PBR Scout Day: Diamond Deacons - Infielder Analysis


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report Scout Days allow teams an opportunity to showcase their players for PBR scouts, and college coaches, while working with PBR to produce a full pro-style workout.  Players, at a PBR Scout Day, will run a laser timed 60 yard dash, workout offensively, receiving multiple rounds of live BP, as well as going through exit velocity testing.  Following the offensive workout, players are able to workout at their primary defensive position.  Pitchers will then throw a controlled bullpen.

On Saturday November 9th, PBR of North Carolina ran a Scout Day for players in the Diamond Deacon program and a handful of players from the Muddog organization.  Today we continue the individual player analysis with the primary infielders.  Thirteen primary infielders went through the pro-style workout with six also working out on the mound.  One 2021 paired up with several from the 2023 and 2024 to make up the infielder group below.

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Diamond Deacons: Infielders

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Spencer Boatwright SS / 2B / Chapel Hill, NC / 2023

5 foot 9, 138-pound build with room to add strength.  Hits from the right side with a balanced setup.  Quiet barrel during the load with a small leg kick and a short stride.  Mostly level swing working middle to his pull side.  Swing can get long at times.  Exit velocity recorded at 69 mph.  Active feet on the infield, working around the ball, catching the ball near his left foot.  Clean exchanges with an accurate arm to first base from a high ¾ slot.  Positional velocity topped at 69 mph.  Recorded a 7.75 in the 60.

Evan Cecile SS / RHP / West Stokes, NC / 2023

Athletic frame at 5 foot 9, 140-pounds.  Hits from the right side with an athletic setup with his hands starting above his back shoulder.  Smooth load with a short stride with his hands working slightly down and back.  Hit a ton of line drives working gap to gap.  Hands get through the zone with a flat barrel path.  Has some strength with average bat speed that should improve with strength.  Exit velocity recorded at 79 mph.  Plays relaxed and athletic on the infield.  Feet and hands work in sync.  Average to above average hands funnel to the belt after catch with an accurate arm across the diamond that topped at 71 mph. Recorded a 7.29 in the 60.
Attacked the zone with 3 pitches on the bump.  Fastball worked 75-76, dipping to 70-73 when dropping to a side arm slot.  Slot creeps higher on the breaking ball working to create more 12/6 type tilt, with solid hand speed.  Breaking ball sat 63-64 with gradual arc.  The change-up plays straight, occasionally showing arm side run out of the hand.  There is deception with good hand speed, sitting at 68.  Smooth delivery working tall over the rubber with natural effort.  Level and on-line, lands in-line with a closed front foot.  Long, loose arm swing works to a high-3/4 slot.  Quick arm.  Good upside on the mound with a quick arm and athleticism present.

Carson Daniel 2B / RHP / Westchester Country Day, NC / 2023

Athletic frame at 5 foot 10, 160-pounds.  Hits from the right side with an athletic setup.  Smooth load with a small leg kick and quiet barrel.  Direct barrel path to the ball working middle to his pull side. Hands get through the zone with some strength in his swing.  Average bat speed and barrel awareness with his exit velocity recorded at 76 mph.  Catches the ball in the center of his body on the infield with clean transfers and a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Fights for rhythm with his hands and feet.  Some accuracy across the diamond with his arm topping at 64 mph.  Recorded an 8.56 in the 60.

Kaden Fuller 2B / RHP / West Stokes, NC / 2023

5 foot 11, 165-pound strong, athletic build.  Hits from the right side with a wide base, sitting into his legs.  Weight works back during his load with a short stride. Drove the ball gap to gap putting together consistent rounds of batting practice.  Swing can get big at times with an uphill path.  Above average bat speed and barrel feel with his exit velocity recorded at 91 mph.  Works fluid through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Accurate arm with carry that topped at 81 mph.  Has athleticism on the infield, playing through the ball with active feet.  Catches the ball in the center of his body with average hands.  Accurate arm with carry to first base that topped at 81 mph.  Recorded a 7.86 in the 60.
Some rhythm over the rubber through a delivery that works to load the backside and front hip at balance.  Level, works on-line, landing square on the front foot.  Medium arm swing fights through a slight stiffness getting to an over-the-top slot.  Average arm speed.  Fastball has run at 79-81.  Solid breaking ball with sharp, 11/5 tilt at 66-68.  Good arm speed on the breaking ball, showing an ability to land the pitch consistently.  Still maturing, the advanced breaking ball and feel for the offspeed pitch suggests there is more coming on the bump soon.

