Future Game Trials II: Pitcher / Dual Evals


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Executive Director and 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 from the Future Game Trials at Louisburg JC on June 24th.

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

 

Pitchers & duals

 

 

 

Stephen Lamb C / RHP / Durham Academy , NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/RHP.
Body: 5/11, 150 pounds. Thin frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.18 - 2.40 pop times. Fluid feet, gains ground to target, exchanges across chest, hip mobility in setup, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: R. Open base, weight on back leg, hands even with back shoulder. Short stride into the plate, hands load back. Level swing, some quickness to hands, stays inside ball, line drive approach through the middle.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve as the body matures.
Run:8.12 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small rocker with a slow tempo building to foot-strike. Easy turn. Some stability over the back side. Reaches with the front leg, working on-line and landing square. Short strider. Upright finish with an occasional fall to the 1B side
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing, clean to a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed and extension
FB: T76, 74-76 mph. 1685 rpm. Early arm side run out of the hand equating to 15 inches of horizontal movement. 1:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Some feel for arm side. Elevated misses
CB: 66-68 mph. 2022 rpm. Inconsistent at times, sweeping through the zone with occasional 12/6 tilt on others. Separates early from the fastball tunnel. Showed some feel.
CH: 72-73 mph. 1858 rpm. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Lacks sink. Has feel. Solid arm speed.

 

 

Matthew McCray SS / RHP / Croatan , NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: SS/RHP.
Body: 5/8, 150 pounds. Athletic build.
Defense. Athletic, quick feet work around ball, softness to hands, catches ball in the center of his body, funnels to belt, clean transitions.
Arm: R. Accurate with carry, quick arm, feel for different slots.
Hit: R. Upright, narrow open base, barrel waggle. Hands cock back, medium length stride into plate. Direct barrel path, stays inside ball, line drive approach through the middle with barrel feel.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, some strength off the barrel.
Run:7.23 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple rocker and turn. Tucks into balance with the head lowering toward the knee at the low chest. Remains on line, landing in-line and square. Pops out of the tuck late working to a somewhat vertical release. Spins on front side through finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Clean with decent pace. 3/4 release, finishing across the chest
FB: T78, 75-78 mph. 2036 rpm. Low induced vertical break at 4.4 inches, and 18 inches of arm side horizontal movement. A 2:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Misses up and to the arm side. Showed feel of the glove sid
CB: 66-69 mph. 2106 rpm. Sweeping across the zone. Average length. Early, gradual break.
CH: 68-72 mph. 1505 rpm. Good arm speed, showing feel for the down zone. Similar movement to that of the fastball.

 

 

Ethan Goldstein SS / RHP / Durham Academy, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: SS/RHP.
Body: 5/8, 165 pounds. Athletic frame.
Defense. Quick feet, catches ball in the center of his body, average hands, funnels to the belt after catch, clean transfers.
Arm: R. INF - 77 mph. Accurate, short arm action, feel for different slots.
Hit: L. Upright, even base, hands at back shoulder, vertical barrel. Average stride, gets into legs, quiet hands. Quick hands, short to ball, level through zone, extension out front, stays inside ball working middle to the opposite field with barrel feel.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed.
Run:7.66 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small rocker and stable head through the leg lift to the low chest. Sits on the back side with a small pelvic tilt upward. Reaches to an on-line landing with a slightly closed front toe. Short strider. Builds tempo after foot strike
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing works to an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T79, 76-79 mph. 2150 rpm. Solid ride through the zone with 19inches of induced vertical break. 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Erratic at times was able to elevate for a strike
CB: 66 mph. 1827 rpm. On top with downer action. Slight hump out of the hand. Solid arm speed. 12/6 tilt.
CH: 67 mph. 1486 rpm. Similar movement characteristics to the fastball. Solid arm speed.

 

 

Julio Rivera OF / LHP / South view, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/8, 150 pounds. Athletic frame, room to fill out.
Defense. Athletic through the ball, catches ball off right foot, relaxed hands, clean exchanges with a crow hop into throws.
Arm: L. OF - 81 mph. Accurate, loose arm, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Athletic, even base, barrel flat above back shoulder. Loads knee to knee, short stride into the plate, hands go slightly back. Loose hands, flat swing, gap to gap approach, ball off barrel when in sync with BP thrower.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.25 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Slight side saddle. Aggressive rocker and pause, setting the turn and lift. Athletic kick to the mid-chest, swing the foot out and back in. Works to stay on-line, landing in-line and square. Good direction on the finish
Arm Action: L. Reaches out of the glove, working back to a position of strength. Works out of his sleeve with a high-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T80, 77-80 mph. 2202 rpm. Ball has ride and run out of his hand. 10:45 spin tilt. Better feel for arm side
CB: 68-75 mph. 1954 rpm. Length with early, gradual movement. Sweeps across the zone out of the hand.
CH: 70-75 mph. 1501 rpm. Good arm speed. 10:30 spin tilt. Some fade and sink. Occasionally cuts

 

 

