Quick Hitters: Diamond Deacons Position Players


Mat Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

PBR was in Kernersville, NC on Saturday September 5th for the PBR Scout Day of the Diamond Deacons.  The Diamond Deacons program features players in the 2023 and 2024 classes, all living in the Triad Area of NC. 

The PBR Scout Day consisted of a full pro-style workout for the position players.  Position players ran a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive workout and a defensive workout.  Pitchers faced live hitters in a controlled setting, showcasing their complete arsenal in a 15-20 pitch outing.

Below we take a look at some of the position players who stood out while going through their pro-style workout. 

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

By The Numbers:

  • 30 players went through the workout
  • 29 players ran the laser timed 60 with a median run time of 7.55
  • 5 players registered exit velocities of 85 mph or higher off the tee
  • 22 pitchers threw
  • 3 arms worked at 84 mph or higher
  • 9 pitchers touched 80 mph or better
  • 9 position players carried 80 mph or better from their position
  • 1.93 was the top pop time in the defensive workouts

 

Diamond Deacon Position Players 

 

Bryson Bennett, OF/RHP, 2023  -  Left hand hitter who lined balls gap to gap. Loose swing with quick hands. Barrel works flat through the zone with his top Trackman exit velocity at 90.8 mph. 

Evan Cecile, SS/RHP, 2023  - Has lift to his barrel path making hard contact throughout his BP rounds. Worked mostly to center and the left center gap with better than average barrel feel and bat speed. Solid actions on the infield. 

Kaden Fuller, 2B/RHP, 2023  -  Hands are strong and quick. Crushed balls to both gaps. Has above average bat speed and barrel awareness. Top exit velocity recorded by Trackman at 95 mph. 

Josh Hammond, SS/RHP, 2025  -  Loose and balanced swing. Short barrel path to the ball staying through the zone. Uses the whole field with plenty of feel for his barrel. Solid actions defensively. 

Caleb Hammond, OF/3B, 2023  -  Fluid swing with loose, quick hands. Line drive approach driving the ball to the left center gap. Barrel stays through the zone with barrel awareness and above average bat speed. 

Joshua Jones, 3B/RHP, 2023  -  Stays through the middle of the field with his barrel working short to the ball and staying through the zone. Hands are loose with quickness. 

Kelton Langfitt, RHP/SS, 2023  -  Balanced, loose swing working middle and to his pull side. Hands are quick with a flat barrel path. Accurate arm defensively with better than average hands. 

Steele Lee, RHP/3B, 2023  -  Projectable 6 foot 4, 170-pound frame catches the eye. Loose swing with some lift to the barrel path making lots of hard contact through the middle of the field. Ball of the barrel recorded by Trackman at 90.5 mph. 

Noah Quarless, C/OF, 2023  -  Squared balls up throughout his BP rounds. Swing is loose with above average bat speed. Arm strength and accuracy impressed from behind the plate with pop times ranging from 1.93-1.94. 

Matthew Rice, C/SS, 2024  -  Short swing with his barrel staying through the ball. Balanced working gap to gap with a line drive approach. Accurate arm defensively. 

Rylan Souther, SS/RHP, 2024  -  Balanced swing with his barrel working flat through the zone. Stayed through the middle of the field with a line drive approach and better than average feel for his barrel. 

Levi Strahm, LHP/OF, 2023  -  Loose swing with a direct barrel path from the left side. Hands have quickness with a balanced swing working through the middle of the field. Has barrel control with a line drive approach. 

Tate Vogler, SS/RHP, 2024  -  Physical left hand hitter at 6 foot 3, 204-pounds. Ball comes hard off the barrel with lift to the swing path. Uses the whole field with better than average bat speed. 

Braxton Stewart, LHP/OF, 2023  -  Loose swing with his barrel working short to the ball and staying through the zone. Line drive approach with above average barrel awareness and bat speed. 

Harrison Lewis, 1B/RHP, 2023  -  Made lots of loud contact throughout his BP rounds with his top Trackman exit velocity recorded at 99.6 mph. Loose swing with his barrel getting extension out front. Strength and bat speed are present. 

Jake Smith, OF/LHP, 2023  -  Hands are quick with a short swing from the left side. Lined balls through the middle and to the left center gap showing feel for his barrel. Accurate arm from the outfield.