Tommy Mattox SS / RHP / Westchester Country Day, NC / 2023

Thin frame at 5 foot 9, 138-pounds.  Hits from the right side with a balanced setup with his hands starting below his back shoulder.  Back elbow works up during the load with a short stride.  Barrel works uphill through the zone.  Stays through the middle of the field during batting practice.  Has some feel for barrel with his exit velocity recorded at 75 mph. Active feet on the infield with average hands, catching the ball in the center of his body.  Accurate arm to first base from a low ¾ slot.  Positional velocity topped at 73 mph.  Recorded a 7.87 in the 60.
Fastball played straight with occasional run to the glove side at 72-74.  Change-up and breaking ball each look to be average pitches, landing both with some ease.  Change-up is straight with solid arm speed at 67-68.  Breaking ball uses gradual sweeping action with minimal tilt, sitting 61-63.   Some rhythm to the delivery, working level.  Closed through balance, swinging open as he lands square and in-line.  Long arm swing with average to above arm speed from a low-3/4 slot.

Jackson Sink SS / RHP / Davie County, NC / 2023

5 foot 11, 145-pound athletic build.  Balanced setup from the right side.  Quick load with his hands working back and an average stride.  Some quickness to his hands.  Strong top hand with a short bat path to the ball.  Gets jumpy at times with the quick load.  Pull approach with average bat speed and his exit velocity topping at 81 mph.  Plays through balls on the infield with average hands.  Clean transfers with an accurate arm to first base that topped at 66 mph.  Recorded a 7.52 in the 60.
Some effort on the bump.  Fastball ranged 69-70 with run.  Inconsistent feel but was around the zone, with misses coming to the arm side.  Change-up has fade.  Slows the arm a bit, sitting 61-62.  Breaking ball has early, gradual 10/4 tilt at 60-61.  Average rhythm, working level over the rubber.  Lands in-line and square.  Long arm swing has a slight stab out of the glove.  Early rotation from the hand as it gets to an over-the-top slot.  Consistently landed the off-speed collections throughout the bullpen.

Tate Vogler SS / RHP / Westchester Country , NC / 2024

Strong build at 6 foot 3, 204-pounds.  Left hand hitter with a balanced setup.  Uses a toe tap during his load.  Quick hands with an aggressive approach.  Drives the ball to his pull side with feel for his barrel.  Above average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 83 mph.  High ceiling in the box with a combination of quickness and strength already present.  Feet work around the ball on the infield.  Average hands with clean transfers.  Arm has carry to first base with some accuracy topping at 74 mph.  Recorded a 7.98 in the 60.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Bryson Bowman 1B / RHP / West Stokes, NC / 2023

Lanky frame at 6 foot 3, 160-pounds.  Relaxed, tall setup from the right side.  Weight works back during his load with a short stride.  Hands cock, creating some bat angle.  Some quickness to his hands with feel for his barrel.  Lined balls gap to gap during batting practice.  Average to above average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 79 mph.  Feet work to the ball at first base.  Catches the ball in the center of his body with average hands.  Short arm action, with accurate throws topping at 61 mph.  Recorded a 7.72 in the 60. 

Claybourne Cole 3B / RHP / Lee County, NC / 2021

6 foot, 250-pound build.  Hits from the right side with a narrow base and some bat waggle.  Uses a toe tap during his load with a small hand pump.  Stays through the zone with a flat barrel path working middle to his pull side.  Has strength off the barrel when his feet and hands sync up during the load.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 93 mph.  Catches the ball in the center of his body on the infield.  Average hands with clean exchanges, throwing from a ¾ arm slot.  Some accuracy across the diamond with his arm topping at 80 mph.  Recorded a 7.78 in the 60.
Strike thrower on the mound that works with a kick to the mid-chest, swing the foot out wide.  Level with some rhythm, works on-line, landing square.  Long, loose arm action gets to a high-3/4 slot, occasionally dropping to a side slot on the fastball.  Fastball has occasional run, out of the hand, sitting 78-81.  Velocity at 77 from the side arm slot.  Breaking ball flashes late depth, but is still maturing as it occasionally acts with just a small cut action.  10/4 tilt on the good breaking ball with solid hand speed, sitting 70-72.  Solid feel for a big body, working to repeat the delivery with some athleticism present.

