Prep Baseball Report

Pitcher Analysis: Rawlings Prospects / College Prospect Open

Brandon Hall, Matt Payne, & Lee Miller
North Carolina Director of Scouting & PBR NC Scouts

PBR was on hand at Campbell’s Jim Perry Stadium to run the Rawlings Prospects Scout Day in conjunction with the College Prospect Open Scout Day.  The Rawlings Prospects is a club organization that runs teams at the high school ages, and younger. For their scout day, players were run through a full pro-style workout on the turf field at Campbell.

The PBR Scout Day with the Rawlings Prospects ran in conjunction with an Open Scout Day, allowing players from across North Carolina to update their statistics, evaluation, and video within their PBR Profile.  All players attending the event are receiving the updated information and video, as well as updating their player grade in the PBR files, allowing PBR to continue to rank players in the various graduating classes.  Players with a player grade will also be considered for “Invite Only” events as well as national events like the PBR Future Games and the Super 60.

Today we look at the corner infielders and outfielders from the event.  Several of the players in this evaluation showed strength and looseness at the plate.  Some of the younger players will continue to develop, adding strength, and seeing their numbers continue to rise in the coming months.  Below are full evaluations, statistics and links to the player pages that include the individual player videos.

CLICK HERE to see the complete Scout Day roster for the Rawlings Prospects

CLICK HERE to see the players attending the College Prospect Open Scout Day

CLICK HERE to see the full statistical release from the August 7th Scout Day.


Pitcher Analysis

Maddox Kerley LHP / 1B / Alexander Central, NC / 2020


Physical presence in a straight-line build at 6-foot-4, 206 pounds.  Quick arm from a long arm swing, working through some stiffness, to an over-the-top slot.  Fastball bumped 85, sitting 80-83.  Multi-pitch guy with a cutter at 71-74, change-up at 70-72, and split at 74-76.  Breaking ball is second pitch at this time, ranging 66-71 with depth.  Gradual 1/7 tilt with the hand working near the hand speed of fastball.  Erratic at times, missing up and down with spin.  Vertical through balance, swinging the leg to balance.  Stiff on the front side, lacking some extension and rotating off to the 3B side.  Stuff may continue to tick up as direction improves.

Coley Kilpatrick RHP / 1B / Millbrook, NC / 2019

Strong frame at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.  Athletic build.  Controlled over the rubber, swing the front leg through balance, loading the front hip slightly.  Exaggerated high front side on hand break.  Long arm swing works to an over-the-top slot with quickness through release.  Choppy rhythm working slow to quick.  Remains level, landing slightly across his line, finishing with some effort.  Fastball bumped 87, sitting 82-86.  Good angle to the fastball when in the down zone.  Arm side run when on the arm side.  Slows the arm to command the breaking ball a bit.  When he keeps arm speed there is hard downer action with 12/6 tilt and depth.  Misses are below the zone.  Ranged 64-66.  Aggressive with his change-up, near his fastball hand speed.  Straight, it filled the zone at 70-73.

Hits from the right side using a tall, balanced setup.  Smooth load with a small leg kick.  Gets his lower half through the ball with above average bat speed.  Fluid swing with feel for his barrel.  Pull approach with strength in his swing.  Barrel works level through the zone, getting extension out front and driving the ball. Exit velocity recorded at 92 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands and clean exchanges.  Long arm action throwing from an over the top slot.  Accurate arm that topped at 82 mph.  Average hands at first base, using a long arm action with some accuracy to his throws.  Arm peaked at 81 mph across the diamond.  Recorded a 7.73 60-yard dash.

Ryan Rouse RHP / 1B / West Carteret, NC / 2020


Lanky, athletic frame with room for projection at 6-foot-6, 186 pounds.  Quick, loose arm jumps out with a fastball ranging 84-89.  Hard ride to the arm side at times.  Some effort in the delivery with an exaggerated pause at balance.  Level and in-line there is some effort through release.  Erratic at times, would find the zone for multiple pitches at a time and lose it for several as well.  Slider is hard and late with depth, potentially creating swing and miss vs hitters when above 80.  More early sweeping action when below 80.  Slider ranged 77-81.  Big ceiling to the slider as well.  Slows the arm on the change-up.  Some feel for the pitch with run out of the hand at 69-70.

