Future Game Trials I: Catcher Evals


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

The PBR Future Games is the top underclass showcase event in the country each year.  PBR territories from across the country work to put together teams of the top uncommitted, underclass players to compete each year.  Team Carolina is made of players from North Carolina and South Carolina.  

On June 23 and 24, PBR of North Carolina ran invite only events to continue to identify players for Team Carolina.  Players attending the Future Game Trials were able to go through a full pro-style workout, running a laser timed 60, working through an offensive evaluation, and a defensive evaluation.  Pitchers threw controlled bullpens for PBR Scouts. Each day was live streamed with over 60 colleges and university programs watching one, or both days of workouts through the PBR of NC channel on Watch Your Game's live streaming feed.

Below are the full evaluations of catchers from the Future Game Trials in Charlotte at Tuckaseegee Park.

CLICK HERE to see the full stats and roster from Future Games Trials I at Tuckaseegee Park in Charlotte, NC

 

By the Numbers:

  • 35 players took part in the Future Games Trials I at Tuckaseegee Park
  • 21 players worked out at Future Games Trials II at Louisburg JC
  • 14 hitters saw a peak exit velocity off of a tee at 90 mph or higher
  • 4 position players ran a sub-7.00 laser timed sixty
  • 9 players ran under a 7.20 sixty
  • 6 infielders or outfielders produced arm strength above 85mph
  • 9 catchers saw their top pop time at 2.15 or better
  • 13 pitchers worked at 84 mph or higher

 

catchers

 

 

 

Gage Tomlin C / 1B / South Iredell, NC / 2022


Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6/2, 193 pounds. Athletic frame, sloped shoulders, strength present.
Defense: 2.04 - 2.25 pop times. Fluid feet, gains ground to target, transfers across chest, low hips receiving with mobility, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 76 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate with some carry.
Hit: R. Slightly open, sits in legs, barrel flat above back shoulder. Loads back, short stride, lifts barrel off shoulder. Short swing, line drive approach, gap to gap approach, has feel for barrel.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.46 runner in the 60.

 

 

Garrison Bullock C / 3B / Central Cabarrus, NC / 2022


Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 180 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense: 2.15 - 2.26 pop times. Quick feet, gains ground to target, transfers across chest, hips have mobility, low setup, wide target, kicks to block, average to above average hands.
Arm: R. C - 78 mph. Accurate, arm swing up, over the top release.
Hit: R. Athletic, even base, hands at back shoulder. Small load, short stride, quiet hands. Stays inside ball, barrel gets extension out front, pushy at times, middle to opposite field approach, some barrel feel.
Power:  mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run:7.75 runner in the 60.

 

 

Sean Donahue C / 3B / Durham Academy, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 195 pounds. Strong frame.
Defense: 2.18 - 2.26 pop times. Quick feet, transfers across chest, one knee setup receiving, above average hands with strength.
Arm: R. C - 77 mph. Short arm action, over the top slot, some accuracy.
Hit: R. Relaxed, even base, hands at back shoulder. Smooth load, short stride, quiet hands. Loose hands, short to ball, barrel gets extension, works to pull side, some feel for barrel.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength with average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.55 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Eric Krumpe C / 3B / Asheville, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 175 pounds. Athletic frame, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.27 pop times. Feet get in line to target, exchanges across chest, uses a one knee setup receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 73 mph. Accurate, some carry, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: L. Balanced, even base, barrel flat above back shoulder. Small load, short stride, lifts barrel off back shoulder. Loose, short, simple swing, barrel stays through ball, gap to gap approach, above average barrel awareness.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run:7.81 runner in the 60. 

