Prep Baseball Report

PBR NC Rewind: The Month of January 2018

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

January has come and gone and while there is still a chill in the air, spring will be here soon.  February brings the start of the college and high school seasons in NC.  Players across the state are preparing their bodies and minds for the grind that lies ahead.  January saw those players ramping up and PBR was on hand to cover their progress.

Today we will take a quick look back at some of the top viewed profiles and stories from PBR and North Carolina as we wait impatiently for the spring season.  Google analytics allows PBR to follow trends and keep monthly stats for the most popular landing spots of baseball fans across the state.

Top 10 Most Viewed Profiles – January

AJ Jones SS / 2B / Southern Nash, NC / 2020


Shortstop with good actions and a feel for the barrel.  Plays with a high motor.  Has attended several PBR events, including the Winter Future Game Trials in January.



Zack Michael OF / Apex, NC / 2019


Toolsy outfielder did not disappoint at the Preseason All-State last weekened.  North Carolina State commit will be followed by many over the coming couple of years.



Liam Norris LHP / 1B / Green Hope, NC / 2020


Big lefty has garnered all sorts of accolades... Watching his video, you know why.



Zachary Hammer RHP / SS / Alexander Central , NC / 2018


Big righty is now committed to Catawba Valley CC.  Reports of increased arm strength this winter could move him up on prospect lists.



Alejandro Rodriguez SS / C / Southeast Guilford, NC / 2020


Athletic shortstop / catcher.  Switch hitter.  Smooth actions.  Participated in the Winter Future Game Trials and the Preseason All-State.



Andrei Beal RHP / 3B / Parkwood, NC / 2020


Righty made some noise at the Preseason All-State with his arm strength off the bump.



Christian Jayne OF / 1B / Terry Sanford, NC / 2018


Attending the premier pro scouting event in the country this weekend.  The Super 60 could bump Jayne into national talk.



Preston Hall 3B / OF / Stuart Cramer, NC / 2020


Left handed hitter creates buzz everytime he swings the bat... Preseason All-State attendee is being followed by many.



Sullivan Newsome C / 1B / Weddington, NC / 2020


Attended two PBR events in Janaury, standing out at both with athleticism and a projectable body type.



Maxwell Doherty C / 2B / Lake Norman Charter, NC / 2020


2020 catcher put up some impressive numbers at the Winter Future Game Trials last month.  Strength is present.



The Next Five...

11. Ronald Evans, 3B, Pro5 Academy, 2019

12. Owen White, RHP, Carson HS, 2018

13. Shemar Dalton, OF, South Stokes HS, 2020

14. Brandon Fury, 3B, Western Guilford HS, 2021

15. Christian Thomas, OF, Central Cabarrus HS, 2020


Top News Stories from NC

1. Updated NC Class of 2019 Rankings

2. Preseason All-State – Quick Hitters

3. Preseason All-State – Statistical Analysis

4. Preseason All-State – Roster Preview

5. Updated NC Class of 2018 Rankings


Top News Stories from PBR

1. Updated Overall Class of 2021 Rankings

2. Updated Overall Class of 2020 Rankings

3. PBR California Launches

4. Junior Future Games

5. On The Hunt: Intriguing 2020 Prospects