Player Evals: Fayetteville Prospect ID - Corner INF & Catchers


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Executive Director & Director of Scouting, PBR NC

PBR was in Fayetteville on Wednesday October 21st at the beautiful JP Riddle Stadium, home of Fayetteville Tech Community College.  Over thirty players from North Carolina were in attendance to take part in the full workout, gathering stats, advanced analytics, and video on each player.

Position players kicked the day off with a full pro-style workout, including a laser timed 60 yard dash.  The offensive evaluation included exit velocities off of a tee in the cage area, plus full ball flight data during live BP, with Blast Motion analytics on the swing path.  Defensively, players worked out from their primary position, allowing coaches and scouts to get a full view of athleticism, arm strength, hands, feet, and accuracy on throws.

After the position players, pitchers in attendance went through a controlled bullpen.  The bullpen included TrackMan gathering ball flight information from the release, including velocity, spin rates, and movement metrics.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and complete statistical output from each player.  There are multiple tabs, with the TrackMan and Blast Motion data included.

 

By the Numbers:

  • 28 position players went through the workout
  • 6.91 was the top 60 yard dash time
  • 3 players ran under 7.00
  • 12 players ran 7.25 or better
  • 96mph was the top exit velocity off of the tee
  • 8 players posted an exit velocity off the tee of 90mph or higher
  • 16 hitters had exit velocities off the tee of 85mph or better
  • 14 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher in live BP
  • 96.86 was the top exit velocity posted in live BP
  • 376 feet was the furthest ball hit on the night
  • 87mph was the top fastball thrown in bullpens
  • 2479rpm was the top spin rate on a fastball
  • 2416rpm was the top spin rate on a breaking ball

 

Player Evals: Corner INF& Catchers

 

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

 

Ryley Norton 1B / 3B / Pinecrest, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 1B/3B.
Body: 6/1, 205 pounds. Large frame.
Defense:  Active feet, has feel around the first base bag, soft hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 67 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Tall, narrow base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load back. Hands have quickness, short to the ball, lift to the barrel path, gap to gap approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength off the barrel, above average bat speed.
Run:8.25 runner in the 60.

 

 

Bo Nichols 1B / OF / West Wilkes, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: 1B/OF.
Body: 5/10, 185 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  OF-Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean transfers. IF-Active feet, has bend to his hips, better than average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 68 mph. OF - 72 mph. OF-Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy. IF-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Athletic base, slightly open, hands above back shoulder. Loads against back hip, short stride, hands get back. Hands are quick, lift to the barrel path, gets extension out front, works gap to gap.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed with strength present.
Run:7.88 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Brady Powell 1B / RHP / Mallard Creek, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: 1B/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 180 pounds. Lanky frame, room to fill out, quickness present.
Defense:  Active feet, has feel around the first base bag, relaxed hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 80 mph.  Accurate with carry, medium arm stroke, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Relaxed, narrow, open base, hands at back shoulder. Hands load back, average stride back to even. Quick hands, flat barrel path, gets extension out front, has barrel feel working through the middle of the field.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.19 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Gage Miller 3B / RHP / Asheboro, NC / 2023

North Carolina State commit
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP. Good athlete with a very high ceiling in the box
Body: 6/1, 180 pounds. Athletic build, strength present.
Defense:  Fluid and athletic, has rhythm, soft hands, clean transitions.
Arm: R.  INF - 77 mph.  Quick arm, accurate, feel for using different arm slots.
Hit: R. Tall, open base, hands at back shoulder. Small leg kick, average stride back to even, hands cock back. Fast hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, lined balls all over the field.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Ball carries off the barrel, lots of hard contact, plenty of bat speed.
Run:7.13 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 1B side and slightly side saddled. Small rocker and easy turn. Lift to the high chest with a slight forward tilt from the head and shoulders. Loose hips. Works down the mound, landing on-line with a closed foot. Some effort. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm action. Plunges out of the glove. Some elbow lead, working above the should line. Above average arm speed. Over-the-top slot. Works with intent
FB: T81, 77-81 mph. 2100 rpm. Cut, especially when to glove side. Averaged 11:30 spin tilt. Elevated at times
CB: 61-63 mph. 1933 rpm. Hump out of the hand. Early, downer tilt. Above average arm speed, throwing it with intent.
CH: 72-74 mph. 1829 rpm. Good arm speed. Raw feel, but throws with intent

 

 

 

CATCHERS

 

Landen Baker C / 1B / Southern Nash, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6/3, 220 pounds. Large frame, strength present.
Defense: 2.09-2.18 pop times. Clean transfers across his chest, feet get in line to target, one knee setup receiving, average to above average hands.
Arm: R. C - 78 mph.  Accurate with carry, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Wide, even base, hands just above back shoulder. Hands load back, no stride. Quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, works gap to gap, has barrel feel.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact in BP, above average bat speed.
Run:7.68 runner in the 60.