 

 

CJ Powell C / 3B / Eastern Alamance, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 5/10, 190 pounds. Thick frame, strength present.
Defense: 2.10 - 2.23 pop times. Fluid feet, quick exchange across chest, relaxed receiving, low hips, moves freely to block, above average hands with strength
Arm: R. C - 76 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some quickness through release with some feel for second base bag.
Hit: R. Tall, narrow base, barrel starts flat above back shoulder. Leg kick, gets into legs, hands go down and back. Loose hands, lift to barrel path, works mostly to his pull side, some feel for barrel.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Strength and bat speed are present, lots of hard contact, left the yard to left field during BP.
Run:7.17 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Matthew Suppa C / 3B / Ardrey Kell, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 5/11, 205 pounds. Wide frame, strength present.
Defense: 2.10 - 2.19 pop times. Quick feet, easy exchanges across chest, low hips receiving, shows comfort, above average hands.
Arm: R. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, quickness through high 3/4 release, accurate with carry.
Hit: R. Athletic, even base, hands back above shoulder. Small leg load against back hip, short stride, hands go slightly back, barrel goes vertical. Loose hands with quickness, barrel stays through zone with lift out front, works gap to gap, better than average barrel awareness.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed with strength.
Run:8.43 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Owen Williams C / 3B / Myers Park, NC / 2022


Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 180 pounds. Athletic build, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.26 pop times. Feet gain ground to target, clean exchanges across chest, relaxed receiving bullpens.
Arm: R. C - 73 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Even base, sits in legs, hands just behind back shoulder. Small load back, short stride, small hand cock. Loose hands, barrel stays through zone, gap to gap approach, some feel for barrel.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, numbers should climb with added strength.
Run:7.72 runner in the 60.

 

 

Cole Hart C / OF / Mountain Island, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 5/11, 160 pounds. Athletic frame, room to fill out.
Defense: 2.00 - 2.16 pop times. OF-Fluid through the ball, relaxed hands, catches ball off left foot, clean transfers. C-Quick feet, quick exchanges across chest, above average hands receiving, shows ability moving to block.
Arm: R. C - 77 mph. OF - 86 mph. OF-Quick arm, high 3/4 release, accurate with carry. C-Short arm action, quickness through high 3/4 slot, has carry with some accuracy.
Hit: R. Athletic, even base, hands at back shoulder, Small load, short stride, quiet barrel. Short swing, quickness to hands, strong top hand, line drive approach, stays through middle of field.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, hard contact through the middle.
Run:7.08 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Blaine Hartness C / OF / Alexander Central, NC / 2022


Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 5/9, 150 pounds. Thin, athletic frame, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.34 - 2.50 pop times. Fluid feet, transfers across chest, presents low target receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 69 mph. Short arm action, over the top slot, some feel for second base bag.
Hit: R. Tall, narrow base, hands start back above shoulder, vertical barrel. Loads against back leg, sort stride, small hand cock. Loose hands, barrel works level through zone, stays gap to gap, line drive approach, better than average barrel feel.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, numbers should increase as strength is added.
Run:7.64 runner in the 60.

 

 

Keaton Mathes C / OF / Homeschool, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 6/1, 150 pounds. Thin, lanky frame.
Defense: 2.25 - 2.37 pop times. Feet get in line to target, transfers across chest, hips have mobility, low target receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph. Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Upright, even, narrow base, hands at back shoulder. Weight goes back, shoulders get uphill, hands go slightly back, short stride. Looks to lift, uphill swing, gap to gap approach, some barrel feel.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.45 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Hunter Huneycutt C / SS / Scotland, NC / 2023


Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 5/9, 155 pounds. Athletic build, quickness present, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.18 pop times. IF-Quick feet, catches ball in center of body, above average hands, quick release. C-Quick feet, exchanges across chest, quickness behind plate, average to above average hands receiving.
Arm: R. C - 73 mph. INF - 71 mph. IF-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. C-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: S. RHH-Even, slightly open base, hands close to body. Small hand load back, short stride. LHH-Open base, sits in legs, barrel on back shoulder. Small hand load, base gets even. RHH-Quick hands, short to ball, barrel stays through zone, feel to hit, line drive approach. LHH-Direct to ball, barrel stays through zone, line drive approach gap to gap.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Loose, finds the barrel from both sides, currently more strength and bat speed right handed.
Run:6.95 runner in the 60.