Ryder Jeske RHP / SS / East Chapel Hill , NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: RHP/SS.
Body: 5/11, 170 pounds. Average frame.
Defense. Relaxed, solid actions, catches ball off left hip, soft hands, easy exchanges.
Arm: R. INF - 81 mph. Accurate, some carry, feel for using different arm slots.
Hit: R. Relaxed, slightly open base, hands at back shoulder. Small leg kick, short stride, quiet barrel. Level barrel path, extension out front, gap to gap approach, some barrel feel.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run:7.69 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Rocker to the side and easy turn. Some effort in the leg lift as the head crouches slightly. Eyes turn to pick up the target after balance. Closed, works back to an on-line landing with a closed foot-strike. Fights for extension, remaining somewhat upright
Arm Action: R. Plunges down out of the glove with a small wrist hook. Elbow lead working to bet back on top. Average arm speed with an over-the-top slot
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. 2241 rpm. Solid ride with almost 20 inches of induced vertical break. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated throughout, may have a chance to pitch up with more velo
CB: 64-67 mph. 2165 rpm. Has length, fighting for depth. 10/4 tilt. Around at times.
CH: 69-72 mph. 1837 rpm. Solid arm speed with some fade and a spin tilt of 1:45 out of the hand.

 

 

Jackson Niedel RHP / OF / Durham Academy, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 5/10, 158 pounds. Athletic frame, room to add strength.
Defense. Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches ball off left side, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. OF - 82 mph. Loose arm with quickness, high 3/4 slot, carry with some accuracy.
Hit: R. Upright, narrow, even base, hands at back shoulder. Controlled load against backside, average stride, hands load back. Loose hands, level swing, gets extension out front with some lift, works middle to right center with some barrel feel.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed.
Run:7.64 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Athletic with rhythm. Uses a hand pump with an uptempo delivery. Small rocker and easy turn, lifting to the low-chest. Stable. Sits on the back side slightly, reaching with the front foot. Closes the shoulders out of balanced, landing back on-line and square.
Arm Action: R. Long, rhythmic arm swing, building energy to an over-the-top slot. Hand may be just slightly laid off in the cocking phase as the foot-strike happens
FB: T81, 80-81 mph. 1955 rpm. 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Shows feel. Misses were arm side, high.
CB: 67-71 mph. 2457 rpm. Around it a bit, working with a slot that should create more downward tilt. Good spin. Length is present.
CH: 71-74 mph. 1560 rpm. Solid arm speed. Tunnels with fastball. Showed feel for arm side

 

 

Owen Bellamy SS / RHP / Croatan, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: SS/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 175 pounds. Athletic build, room to add strength.
Defense. Relaxed, fluid feet, catches ball in the center of his body, above average hands, funnels to the belt after catch, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. INF - 80 mph. Accurate, some carry, loose arm, 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, barrel above back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride. Quick hands, short to ball, barrel stays through zone, lined balls to both gaps.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:8.06 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small rocker and simple turn. Stable over the back leg. Athletic leg lift to the high-chest. Good rhythm. On-line. Reaches to his landing, slightly across his line. Slightly closed foot-strike. Rotational finish, falling to the 1B side at times. Loose, athletic hips.
Arm Action: R. Long, clean arm swing. High-3/4 slot that can drop pending the front side rotation. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. 1962 rpm. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated in the zone. Has feel for both sides of the plate
CB: 63-67 mph. 2280 rpm. Solid separation from fastball tunnel. Sweeping action. Occasionally lowers slot vs. fastball.
CH: 73-75 mph. 1602 rpm. Good arm speed. Has feel. Slight fade with 1:30 spin tilt out of the hand.

 

 

Jaxon Lucas SS / RHP / Garner, NC / 2023

 

North Carolina State commit


Positional Profile: SS/RHP. Good athlete that showed better on the mound on this day, but has a chance to be a dual prospect moving forward. Big spin metrics on the mound
Body: 6/1, 163 pounds. Athletic frame, projection ahead.
Defense. Athletic, feet work around ball, catches ball off left hip, softness to hands, funnels to belt with clean transition.
Arm: R. INF - 82 mph. Accurate, short arm action, feel for using different angles.
Hit: R. Athletic, even base, barrel flat above back shoulder. Small load back, short stride, little hand movement. Some quickness to hands, uphill barrel path, inside out approach.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run:7.4 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Build rhythm to balance where the tempo ticks up. Upright and stable over the rubber. Kick to the low-chest. Slight pelvic tilt out of balance, while reaching with the front leg for an on-line and closed foot strike. Good direction with solid extension
Arm Action: R. Long, clean and loose. Easy projection. Works to an over-the-top slot. Quick arm. Has intent
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. 2132 rpm. Solid ride with a 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated when in the zone. Has angle when down zone.
CB: 70-71 mph. 2525 rpm. Hard, tight, late tilt. Big spin number creating -16.9 inches of induced vertical break, burrowing down hill. Typical 11/5 action. Flashed good feel.
CH: 69-74 mph. 1468 rpm. 3rd pitch. Solid arm speed. Misses to arm side and elevated. Occasionally cut.

