North Carolina Quick Hitters - Future Games Workout Day


Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR of NC

The PBR Future Games has quickly become the top recruiting stop for college coaches across the country.  While the situation in 2020 will not allow coaches to be in attendance, there is still plenty of attention heading to LakePoint, in Emerson, GA, to see the best of the best.  The PBR Future Games feature the top uncommitted, underclass players in the country, all in one spot. 

Beginning Saturday August 1st, Team Carolina, made up of NC and SC underclass players, will begin their journey through the Future Games.  Saturday is a workout day with position players going through a full pro-style workout.  Sunday and Monday will feature live game play with Team Carolina taking on Team Florida, Team Mid-Atlantic, and Team Georgia.

Saturday's 1st workout of the day featured Team Carolina position players going through a full pro-style workout.  Players took multiple rounds of BP with Blast Motion sensors on their bats, tracking swing analytics, and TrackMan tracking ball flight information.  Players also went through an exit velocity station, working off of a tee.  Defensively, players were able to show off their skill set from their primary position.  Below are some quick notes from the 1st day workouts.

 

Quick Hitters

 

Colby Umbarger (RHP/OF, North Iredell HS, 2023) – One of the youngest players on the NC/SC roster, Umbarger has outstanding athleticism that was featured in the laser timed 60 and his workout from the outfield.  Easy exchanges and carry with a loose arm.  The arm will be featured on the mound as well.

Austin Hawke (SS, Reagan HS, 2022) – Twitchy, the middle infielder did enough on the workout day so that he is on the radar of coaches.  He will shine in game play where the tools are elevated due to his pace of play and baseball IQ.  There are those that shine on workout day and fade into the background… Hawke is one that will rise to the top throughout game play.

Jordan Overton (OF, Rolesville HS, 2022) – Loud BP… I will say it again for those in the back… the BP was very loud, peppering the umpire parking and trailers sitting behind the workout field.  Right handed hitting outfielders are not always a high commodity, but in this case the bat may play.

Seth Christmas (SS, Hopewell HS, 2022) – Bigger than expected when you walk up next to him, Christmas is a physical player.  BP was impressive with batspeed and carry.  Defensively he moves better than his average 60 time and showed a very accurate arm with carry.

Ty Torti (MIF, Pro5 Academy, 2022) – Solid fundamentally across the board.  Continues to show improved quickness.  Switch hitter has a feel for the barrel from each side.

Gus Shelton (1B, Randleman HS, 2022) – Physical right handed hitter.  Took the 1st round of BP to get dialed in and when he did he began to launch balls all over the yard.  The big right handed hitter has a chance to produce fear from opposing pitchers.

Noah Hill (C, High Point Christian, 2022) – Left handed hitter flashed barrel control and barrel feel throughout BP.  Solid bat speed, with a chance to handle higher level arms.  Defensively the arm was accurate.