good arm speed. Has feel. 2:30 spin tilt out of the hand.

 

 

Alex Rosen RHP / OF / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 5/8, 160 pounds. Athletic build.
Defense:  Relaxed, feet and hands work in sync, catches the ball off his left hip, softness to hands, clean transitions.
Arm: R. .INF - 80 mph. Accurate, medium arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Athletic,even base, hands start at back shoulder. Loads back, short stride, hands get back, barrel goes vertical. Balanced swing, direct barrel path, some quickness to his hands, line drive approach working gap to gap, some feel for barrel.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 4.06 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Straight on with a side step to his turn. Loads the front hip on the leg lift to the high chest. Some crouching out of balance. Lands on his arm side of his line with a square foot strike. Average extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Multiple slots. Over-the-top and low-3/4. Average arm speed.
FB: T81, 79-81 mph. 2058 rpm. 1:15 spin out of the hand. Has arm side run. Strike thrower
CB: 66-68 mph. 2074 rpm. Consistent spin with 11/5 tilt. Good arm speed. Gradual movement.
CH: 69-72 mph. 1550 rpm. Fade is present. Solid arm speed. 2:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Sprayed a little but showed feel as he threw more.

 

 

Anthony Rosenbaum 1B / LHP / Providence, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 1B/LHP.
Body: 5/10, 160 pounds. Lanky frame, room to fill out.
Defense:  Fluid and athletic, good bend to the hips, above average hands.
Arm: L. INF - 73 mph. .Accurate, loose arm, feel for different arm slots.
Hit: L. Tall, even base, weight over back leg, barrel flat above back shoulder. Weight goes back smooth, hands load down, barrel goes upright, short stride. Quick hands, barrel gets extension with lift out front, works gap to gap, better than average feel for barrel.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run: 4.36 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Side step and hand pump over the head. Works to a controlled balance point. Works on-line, landing in-line and square. Small fall to 3B on finish. Showed an ability to throw strikes while manipulating timing in his delivery
Arm Action: L. Small hook and stab out of the glove. Works to a high-3/4 slot with average to above arm speed. Good extension.
FB: T76, 73-76 mph. 1892 rpm. 11:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Average ride and movement. Around the zone, with misses to the glove side.
CB: 61-68 mph. 1998 rpm. Inconsistent spin and break. Works to have length, sweeping away from a LHH. Good arm speed.
CH: 63-73 mph. 1362 rpm. Average arm speed. Occasional fade.

 

 

Ethan Suchenski RHP / 1B / Mountain Island Charter, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/1B. Young with a strong frame and strong arm
Body: 6/4, 235 pounds. Large frame, strength present.
Hit: R. Relaxed, balanced, even base, barrel flat above back shoulder. Small load, short stride, hands go slightly back. Some lift to the swing path, barrel gets extension, strong hands, works through the middle, above average barrel feel.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Lots of hard contact, has strength, better than average bat speed.

Delivery: Rocker to the side. Easy kick to the mid-chest. Works from the middle of the rubber. Closed at balance. Online, landing in-line, with a slightly closed foot-strike.
Arm Action: R. Long, loose arm swing. Over-the-top with strength and quickness. Creates angle when down. Aggressive, especially with the fastball
FB: T88, 85-88 mph. 2207 rpm. Hard with ride out of the hand. Around the zone, showing feel for the down zone. Lacked horizontal movement.
SL: 68-73 mph. 1969 rpm. Slows the arm slightly. 10/4 tilt. Early. Creates separation from the fastball..
CH: 69-71 mph. 1355 rpm. Slows the arm. Has fade and run to the arm side. Some feel.

