Prep Baseball Report

PBR Scout Day: Open ID with TPA - Pitcher 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 continue the evaluation process on select players with three primary pitchers that attended the event.  To see the full statistical list, CLICK HERE.


PBR Scout Day: Open ID with TPA - Pitcher Analysis




Will Saxenmeyer RHP / 1B / Holly Springs, NC / 2022


Lanky frame at 6 foot 4, 165-pounds.  Simple delivery, repeating his actions.  Stable over the rubber.  Some rhythm throughout, working with uphill leverage out of balance.  On-line, lands square.  Long arm swing with average arm speed works with some effort to an over-the-top slot.  Fastball is in the zone at 78-81.  Gradual tilt to the breaking ball with 11/5 tilt at 66-68.  Solid feel for the two-pitch mix.
Balanced setup from the right side with his hands starting around his back shoulder.  Small leg kick during his load, sinking into his back leg.  Hands work down and back during the load.  Barrel works short to the ball with some strength to his pull side.  Some quickness to his hands with average bat speed.  Exit velocity recorded at 82 mph.  Active feet on the infield, catching the ball out front, in the center of his body.  Average hands with an accurate arm across the diamond.  Positional velocity topped at 71 mph.  Recorded a 7.95 in the 60.



Nolan Connaughton RHP / 1B / Middle Creek , NC / 2021


Lanky, projectable frame at 6-foot-6, 170 pounds.  Average kick to the low chest with some rhythm throughout the delivery.  Tall through balance.  Uphill leverage through the shoulders, working on-line out of balance.  Lands in-line and square with the front foot.  Short strider.  Medium arm swing with some stiffness works to a high-3/4 slot.  Three pitches in the zone.  Fastball is straight at 78-82.  Gradual tilt to the breaking ball with arcing 10/4 tilt.  Around at times, the  breaking ball ranges 61-62.  Slows the arm on the change-up.  Straight, the change is able to attack the zone, ranging 70-74.



Myles McGovern LHP / Lake Norman, NC / 2020


Average frame with some athleticism present at 5-foot-11, 150 pounds.  Thin, the body can add strength in the coming years.  Small rocker and kick to the mid-chest in the wind-up.  Tall and stable with his head.  Long, loose arm swing as the front side works on-line, landing square.  Quick arm with good feel for three pitches, flashing advanced pitch-ability in the bullpen.  Fastball ranged 81-83, touching 84.  Breaking ball works out of the same window as the fastball at 70-73 with a spin rate above 2600 rpm.  Good feel, landing the pitch and expanding with it when asked to.  Solid 1/7 tilt.  Change-up has hand speed and deception at 75-77.  Occasional fade with feel to the arm side.