 

 

Joseph Kelly C / 3B / Neuse Charter, NC / 2021

Belmont Abbey commit
Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/2, 195 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.18-2.33 pop times. Fluid feet, gains ground to target, clean transfers across his chest, hips have looseness, better than average hands receiving.
Arm: R. C - 74 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, athletic base, hands at back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride. Quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, has feel for his barrel, middle of the field approach.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, has strength.
Run:7.57 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Xander Lietz C / 3B / Broughton, NC / 2021

Queens University commit
Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 200 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.08-2.11 pop times. Fluid feet, clean transfers across his midsection, better than average hands receiving.
Arm: R. C - 71 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Narrow, slightly open base, hands at back shoulder. Average stride, quiet barrel. Strong hands with quickness, flat barrel path through the zone, works through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact during BP, above average bat speed.
Run:7.96 runner in the 60.

 

 

James (Jay) Haggins C / OF / Grays Creek , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 5/9, 155 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.12-2.58 pop times. OF-Plays to the ball, uses a two hand catch off his left foot, clean, long exchanges. C-Feet gain ground to target, clean transfers across his midsection.
Arm: R. C - 76 mph.  OF - 79 mph. OF-Accurate, long arm action, over the top slot. C-Accurate, medium arm stroke, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands above back shoulder. Leg kick against his back hip, short stride, quiet barrel. Aggressive swing, hands are quick, has lift to his barrel path, lined some balls to the left center gap.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.34 runner in the 60.

 

 

William Sword C / RHP / Thales Academy, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: C/RHP. Floods the zone on the bump. Good arm strength all over the field
Body: 6/1, 187 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense: 2.04-2.12 pop times. C-Fluid feet, clean transfers across his chest. OF-Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean exchanges. IF-Active feet, relaxed hands, catches the ball near center, funnels to the midsection, clean transition
Arm: R. C - 81 mph. INF - 87 mph. OF - 84 mph. C-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. OF-Quick arm, long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy. IF-Accurate with carry, medium arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Upright, narrow base, hands at back shoulder, vertical barrel. Controlled load, average stride, hands go back. Fast hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the ball, works through middle and to his pull side.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact during BP, above average bat speed.
Run:7.54 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple rocker and turn. Stable head. Lift to the low-chest. Level, on-line, landing in-line and square. Repeats with some ease. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Slight hand hook out of the glove. Over-the-top slot. Floods the zone. Advanced arm speed
FB: T87, 86-87 mph. 2227 rpm. Firm. Solid ride. 12:45 spin tilt at release. Good feel for glove side
CB: 71-76 mph. 2096 rpm. Firm. Top to bottom tilt. Worked in the down zone. Thrown with intent.
CH: 77-80 mph. 1641 rpm. Some fade with late run. Solid arm speed

 

 

Hunter Huneycutt C / SS / Scotland, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 5/9, 160 pounds. Athletic build with room to add strength, quickness present.
Defense: 1.97-2.01 pop times. IF-Athletic, quick feet, better than average hands, clean transfers. C-Quick, fluid feet with quick, clean exchanges across his midsection.
Arm: R. C - 76 mph. INF - 78 mph.  IF-Accurate with some carry, short arm action, over the top slot. C-Accurate with carry, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: S. LH-Relaxed, open base, hands at back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride back to even. RH-Slightly open, hands at back shoulder with barrel waggle. Small hand load back, short stride. LH-Loose, quick hands, direct barrel path, stays through the ball, has feel for his barrel using the middle of the field. RH-Balanced, quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through zone, lined balls gap to gap.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:6.95 runner in the 60.

 

 

Mason Moxley C / SS / Starmount , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 5/7, 133 pounds. Athletic build, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.04-2.20 pop times. OF-Athletic through the ball, catches the ball off his left foot, relaxed hands, clean exchanges. C-Fluid feet, quick, clean transfers across his chest, balanced setup receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 71 mph.  OF - 72 mph. OF-Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate. C-Short arm action, over the top release, some feel for the second base bag.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, quiet hands. Hands are quick, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, works through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.42 runner in the 60. 

 

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