PBR Scout Day: Open ID with TPA - MIF Analysis

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report was on hand on Sunday August 11th for an Open ID Scout Day, run in conjunction with The Performance Academy.  The Open ID invited any players from North Carolina to work their way through a pro-style workout, updating statistics and video.  The Performance Academy invited their players, and players with interest in their program to the Open ID as well. 

Position players worked through a full pro-style workout, including a laser timed 60, followed by live BP, an exit velocity station, and then a defensive evaluation.  PBR scouts were on hand to record statistics, takes notes on players, and put together full evaluations on select players.  Players had the option to add a professionally edited video to their PBR profile as well.  Over 50 players participated in the day with grad years ranging from 2020 – 2023.

Below we begin the evaluation process on select players with several of the middle infielders that attended the event.  To see the full statistical list, CLICK HERE.



PBR Scout Day: Open ID with TPA - MIddle Infielder Analysis



Steven Smith SS / 2B / West Rowan, NC / 2021


Athletic with room to add strength at 5 foot 8, 135-pounds.  Hits from the right side with a balanced, athletic setup.  Weight loads against his back leg with hands working back with some barrel waggle.  Loose, quick hands with a slightly uphill path.  Works mostly middle to his pull side.  Average bat speed and barrel awareness with his exit velocity recorded at 73 mph.  Works to the ball in the infield, catching the ball in the center of his body.  Average hands funnel to the belt after catch.  Some accuracy across the diamond with his throws topping at 75 mph.  Recorded a 7.39 in the 60.



Bryce Clark SS / 2B / Orange , NC / 2021


5 foot 8, 145-pound build with room to add strength.  Tall, open setup with a narrow base from the right side.  Uses a leg kick during his load with a short stride.  Looks to lift the ball with his back shoulder getting under the ball, creating an uphill bat path.  Gap to gap approach with some strength to his pull side.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 77 mph.  Fluid feet on the infield, working around the ball with softness to his hands.  Funnels to the belt after catch, with clean transfers and some accuracy across the diamond.  Positional velocity topped at 77 mph.  Recorded a 6.92 in the 60.



Ian Faulkner 2B / SS / Heritage, NC / 2021


5 foot 9, 150-pound build.  Hits from the right side with an upright setup.  Uses a toe tap during his load with an average stride with his barrel tipping forward then back.  Glides into the ball with a mostly level bat path.  Works mostly middle to his pull side with some feel for his barrel.  Exit velocity recorded at 77 mph.  Active feet on the infield, looking to get around the ball.  Average hands catch the ball off his left hip.  Accurate arm across the diamond that topped at 77 mph.  Recorded a 7.84 in the 60.



Alex Forsgard SS / 2B / Millbrook, NC / 2020


Athletic build at 5 foot 11, 175-pounds.  Switch hitter.  Balanced from both side with a simple load.  Hands get through the zone form both sides.  More pull approach left-handed.  Flatter with more barrel feel from the right side, staying in the middle of the field.  Exit velocity recorded at 72 mph.  Fluid actions on the infield with rhythm to the feet and hands.  Average hands with an accurate arm, throwing from different slots.  Throws have some carry to first base topping at 72 mph.  Recorded a 7.79 in the 60.



Nicholas Edward SS / OF / Needham Broughton, NC / 2022

Athletic frame, lean with length in the limbs at 5-foot-7, 130 pounds.  Right handed hitter is balanced with a vertical bat.  Small leg kick loads him back.  Hands works to create leverage through contact with some uphill in the shoulders.  Slight pull emphasis.  Good bat speed for his age with average feel for the barrel.  Exit velocity peaked at 74 mph off the barrel.  Athletic feet, work with some rhythm with the hands.  Catch can be deep, working to center the body and the ball.  Funnels to the midsection.  Medium arm swing, loading the scapular.  High-3/4 release.  Good accuracy with carry at 69 mph out of the hand.  Ran 8.15 in the sixty, showing a better burst off the line than the overall time produced.



Reagan Hayes 2B / RHP / Northwood , NC / 2023

Small frame, still maturing, listed at 5-foot-5, 95 pounds.  Balanced, athletic setup on the right side.  Small load with a small stride.  Works to stay in the middle of the field.  Lacks hand strength at this time.  Level through the zone.  Bat speed should improve with maturity.  Exit velocity peaked at 55 mph off the barrel.  Defensively, active feet, collapsing on the ball, working to center catches.  Can be deep in his exchange.  Transitions from the mid-section with a medium arm swing.  Carry across the infield measured at 62 mph out of the hand.  Ran a 9.15 sixty, with a better burst off the line, lacking strength to carry his top end speed.
Stable over the rubber, working level with looseness in the arm swing.  High-3/4 slot.  Fastball ranged 60-63.  Breaking ball rolled out of the hand, around it at times.  Gradual 10/4 tilt at 53-55. 



Anthony (AJ) Ciaccio SS / 2B / Apex Friendship, NC / 2023


Young frame at 5 foot 9, 130-pounds.  Tall open setup from the right side of the plate.  Hands work back during his load with an average stride, diving into the plate.  Looks to stay inside the ball with a gap to gap approach.  Some feel for his barrel with his exit velocity recorded at 79 mph.  Fluid feet on the infield with average hands.  Funnels to the belt after catch with clean exchanges.  Accurate arm across the diamond that topped at 61 mph.  Recorded a 7.66 in the 60.