Greensboro Prospect ID: Infielder Analysis


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
North Carolina Director of Scouting & PBR Assoc Scout

On Saturday October 27th, Prep Baseball Report ran an open prospect ID at North Carolina A&T’s War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, NC.  The field was in excellent shape considering the remnants of Hurricane Michael, that made landfall near Texas, from the Gulf, tracked through the Triad area on Friday, dumping over 12 hours of rain.  The Aggie staff and players had the field ready to go for the workout, allowing close to twenty players from across North Carolina workout, update their statistics and video, and receive an evaluation from PBR’s trusted scouting staff.

The laser timed 60 may have been the only aspect of the day affected by all of the rain from the day prior, run on a slightly soft track.  Position players continued their day after the sixty, with an extensive offensive and defensive workout.  PBR Scouts were able to assemble evaluations and updated statistics on each player in attendance. 

Pitchers concluded the day, throwing a controlled bullpen.  Velocity was taken on each pitch and PBR scouts were able to asses a current and future projection on each arm.

There were eight primary infielders that worked out on the day.  An impressive group featured several players that also worked out on the mound.  2020 1B Hogan Stallings is a physical presence on the left side of the box, as is 2020 MIF Trevor Faulkner.  2021 Dylan Koontz impressed with his name popping up on several leader boards in the statistical analysis from the day.

By The Numbers:
+ 19 players took part in the Greensboro Prospect ID
+ 10 worked out on the mound with 4 of those as pitcher only’s
+ 91 mph was the top fastball on the day
+ 80 mph was the median fastball for the workout
+ 4 catchers recorded pop times with the top time at 1.93.  Every catcher was below 2.15 at some point
+ 90 mph was the top Exit Velocity with 82 mph as the median exit recorded.
+ 85 mph from the OF by Brendan Bagwell was the top positional velocity

CLICK HERE to view the complete roster and statistics for every player from the Greensboro Prospect ID

 

Infielder Analysis

Fabian Avila SS / OF / White Oak, NC / 2019

5-foot-8, 150-pound average build.  Hits from the right side using a balanced setup.  Works back during his load with a toe tap, getting his lower half through the ball.  Gap to gap approach with his barrel working level through the zone.  Barrel flattens out early at times causing it to work with a longer path to the ball.  Exit velocity recorded at 76 mph.  Athletically plays through balls on the infield with quick feet and average hands.  Funnels to the midsection after catch leading to a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Accurate arm across the diamond that peaked at 79 mph.  Recorded a 7.39 in the 60-yard dash, on what was a soft surface.

Trevor Faulkner 2B / SS / Reagan, NC / 2020

5-foot-9, 195-pound strong build.  Hits from the left side using a slightly open setup.  Leg kick during his load with his weight working back, then getting his lower half through the ball.  Balanced throughout swing with above average bat speed.  Looks to drive the ball with quick hands, showing pop to the pull side, leaving the yard during batting practice.  Above average bat speed and excellent feel for the barrel.  “Hitterish” tendencies throughout each round of BP.  Exit velocity recorded at 88 mph.  Plays through balls on the infield with average hands.  Funnels to the center of his body after catch, leading to a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Accurate arm across the diamond peaking at 75 mph.  Recorded a 7.66 in the 60-yard dash on a slow, soft surface.

Dylan Koontz 3B / RHP / Community School of Davidson, NC / 2021

5-foot-11, 170-pound average build.  Hits from the left side using a tall, slightly open setup.  Toe tap during his load with some bat waggle.  Looks to launch with an uphill path.  Worked gap to gap with some feel for the barrel.  Pre-pitch waggle created some barrel inconsistency.  Showed pop to his pull side while hitting with wood.  Exit velocity recorded at 83 mph.  Athletically plays through balls on the infield with fluid feet and average hands.  Funnels to the center of his body after catch.  Short arm action throwing from a ¾ slot.  Some accuracy to his throws with his arm topping at 78 mph across the diamond.  Recorded a 7.53 in the 60-yard dash on a wet surface.
Throws from 2 slots on the mound.  Fastball sits at 80-83 mph from a ¾ slot and 75-77 mph from a sidearm slot.  Works in the zone from both slots with run and sink.  Showed advanced feel for his changeup from both slots.  Changeup has fade ranging from 70-75 mph. 