 

 

Ashton Plyler RHP / SS / Parkwood, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: RHP/SS.
Delivery: Tall. Side step and turn with the head moving across the rubber. Some pelvic tilt as the kick gets to the high-chest. On-line, lands in-line and square. Slight fall to 1B side. Short strider works for extension
Arm Action: R. Slight stab. Long arm swing to an loose, over-the-top slot. Average arm speed. Creates angle
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 2028 rpm. Good ride out of the hand with 20 inches of induced vertical break and a 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Around the zone, may have the ability to work elevated. Does create angle when down
CB: 71-72 mph. 2101 rpm. Slight hump out of the hand with 12/6 tilt. Gradual action. Down zone and down zone misses.
CH: 66-69 mph. 1150 rpm. Occasionally cuts. 12:30 spin tilt out of the hand on average. Arm side misses

 

 

Jay Allred LHP / OF / Northern Guilford , NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: LHP/OF. Physical frame with athleticism present
Body: 6/1, 177 pounds. Athletic frame.
Defense. Plays through the ball, catches it off right side, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: L. OF - 82 mph. Quick arm, high 3/4 release, some carry and accuracy.
Hit: L. Slightly open, hands at back shoulder, vertical barrel. Smooth load against backside, short stride, hands get back. Loose swing, hands have quickness, uphill barrel path, works middle to the opposite field, better than average barrel feel.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.37 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Rocker to the side with an easy turn. Leg kick leg by the foot working out and in. Knee works to the high-chest. Loose hips. Reaches down his line for an on-line foot-strike that is slightly closed. Good extension. Solid direction. Choppy rhythm but finds the zone the more he throws
Arm Action: L. Reaches out of the glove, wrapping the body slightly. Good acceleration as he works to an over-the-top slot. Exaggerated finish
FB: T84, 82-84 mph. 2188 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand wiht 11:45 spin tilt. Occasionally cuts the fastball. Better feel for arm side, and elevated at times.
CB: 69-71 mph. 1996 rpm. Inconsistent. Flashes hard 2/8 tilt at times. Sweeps out of the hand at times. Thrown with intent there is up to 15 inches of vertical break.
CH: 77-81 mph. 2041 rpm. 3rd pitch. Firm at times with carry. 11:30 spin tilt out of the hand.

 

 

Sylas Boris SS / RHP / Northwest Guilford , NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: SS/RHP. Good athlete with quickness and strength. Dual follow. High ceiling
Body: 5/11, 175 pounds. Strong athletic build with projection left.
Defense. Athletic, feet work around ball, soft hands, catches ball in the center of his body, funnels to the belt, clean transfers.
Arm: R. INF - 85 mph. Loose, quick arm, high 3/4 slot, carry across diamond with some accuracy.
Hit: R. Athletic base, slightly open, hands above back shoulder. Smooth load back, average stride, small hand load. Strong, quick hands, short to ball, barrel stays through the zone, has barrel feel driving balls to both gaps.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, ball comes hard off the barrel.
Run:6.93 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small rocker and turn. Kick to the mid-chest. On-line, lands in-line and square. Loose hips. Good direction with easy extension. Athletic throughout
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Athletic. Elbow works slightly above the shoulder line. Quick arm. High-3/4 release. Good direction.
FB: T85, 81-85 mph. 2159 rpm. Solid carry through the zone. Has feel for both sides of the plate. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand
CB: 69-70 mph. 2144 rpm. Hard, late at times. 10/4 tilt with hard sweeping action at times. Showed feel for the glove side.
CH: 73-75 mph. 1613 rpm. Solid arm speed and feel. Has fade. 2:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Solid 3 pitch mix


 

 

Chance Purvis RHP / 1B / Union Pines, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: RHP/1B. Physical with a quick arm. Strength present
Body: 6/1/2000, 205 pounds. Strong build.
Defense. Active feet, has feel around first base bag, better than average hands.
Arm: R. INF - 81 mph. Quick arm, high 3/4 slot, carry with some accuracy.
Hit: R. Even base, some knee bend, hands at back shoulder with barrel waggle. Small leg kick, short stride, quiet hands. Strong, quick hands, short to ball, barrel stays through the middle of the field, above average barrel awareness.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Lots of hard contact, above average bat speed.
Run:7.61 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small rocker and easy turn from the 1B side. Builds rhythm to balance, before accelerating through his finish. Kick to the mid-chest. Closed at balance, landing on-line and square. Solid direction through finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing with pace to a high-3/4 slot. Above average arm speed. Works with intent
FB: T86, 84-86 mph. 2024 rpm. Solid ride and carry with arm side run to the arm side. Elevated at times. 1:30 spin tilt out of the hand
SL: 74-78 mph. 1556 rpm. Hard 10/4 tilt, sweeping at times. Thrown with intent. Late. Will need more length or tilt to miss bats, but has a chance to create discomfort. Showed feel.
CH: 77-79 mph. 1719 rpm. Solid arm speed. Tunnels with the fastball with similar movement metrics. Relies on deception and change of speed, more than action