 

 

PITCHERS

 

Dan Donohoe RHP / OF / Providence , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 6/1, 160 pounds. Average frame. Strength present
Delivery: Small side step and turn. Lifts with the foot outside the knee. High kick. Swings to an average stride length, landing in-line and square.
Arm Action: R. Multiple slots. Long arm swing tends to sling from a high-3/4 slot. Will crouch slightly and get to a low 3/4 slot. Good direction. Average arm speed.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. 2168 rpm. Heavy arm side run out of the hand, up to 18 inches. Spin tilt average 1:45 across all fastballs from both slots. Good feel for arm side. Struggled to locate to glove side at times.
CB: 66-68 mph. 2226 rpm. Sweeping action away from a RHH. Gradual break. Average arm speed.
CH: 76-79 mph. 1844 rpm. Solid arm side run with average arm speed.

 

 

Riley Dunlap RHP / 3B / East Gaston , NC / 2022

Body: 6/1/2000, 145 pounds. Average frame.
Delivery: Rocker forward with a heavy pivot and the pivot toe pointed toward the SS area. Coils the front hip on the leg lift to the mid-chest. Back on line with his foot-strike, with closed toes.
Arm Action: R. Reaches back getting up to a high-3/4 slot. Solid arm speed.
FB: T79, 77-79 mph. 2065 rpm. Some sink and arm side run. 12:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Flooded the down zone. Good feel for the arm side
CB: 64-70 mph. 2022 rpm. Consistent 10/4 tilt. Mature action. Has feel. Slightly lower window vs. the fastball.
SL: 70-71 mph. 1912 rpm. Similar window to that of the curveball. Similar break and action to the curveball. Misses were to the arm side.

 

 

Kunal Handa RHP / 1B / Cannon, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP. Large frame and fairly clean arm leads to some projection moving forward
Body: 6/6, 210 pounds. Thin with broad shoulders. Frame can handle strength
Delivery: Slight crouch over the rubber. Small rocker and quick turn. Lifts to the mid-chest with the shoulders pressed downhill. Average stride, working on-line and landing square. Slight fall to 1B on finish.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing works to a high-3/4 slot with solid athleticism. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T84, 82-84 mph. 1681 rpm. Arm side run present.  Fade out of the hand.  Good feel for the arm side.
SL: 71-73 mph. 1846 rpm. Gradual 10/4 tilt.  Has feel.  Average arm speed.
CH: 73-74 mph. 1541 rpm.  Slows the arm a bit.  Has fade. 

 

 

Daniel Jones RHP / OF / Carmel Christian, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/OF. Strike thrower with feel across the board
Body: 6/1, 170 pounds. Average frame
Delivery: Small rocker and easy turn. Tempo increases with leg kick to the mid-chest. Slightly coiled at balance. Lands 1-2 feet across his line, landing square. Solid extension.
Arm Action: R. Long, loose arm swing. Average to above arm swing. Repeats. Flooded the zone.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 1899 rpm. Some arm side run. Good feel for both side of the plate. Down zone
CB: 70-73 mph. 1723 rpm. Mature 10/4 tilt. Gradual action. Good feel. Flooded down zone.
CH: 75-76 mph. 1263 rpm. Above average arm speed. Has fade. Good feel for the arm side.

 

 

Clint Turner RHP / SS / Kings Mountain , NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/SS. Athletic delivery with feel for 3 pitches
Body: 6/2, 160 pounds. Thin and athletic with room to add strength
Delivery: Simple rocker and turn. Loads the backside at balance, working uphill in his shoulders. Kick to the high-chest. Lands slightly across his line with a slightly closed toe. Solid direction and extension
Arm Action: R. Athletic arm. Long and loose works to an over-the-top slot. Good direction and extension. Above average arm speed. Aggression is present.
FB: T86, 84-86 mph. 2129 rpm. Arm side run and carry are present. Good feel for the down zone and the glove side.
CB: 66-70 mph. 2246 rpm. Hard, late 11/5 tilt. Mirrors fastball release. Good separation from fastball movement pattern.
CH: 69-77 mph. 1809 rpm. Solid arm speed. Fade is present. Has feel.