Josh Sadler LHP / OF / Clayton, NC / 2019


Average frame with length at 6-foot-2, 150 pounds.  Still maturing and plenty of room to add strength.  Hand pump and average leg lift create stability over the rubber.  Some rhythm in the delivery, working with a long arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Fastball has early arm side sink at 74-78.  Good handspeed creates late 1/7 action at 63-67.  Has feel for spin and any misses were on line and down.  Straight change-up has some deception out of the hand at 66. 

Right handed hitter start open and balanced with a flat bat.  Slight leg kick loads the weight back.  Rotational the swing has some length, working for extension, with a pull emphasis.  Exit velocity of 82 mph will improve with added strength.  From the outfield, showed accuracy on throws measured at 77 out of the hand.  Looseness through the ball.  Clean exchanges.  Some length in the feet through the transition.  At 1B, hips can stay high as he works to catch the ball off the inside left hip.  Arm speed of 75 mph across the diamond.  Some athleticism in the transition from the left handed thrower.  Posted a sixty time of 7.50 on the laser.

Trent Simmons RHP / 3B / Bunn, NC / 2020


Strong shoulders and muscular physique at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds.  Strong lower half.  Still maturing with room to his ceiling.  Fastball touched 91 twice in the bullpen, sitting 85-88.  Arm is strong and quick from a long, loose arm action, getting to a high-3/4 slot.  Slow to balance, average leg kick, working to pace the delivery afterwards.  Choppy rhythm, level throughout, landing on-line and square.  Little stiff on the front side.  Head leaves the line early.  Hips generate speed and get through the pitch, creating a slight fall to the 1B side.  Change-up at 74-77 with good hand speed creating deception.  In the zone with run to the arm side.  The breaking ball is hard at 69-70 with sharp 12/6 tilt.  Up-down misses at times as he works to create direction through the target.

Right handed hitter works from a wide base and slight weight shift back to load.  Small stride, basically picking the foot up and replacing it.   Aggressive back side.  Bat sweeps the zone somewhat, with advanced bat speed.  Average barrel awareness.  Exit velocity of 94 mph off the barrel.  Quickness in body translated to the 60 as well, running a 7.17 on the laser timer.  Defensively, works to find rhythm in the feet.  Wide base at the catch, centering the ball.  Hands can get deep, funneling to the mid-section.  Clean transition to a long arm swing and strong arm.  Advanced carry with some accuracy at 86 mph across the diamond.   

Case Stroup LHP / OF / Apex Friendship, NC / 2020


Broad shoulders and physical presence at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds.  Strength is present with quickness.  Ran a 7.13 laser timed 60.  On the mound the fastball ranged 77-80, seeming heavy out of the hand.  Long arm swing with better than average hand speed gets to an over-the-top release.  Head clears to the glove side to make room for the slot.  Fights for rhythm and has some effort through the delivery.  Hip turn at balance with an average leg kick creating some coil.  Front side uncoils early, leaving the back side and creating a rotational release.  Lands on-line and square, falling toward 3B.  Occasional arm side action on the change-up at 72-74 with some deception in the hand speed.  Fights for hand position on breaking ball, working to stay on top.  Slower velocity created bigger break, rolling through the zone with 1/7 tilt at 66-71.

Hits from the left side using an open, balanced setup.  Short stride with a small hand load, keeping a quiet barrel.  Gets his lower half through the zone with average bat speed.  Barrel works short to the ball and stays in the zone getting extension out front.  Strength in his swing with his exit velocity peaking at 90 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with fluid feet and average hands.  Clean exchanges with a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Some accuracy to his throws with positional velocity topping at 83 mph.