North Carolina Prospect ID: Catcher Analysis


Matt Payne
Associate Scout, PBR North Carolina

PBR opened its summer evaluations with an open prospect event at the beautiful Ultimate Performance complex in Matthews, NC on Thursday May 23rd.  Close to 40 players took part in the open pro-style workout with PBR scouts on hand to evaluate players and record their stats while going through the workout. 

The event featured players as part of the open North Carolina Prospect ID and the PBR Scout Day with Ultimate Performance.  Today we break down the catchers that attended the workout. 

To see the full list of statistics gathered during the workout, for every player in attendance, CLICK HERE (NC Prospect ID) and HERE (Ultimate Performance Scout Day).

 

NC Prospect ID: Catcher Analysis

Each catcher went through a full workout, being evaluated both offensively and defensively.  In the facility they were able to throw a full length pop time for our scouts as well as catch live bullpens so their receiving skills could be evaluated.  Offensively, an exit velocity was measured off the tee and a live BP session was evaluated.

 

 

Michael Bruno C / SS / Charlotte Catholic, NC / 2021

6 foot 1, 185-pound average build. Hits from the right side using a balanced setup.  Back foot steps back during his load with a short stride.  Quiet hands and barrel during the load. Short bat path to the ball, keeping his barrel in the zone.  Some quickness to his hands while using a gap to gap approach.  Better than average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 88 mph.  Athletic setup behind the plate with quick feet working through his throws to second base.  Transfers across his chest with a short arm action, throwing from an over the top slot.  Accurate arm to second base with his pop times ranging from 2.00-2.11.  Arm topped at 79 mph to second base from a crouch position.  Recorded a 4.06 in the 30-yard dash. 

 

Ben Buchman C / OF / East Chapel Hill, NC / 2021

5 foot 10, 170-pound athletic build.  Hits from the left side using a slightly open, athletic setup.  Short stride, getting his hands ready to attack the ball during his load.  Balanced, fluid swing with quick hands through the zone.  Found a lot of barrels during front toss, driving the ball with a gap to gap approach.  Keeps his barrel in the zone with above average bat speed and his exit velocity recorded at 85 mph.  Athletic setup behind the plate with good bend in the hips.  Quick, fluid feet, transferring across the chest with a short arm action, throwing from an over the top slot.  Some feel for the bag with his pop times ranging from 1.97-2.19.  Arm topped at 76 mph from a crouch position.  Plays through balls in the outfield with fluid feet using a long arm action, throwing from an over the top slot.  Arm has carry, topping at 85 mph.  Recorded a 4.00 in the 30-yard dash.

 

 

Tyler Monaco C / South Mecklenburg , NC / 2020

5 foot 11, 185-pound average build with strength in his lower half.  Hits from the left side with a balanced setup.  Smooth load with little to no stride. Hands cock during the load creating some bat angle behind his head.  Loose hands with some barrel whip through the zone and a slight uphill path.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 87 mph.  Some quickness to his feet working through his throws from behind the plate with a quick transfer using a short arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Arm topped at 75 mph from a crouch position.  Pop times ranged from 2.07-2.21.  Recorded a 4.50 in the 30-yard dash. 

 

 

Mason Mozeley C / 3B / JC Draughn , NC / 2022

5 foot 8, 150-pound build with length in his arms.  Left hand hitter using a balanced setup.  Weight and hands work back during the load while using a short stride.  Some feel for the barrel with a mostly level path through the zone. Some stiffness in the hands with average bat speed.  Exit velocity recorded at 83 mph.  Works through his throws to second base from behind the plate with clean exchanges.  Stands up out of his legs at times with a medium arm action, throwing form a high ¾ slot.  Arm topped at 78 mph from a crouch position with his pop times ranging from 2.18-2.40.  Solid actions on the infield with fluid feet and average hands.  Long arm action, with his throws topping at 82 mph to first base.  Recorded a 4.02 in the 30-yard dash. 

 

 

Brady Swadley C / OF / East Lincoln, NC / 2023

6 foot 1, 130-pound young frame.  Hits from the right side using a balanced setup.  Weight and hands work back during the load with a short stride.  Shoulders get tilted uphill during the load creating an uphill bat path through the zone.  Gap to gap approach with average bat speed.  Exit velocity recorded at 73 mph and should improve as the body matures.  High hips in his setup behind the plate.  Stands up during his transfer using a short arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Some feel for the bag on his throws to second base with his positional velocity topping at 61 mph from a crouch position.  Pop times ranged from 2.51-2.68.  Recorded a 4.61 in the 30-yard dash.