Caleb Hammond 3B / OF / Westchester Country Day, NC / 2023

Thin frame at 5 foot 8, 145-pounds.  Hits from the right side with a balanced setup.  Weight works back during his load with a short stride and some barrel waggle.  Quick hands with a level bat path through the zone.  Has feel for his barrel with a line drive approach working gap to gap.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 80 mph.  Athletic in the outfield, playing through the ball with average hands.  Accurate arm with some carry topping at 76 mph.  Active feet on the infield getting to a balanced catch position with average hands.  Arm has carry to first base topping at 73 mph.  Recorded a 7.25 in the 60. Still young and maturing with a solid base as he continues to add strength to the frame.

Mack Johnson 1B / RHP / N/A, NC / 2024

Strong build at 6 foot 2, 185-pounds.  Tall, open setup from the right side of the plate.  Hands cock during the load with his back elbow working up and the barrel getting to an upright position.  Average stride diving into the plate.  Has lift in his swing and left the yard to left center during batting practice.  Works middle to his pull side with flashes of feel for his barrel.  Above average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 81 mph.  Good upside in the box with strength present.  As he continues to add quickness and mature, swing is setup for success.  Average hands at first base.  Catches the ball with high hips with a longer exchange.  Accurate arm that topped at 67 mph.  Recorded an 8.12 in the 60.

Joshua Jones 3B / RHP / West Stokes, NC / 2023

Athletic frame with room to add strength at 6 foot, 145-pounds.  Hits from the right side with a slightly open setup.  Hands work back during his load with some barrel waggle.  Average stride, gliding into the ball.  Quick hands with a short barrel path to the ball.  Hit a lot of line drives spraying the ball all over the field.  Better than average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 84 mph.  Works to the ball on the infield with his feet stopping at catch.  Catches the ball in the center of his body with high hips.  Longer transfer with an accurate arm to first base that topped at 66 mph.  Recorded an 8.10 in the 60.
Some rhythm over the rubber working level with some effort out of balance.  Coiled and closed at balance, the front side swings open creating a fall to the 1B side through extension.  Long arm swing to a high-3/4 release with average arm speed.  Fastball has run and cut, depending on the timing of the front side, sitting 71-74.  Slows the arm at times on the change-up, ranging 66-67.  Falls hard and early to the 1B side on the breaking ball.  Early, gradual 10/4 sweeping action at 60-61 on the breaking ball.  Good feel for both the change-up and breaking ball throughout the bullpen.

Harrison Lewis 1B / RHP / West Forsyth, NC / 2023

Strong build at 6 foot 4, 190-pounds.  Posted the highest exit velocity on the day at 94 mph.  Hits from the right side with a wide base.  Weight works back during his load with a toe tap.  Loose, quick hands with some barrel whip through the zone.  Has lift in his swing and homered to left field during batting practice.  Made consistent hard contact working middle to his pull side with above average bat speed.  Relaxed hands on the infield, catching the ball in the center of his body.  Accurate arm with carry to first base that topped at 81 mph.  Recorded a 7.57 in the 60.
Size and strength suggest a potential future on the bump.  Fights for consistent rhythm, working level and on-line, landing square on the front foot.  Falls to the 1B side through his extension.  Some effort as the arm works with some length, while loose, to an over-the-top slot.  Above average arm speed with feel for the breaking ball and change-up.  Fastball is around the zone, elevated at times, and cutting at times.  Fastball sat 78-80 with more coming in the very near future.  Change-up has solid fade with good deception out of the hand at 66-74.  Breaking ball has sharp 11/5 tilt with solid hand speed, ranging 63-66.  High ceiling with length and strength in the frame and a quick arm.