Quick Hitters: Combine Academy Position Players


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

PBR North Carolina was on hand in Lincolnton, NC on Saturday February 6th for a Scout Day with Combine Academy. 25 players went through the workout portion of the scout day. Combine Academy features kids from North Carolina as well as kids from other states and countries. 

The position players led off the day with a full pro-style workout.  Players ran a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive evaluation and defensive evaluation.  During live BP, TrackMan was able to gather ball flight information off the bat.  After the pro-style workout, pitchers faced hitters in a controlled scrimmage with Trackman gathering information on each arm. 

Below we highlight some of the position players who stood out during the pro-style workout and live scrimmage. 

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Quick Hitters-Position Players


Carlos Cervantes, 1B/LHP, 2020

Physical left hand hitter. There is looseness to his swing with quick hands. Barrel stays through the zone working mostly to his pull side. Did show power to the opposite field gap. Several exit velocities recorded at 94 mph or better by Trackman. Doubled to right field in the scrimmage. 

Chris King, OF, 2022

Strong, athletic build. Short, compact swing with strong hands. Lots of balls off the barrel in BP, working gap to gap. Above average bat speed with multiple exit velocities over 95 mph. Swing plays against quality pitching, making hard contact to the opposite field twice in game action. Quick, accurate arm with carry from the outfield topping at 91 mph. 

Angel Lobo, C, 2021

Balanced, short swing with quickness to his hands. Can drive the ball to the opposite field gap. Has arm strength from behind the plate with clean, easy transitions. 2.23 game pop time. Athleticism present running a 6.84 in the 60. 

Aidan Paradine, C/OF, 2024

Strong, athletic build. Direct barrel path with quick hands. Stays through the middle of the field with a line drive approach. Made hard contact doubling to left field in game action. Arm has carry from behind the plate with his best pop time at 1.97. 

Beyonce Paulina, OF/2B, 2021

Athletic in the box with a loose, balanced swing. Uses a line drive approach working gap to gap. Athletic defender with carry to his throws from the outfield. Has rhythm on the infield with soft hands and easy transitions. 

David Zamora, C/RHP, 2021

Drove the ball in BP, working to center and right center. Loose swing with his barrel staying through the zone. Has arm strength with carry to his throws. Best pop time at 2.01. 

Isaiah Mack, 1B/3B, 2023

Strong, athletic build. Balanced, short swing with strength off the barrel. Multiple exit velocities recorded over 95 mph. Has feel for his barrel working through the middle of the field. Hands are soft on the infield with an accurate arm across the diamond. 

Milan Prokop, SS/3B, 2022

Barrel stays through the zone with loose, quick hands. Stays balanced working gap to gap during BP. Has feel for his barrel with better than average bat speed. Solid actions on the infield with soft hands and quickness to his arm. 7.06 runner in the 60. 

Tanner Martin, OF, 2021

Frame stands out at 6-foot-5, 212-pounds. Ran a 6.87 in the 60 with strength present. Made a lot of hard contact in BP with multiple exit velocities recorded over 95 mph. Barrel gets extension out front working to both gaps. Accurate arm with carry from the outfield. 

Ryan Birr, SS/2B, 2021

Short swing with a line drive approach working through the middle of the field. Several exit velocities recorded over 90 mph. Accurate arm from the outfield and across the diamond topping at 85 mph. Has softness to his hands on the infield. 

Erik Romero, SS/RHP, 2021

Loose swing with quickness to his hands. Lined balls to the left center gap during BP. Plays loose and athletic on the infield. Arm is accurate with some carry across the diamond. 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame has room for growth ahead. 

Nolan Hicks, SS/RHP, 2021

6-foot-2, 185-pound lanky frame. Worked through the middle of the field in BP with feel for his barrel. Multiple Trackman exit velocities recorded over 92 mph. Doubled to the left center gap in game action. Fluid actions on the infield with carry to his throws across the diamond.