Prep Baseball Report

Nine to Know: Rising Stock for 9 Players at the PAS East

Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR NC

On Sunday February 2nd, sixty of the top players in the state of North Carolina converged at the Next Level Training Center in Greenville, NC.  The Preseason All-State showcase event is the top winter event in North Carolina year after year and with the increased demand, there are now two sessions, an east and a west.   

As we continue to dive into all of the notes and evaluations from the PAS East, we take a look at 9 players that saw their stock rise with PBR Scouts, based on their performance at Next Level.  This is not a top prospect list, but this does give readers a feel for players that may be ready to bust out this spring.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Preseason All-State East

Preseason All-State West – By the Numbers:

  • 60 players went through the workout at Next Level Training Center
  • 50 players ran the laser timed 30 yard dash
  • 3.61 was the top 30 yard time
  • 15 players ran sub-4.00 in the 30 yard dash
  • 14 players registered an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher off the bat
  • 97 mph was the top registered exit velocity
  • 93 mph was the top positional velocity from the OF
  • 94 mph was the top positional velocity across the infield
  • 10 catchers flashed a pop time of 2.10 or better in their workout
  • 24 arms threw controlled bullpens at the workout
  • 9 players were 83 or higher
  • 89 mph was the top fastball from the event


Nine to Know




Rhett James RHP / SS / Fuquary-Varina, NC / 2021

It is a live arm and the bullpen was very clean.  On top of the fastball bumping 88 with some ease, James also flashed a tight slider with a spin rate over 2430 rpm.

FB:  85-88
CB:  66-70
CH:  71-76
SL:  72-73



Will Harris SS / RHP / Rosewood, NC / 2021

Multi-sport athlete has a frame that is begging to have strength added to it.  As strength is added, everything else is in place to make quick and aggressive jumps.  The fastball was up to 84 and spinning at 2330 rpm.  The slider spun at 2082 rpm.  At shortstop, the athleticism is present, with quickness.  Offensively, there is barrel feel with average hand strength.

30yd: 4.29
INF Velo: 82 mph
C Velo: 78 mph
Pop Time: 1.97
Exit Velo: 82 mph

FB: 81-84
CB: 68-69
CH: 72-73
SL: 67-71




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