Prep Baseball Report

Nine to Know: Top Prospects from the Summer Kickoff ID

Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR of NC

Baseball was back in North Carolina on Sunday May 31st.  With over 60 players in attendance, and the event being run in waves of approximately 10 players to promote social distancing, PBR Scouts were very impressed with some of the performances.  The Summer Kickoff ID featured North Carolina's first full Tech event with TrackMan and Blast running throughout the event gathering advanced analytics and basic numbers on pitchers and hitters.

The entire event took place at Ultimate Performance in Matthews, NC.  PBR has run several events out of this massive facility.  The layout allows for catchers to make a full length throw to 2B, for outfielders to show off their arm strength with a 60 yard throw, and for infielders to work across a full length diamond.  Offensively, the hitters are able to workout in a 60'x60' cage, seeing the ball fly off the barrel.

The day consisted of a pro-style workout.  Pitchers were up first, throwing controlled bullpens with TrackMan gathering velocity, spin rate, release metrics and movement metrics.  As the position players began their day, they ran a laser timed 30, took reps at their defensive position, and rolled through multiple offensive stations.  For the position players, a radar gun was used to measure arm strength from their positions.  The catchers were able to make full length throws to 2B so scouts could get pop times.  As the hitters progressed to their offensive stations, they were able to collect a static exit velocity off of a tee and then during the live BP portion, Blast gathered pre-contact metrics like batspeed and rotational acceleration.  Ball flight metrics like exit velocity, launch angle, distance, and hang time were collected by TrackMan.

Below we take a quick look at the nine players that graded out the highest by PBR Scouts in attendance.  Each player has stats, an eval, and video on his full PBR Profile.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the 2020 Summer Kickoff ID

Summer Kickoff ID - By the Numbers

  • 63 Total Players in Attendance
  • 2021 - 2024 graduating years represented
  • 15 players ran a sub 4.05 laser timed 30 yard dash
  • 10 position players showed arm strength above 85 mph from their position
  • 4 catchers posted pop times of 2.11 or better
  • 13 hitters showcased a static exit velocity off of a tee of 88mph or higher
  • 13 pitchers touched 85 or higher in their bullpens
  • 2 arms bumped 90 mph
  • 13 hitters posted a live BP exit velocity of 85 or higher
  • 4 hitters posted a live BP exit velocity of 90 or higher
  • 3 hitters posted a live BP hard hit percentage of 70% or higher
  • 355' marked the furthest ball hit on the day in BP
  • 93.8mph marked the hardest hit ball on the day in BP
  • 90.8mph was the top fastball thrown
  • 2851 rpm was the top spin rate on a Curveball
  • 2615 rpm was the top spin rate on a slider
  • -2.87 (LHP) to 2.75 (RHP) - Range of release from the middle of the rubber, in feet of all pitchers at the event


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