PBR Scout Day: Diamond Deacons - Pitcher & Catcher 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 finalize the individual player analysis with the primary pitchers and catchers.  Eight players from the 2023 and 2024 classes.  There is plenty of upside to follow in several of these players as they continue to mature.

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Diamond Deacon Pitcher and Catchers

 

PITCHERS

Davin Blackwell RHP / OF / Northwest Guilford , NC / 2024

Young frame with room for growth ahead at 6 foot 1, 140-pounds.  Side step to rocker working with a kick to the mid-chest as the head begins to lean toward 3B.  Long arm swing works through a hitch as it gets to an over-the-top slot.  Works on-line, landing in-line and square, finishing with some extension through the target.  Fastball has cut, especially to the glove side at 65-67.   Change-up has average arm speed at 63.
Balanced setup from the right side offensively.  Hands work down and back during the load with the back elbow working up with some barrel movement and short stride.  Uphill bat path working through the middle of the field, staying inside the ball.  Exit velocity recorded at 71 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield, catching the ball in front of his left foot.  Some stiffness in the body through catch.  Clean transfers with a long arm action, throwing from an over the top slot.  Positional velocity topped at 70 mph. Recorded an 8.08 in the 60.

Beau Callahan LHP / OF / Elkin, NC / 2023

Thin frame at 5 foot 10, 140-pounds.  Controlled over the rubber with a small side step and hand pump over head.  Easy leg kick to the mid-chest as the hands break around the mid-chest.  Level and on-line, lands with a slightly closed strike foot.  Long arm swing, barring in back.  High-3/4 release.  Fastball sat 63-67.  Breaking ball spins out of the hand working for 1/7 arc at 56-59.  Erratic, landed a few of the breaking balls as the bullpen progressed.
Tall setup with a narrow base from the left side of the box.  Hands work back during the load with a short stride, getting his foot down early.  Barrel works level through the zone.  Used the whole field with a line drive approach with better than average barrel feel.  Exit velocity recorded at 77 mph.  Athletic in the outfield with quick feet, playing through the ball.  Average hands with a long arm action, throwing from a ¾ slot.  Some accuracy to his throws that topped at 64 mph.  Recorded a 7.25 in the 60. 

Levi Strahm LHP / OF / Reagan, NC / 2023

Athletic frame at 5 foot 3, 130-pounds.  Hits from the left side with a balanced setup.  Smooth load with a short stride.  Some quickness to his hands with a flat barrel path.  Works gap to gap with feel for his barrel.  Exit velocity recorded at 73 mph.  Fluid through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Clean exchanges with a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Arm topped at 65 mph from the outfield.  Solid actions around the first base bag with average hands.  Accurate arm that topped at 64 mph.  Recorded an 8.23 in the 60.

Dawson Yokley RHP / 3B / Oak Grove , NC / 2023

6 foot 1, 255-pound build.  Simple delivery with stability over the rubber.  Repeats and is around the zone with all three pitches.  Slow and controlled with a side step and leg kick to the low-chest.  Medium arm swing has some rhythm working to a high-3/4 slot.   Works on-line, landing square, working for extension through the target, occasionally falling to the 1B side.  Fastball has run and featured the ability to locate to each side at 69-74.  Change-up uses solid arm speed, playing straight, and around the zone.  The breaking ball worked at 64-66 with gradual rolling arc.
Offensively, balanced setup from the right side.  Hands cock during the load, creating bat angle above his head with a short stride.  Some strength in his swing with an uphill bat path.  Hit some balls hard to left field.  Average bat speed and barrel awareness with his exit velocity recorded at 83 mph.  Some softness to his hands on the infield, catching the ball in the center of his body.  Accurate arm with some carry to first base topping at 75 mph.  Recorded a 9.18 in the 60.

 

CATCHERS

Elias Coll C / OF / Grimsley, NC / 2023

6 foot, 175-pound average frame.  Hits from the right side with a balanced setup, sitting into his legs.  Weight and hands work slightly back during his load with a short stride.  Quick hands working middle to his pull side.  Stands up out of his legs through the swing, creating an uphill bat path.  Hit some balls hard to left center.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 77 mph.  Arm topped at 67 mph to second base, with clean transfers, and a short arm action throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Some feel for the second base bag with pop times ranging from 2.33-2.64.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands, catching the ball off his left foot.  Some carry and accuracy to his throws from a high ¾ slot.  Arm topped at 75 mph to home plate.  Recorded a 7.86 in the 60.

Jonah Guerra C / OF / Forsyth Country Day, NC / 2023

5 foot 10, 175-pound average frame.  Balanced setup from the right side.  Weight and hands work back during his load with a short stride.  Looks to keep his barrel through the front of the zone.  Centered some balls through the middle of the field with feel for his barrel.  Swing can get long at times.  Exit velocity recorded at 79 mph.  Arm topped at 65 mph to second base with quick, transfers across his chest with a short arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Accurate arm with some carry and pop times ranging from 2.31-2.41.  Plays through balls in the outfield with short choppy steps.  Average hands with clean exchanges.  Some carry to his throws that are accurate to the plate topping at 79 mph.  Recorded an 8.11 in the 60. 

Noah Quarless C / OF / Reagan, NC / 2023

6 foot, 155-pound average frame.  Tall setup from the right side.  Loads against his back left with his front foot working back then using an average stride.  Gap to gap approach with some strength in his swing.  Barrel works uphill through the zone with better than average bat speed and some barrel awareness.  Exit velocity recorded at 82 mph.   Feet work through his throws to second base with quick exchanges.  Short arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot with his arm topping at 73 mph.  Accurate arm with some carry with pop times ranging from 2.06-2.13.  Average hands in the outfield playing through the ball.  Accurate arm with some carry that topped at 78 mph.  Recorded a 7.72 in the 60.

Matthew Rice C / SS / Calvary Day, NC / 2024

Young frame at 5 foot 5, 115-pounds.  Right hand hitter uses a wide base in his setup.  Weight works back during his load with no stride. Short bat path to the ball staying through the zone.  Has feel for his barrel with his exit velocity recorded at 70 mph and should improve as the body matures.  Clean transfers behind the plate with a medium arm stroke, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Shoulders get pointed uphill affecting ball flight.  Arm topped at 61 mph to second base.  Some feel for the bag with pop times ranging from 2.48-2.58.  Active feet on the infield with average hands.  Accurate arm to first base that topped at 70 mph.  Recorded an 8.65 in the 60.