Gavin Marley 2B / RHP / Saint Stephens, NC / 2021

5-foot-10, 140-pound lanky build.  Hits from the right side with a balanced setup.  Works back during his load with a medium length stride.  Some feel for his barrel with his bat working level through the zone getting extension out front.  Line drive approach working mostly middle to his pull side.  Exit velocity recorded at 78 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with fluid feet and average hands.  Long arm action throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Arm peaked at 76 mph from the outfield.  Fluid feet on the infield with an accurate arm across the diamond that topped at 73 mph.  Some quickness is present, with a good burst off the line in his 7.47 60-yard dash.  With added strength he will carry his top end speed longer.  Track was soft on this day.
On the mound he uses a slower tempo with a step back, then into his leg lift with his leg working up to the bottom of his chest.  Works in line to the plate with a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot, maintaining a level head and getting extension out front.  Fastball has run and sink at 75-78 mph.  Curveball has depth with 11/5 shape at 64-68 mph.  Flashed a split with fade and sink at 70 mph.  Works around the zone with feel for all 3 pitches. 

Jack Mullane SS / OF / Reagan, NC / 2021

6-foot-1, 150-pound athletic build.  Hits from the left side using a slightly open setup.  Works back during his load using a small leg kick with a short stride.  Gets his foot down early with his barrel working level through the zone. Quick hands with feel for the barrel.  Works gap to gap with a line drive approach.  Exit velocity recorded at 86 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Long arm action throwing from a ¾ slot.  Some carry to his throws with his arm topping at 80 mph.  Plays through balls on the infield with average hands.  Good actions with an accurate arm across the diamond that peaked at 76 mph.  Recorded a 7.60 in the 60-yard dash on a slow surface.

Richard Sales SS / 3B / Pinecrest, NC / 2021

5-feet-10, 150-pound average, athletic build.  Hits from the right side using a balanced setup working smooth back during his load with a short stride.  Fluid swing with quick hands.  Keeps his barrel in the zone working gap to gap with a line drive approach.  Exit velocity recorded at 82 mph.  Athletically plays through balls on the infield with fluid feet and average hands.  Funnels to the midsection after catch, leading to a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot. Accurate arm across the diamond that peaked at 78 mph.  Recorded a 7.63 in the 60-yard dash on a wet track.

Hogan Stallings 1B / RHP / Wake Forest, NC / 2020

Monsterous 6-foot-5, 250-pound build. Hits from the left side using a tall, slightly open setup.  Works back during his load using a short stride.  Looks to launch with feel for the barrel and strength in his swing.  Works gap to gap with some whip in his barrel.  Loose hands with an exit velocity recorded at 89 mph.  Has feel in the box and is looking to create damage with each swing.  Some of the pre-pitch load creates some barrel consistency issues but this should improve with reps over time.  Average hands at first base with his feet stopping at catch.  Long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot with some accuracy to his throws.  Arm peaked at 72 mph across the diamond.  For his size, moves well with some looseness in his hands.  Recorded a 7.86 in the 60-yard dash, with a decent burst off the line on a soft surface.

Lukas Vines 2B / 1B / West Caldwell, NC / 2020

5-foot-7, 168-pound strong build. Offensively he works from the right side using a balanced setup.  Smooth back during his load with a medium length stride.  Gets his lower half through the ball with average bat speed.  Strong hands with strength in his swing.  Barrel works level through the zone with a gap to gap approach.  Exit velocity recorded at 81 mph.  Arm peaked at 64 mph across the diamond.  Feet stop at catch with a long arm action, throwing from a ¾ slot with accuracy to his throws.  Recorded a 7.70 in the 60-yard dash on a soft track.