Gate City Titans Scout Day: Quick Hitters-Position Players


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

PBR of NC was on hand at Ted Leonard Park in Greensboro, NC on Saturday April, 3rd for a Scout Day with the Gate City Titans. 31 players participated in the scout day with their grad years ranging from 2021-2023. 

Position players started the day going through a full pro-style workout. The workout started with players running a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive and defensive evaluation. Trackman was used during live BP to gather ball flight information. Radar guns were used to gauge arm strength during the defensive workout with PBR scouts grading footwork, hands, accuracy and carry. Pitchers finished the day throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting data on each arm. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance highlighting some of the position players in attendance. 

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Quick Hitters-Position Players

Hunter Russell, C/RHP, 2022

Large frame at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds. Made tons of hard contact during his BP rounds. Average exit velocity of 94.02 mph with his top at 103.01 mph. Hands are strong and quick. Barrel is flat through the zone with the ability to use the whole field. Arm topped at 80 mph from behind the plate. 

Owen Smith, RHP/1B, 2023

Lined balls to both gaps with his barrel getting extension through the middle of the field. Strength present in his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame. Top exit velocity recorded at 91.46 mph. 

Bryce Molitoris, 1B/RHP, 2022

Physical presence at 6-foot-6, 211-pounds. Balanced swing with his barrel staying through the zone. Hit several balls off the barrel lining balls to both gaps. Ball off his bat recorded at 89,69 mph. 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Sammy Edwards, 2B/RHP, 2022

Hands have quickness with a direct barrel path to the ball lining balls through the middle and to his pull side. Some strength and athleticism is present. Top exit velocity recorded at 91.25 mph. Accurate arm defensively. 

Riley Hefner, SS/2B, 2022

Balanced swing with a short path to the ball. Hands have quickness with the ability to keep his barrel through the zone. Hit several balls off the barrel lining balls to the left center gap. Top exit velocity recorded at 87.90 mph. Accurate arm across the diamond from shortstop. 5-foot-11, 163-pound frame has room for growth ahead. 

Nik DeBerry, C/1B, 2023

Strong build at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds. Works through the middle of the field during his BP rounds. Hands are quick with strength off the barrel. Accurate arm from behind the plate that topped at 76 mph. Best pop time recorded at 1.96. 

Terick Bumgarner, SS/RHP, 2022

Direct barrel path to the ball with the ability to use the whole field. Flatter barrel path at times lining balls through the middle of the field. Arm is accurate with some carry across the diamond topping at 85 mph. 

Hunter Greear, 3B/SS, 2023

Fluid swing working gap to gap. Barrel stays through the zone with several balls off the barrel during his BP rounds. Hands are quick with his top exit velocity recorded at 89.34 mph. Accurate arm to first base. Strength is present in a 6-foot, 187-pound frame.

Chance Bricolo, C/IF , 2023

Flat barrel path lining balls to both gaps during his BP rounds. Some quickness to his hands with his barrel working short to the ball. Top exit velocity recorded at 87.96 mph. 

Dalon Arrington, SS/RHP, 2021

Relaxed at the plate with a balanced swing and  his barrel taking a short path to the ball. Hands have some quickness with the ability to use the whole field. Athletic on the infield with an accurate arm across the diamond. 

Colby Niten, OF/2B, 2022

Ran a 6.94 laser timed 60. Hands have quickness at the plate. Lined balls to both gaps during his BP rounds. Top exit velocity recorded at 89.17 mph. Arm has accuracy from the outfield. 

Isaiah Zaino, OF, 2022

Posted the top 60-time on the lasers at 6.80. Hits from the left side with a middle of the field approach. Hands have quickness with his top exit velocity recorded at 83.38 mph. 

Luke Kelly, 1B, 2023

Lined balls through the middle and to his pull side during his BP rounds. Ball off his barrel recorded at 86.29 mph. Strength present in 6-foot-1, 240-pound frame.