Prep Baseball Report

Player Evals: 2020 Top Prospect Game - Pitcher Onlys

Brandon Hall
Executive Director of Scouting, PBR NC

The PBR of NC Top Prospect Games has quickly become one of the "must" events of each summer for college coaches, pro scouts, and the top players from across the state.  With continued regulations from the NCAA, college coaches were able to follow via a live stream that featured 3 separate camera angles throughout the day.  With the roster put together, there were several pro scouts on hand, representing their MLB clubs, to see the talent on hand.

Position players kicked the day off with a full pro-style workout, including running a laser timed 60 on the Burlington Royals's warning track.  Live BP followed with TrackMan and Blast following the action of each player's swing.  Players then went through a defensive workout, showcasing from their primary positions.

After the pro-style, the position players were split into 3 teams competing in a live scrimmage situation.  Pitchers did not compete for a team, instead throwing assigned innings.   The 3 team rotation allowed players to play and fill in at secondary positions, gave them a little time off, and allowed for the batting orders to be limited in their size, working to get each hitter 4 live at-bats on the day.  With the pitchers throwing live, TrackMan was again in use, tracking ball flight out of the hand, giving PBR Scouts advanced analytics on each arm.

Below we take a look at some position players who stood out during the workout and game action. 

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and all of the stats produced at the 2020 Top Prospect Games.

By the Numbers:

  • 30 position players took part in the day
  • 18 arms threw in the live scrimmage
  • 3 graduating years were represented, 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • 3 players ran a sub-7.00 sixty on the laser, on a slow warning track lane
  • 12 players ran a sub-7.29 sixty
  • 7.34 was the median sixty time on the day
  • 10 position players posted position velocities of 83 mph or better
  • 2 Outfielders were at or above 93 mph from RF on throws to the plate
  • 5 catchers in attendance, and all posted a workout pop time of 2.20 or better
  • 4 position player posted a 90 mph or higher exit velocity off the tee
  • 16 players posted an exit velocity of 85 mph or higher off the tee
  • 85 mph was the median exit velocity off the tee
  • 11 hitters posted an exit velocity of 85 mph or higher in BP, per TrackMan
  • 370.6 ft was the furthest hit ball in BP, per TrackMan, off the bat of Walker Jenkins
  • 4 balls in BP topped the 100mph mark in exit velocity per TrackMan
  • 91 mph was the top fastball from the event, from Isaiah Lowe
  • 7 arms worked at or above 85 mph
  • 84 mph was the median top fastball at the Top Prospect Games
  • 2366 rpm was the top spin rate on a fastball at the event
  • 2710 rpm was the top spin rate on a breaking ball on the day


Pitcher Only Evals



Jackson Humphries LHP / OF / Fuquay-Varina, NC / 2022


Campbell commit
Body: 6/1, 175 pounds. Lanky with strength present. Frame will continue to mature
Delivery: Small side step and easy turn. Lift to the mid-chest. Loose hips. Controlled rhythm building out of his balance. Swings to an in-line and closed foot-strike. Easy extension
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing, slightly wrapped behind the body. High-3/4 slot. Quick arm
FB: T86, 82-86 mph. 2111 rpm. Average spin metrics with a 11:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Some arm side run, bigger at times when going to the arm side. Spin tilt can be inconsistent. Around the zone, lacking pure command, with better feel for arm side
SL: 73-77 mph. 2561 rpm. Hard, late, and deceptive with 11 inches of horizontal movement. Best with depth and 2/8 tilt, but occasionally creates more of a sweeping action. Thrown with intent and big spin.
CH:  mph. 1772 rpm. Consistent 10:30 spin tilt with solid arm side run. Lacks advanced feel but has the makings of an, at least, average pitch at the next level.

Zac Martin RHP / Foard, NC / 2022


Body: 6/4, 160 pounds. Thin frame with length. Plenty of room for added strength
Delivery: Athletic. Small side step and turn, lifting to the high chest. Stable and repeats. Loose, athletic hips. Closed at balance, works to a landing slightly across his line. Square foot-strike. Solid direction and easy finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing to a high-3/4 slot. Quick arm. Strike thrower, flooding the zone with 3 pitches. Pitches tend to tunnel from the same release
FB: T86, 83-85 mph. 2040 rpm. Average spin metrics with 12 inches of horizontal break. Does create some soft contact with arm side run. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Advanced feel for the zone with the ability to move the ball to both sides of the plate
SL: 71-78 mph. 2181 rpm. Mature 10/4 tilt that can be augmented into 11/5 for more depth at times. Tunnels with fastball early. Thrown with intent, late action. Showed feel for the zone and to create chase.
CH: 77-78 mph. 2030 rpm. Advanced feel on a straight change. Good arm speed. Shows feel

Aubrey Smith RHP / 1B / South Brunswick, NC / 2022


Body: 6/3, 200 pounds. Strong lower half. Broad shoulders
Delivery: Side saddled with an easy rocker and turn. Lifts to the Mid-chest. Head is mostly stable throughout. Good direction, working level, in-line, landing on-line and square. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Long, easy arm swing to a high-3/4 slot. Above average arm speed. Arm strength over arm speed right now.
FB: T87, 84-87 mph. 1900 rpm. Potential sink-slide guy with heavy, late run to the arm side. 1;30 Spin tilt out of the hand with over 12.5 inches of average horizontal run. Attacked the zone, showing an ability to elevate at times
CB: 65-71 mph. 1907 rpm. Inconsistent spin, ranging from a sweeping action across the zone to a 10/4 tilt. Averaged a 9:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated at times, was fighting for consistency on this day. We have seen it better with more depth. Thrown with intent and solid rpms.
CH: 72-75 mph. 1461 rpm. Heavy arm side run out of the hand, thrown to the arm side with good arm speed

Sean Clark RHP / 1B / Asheville, NC / 2021


Body: 6/4, 205 pounds. Average frame with length
Delivery: Tall and straight on, uses a small side step and easy turn. Lifts to the low-chest. Stable and controlled. Works on-line and level, landing in-line and square. Some effort through his finish, working for extension. Repeats and flooded the zone
Arm Action: R. Arm plunges and pauses out of the glove. Works back to an over-the top slot, fighting for timing at times. Average arm speed.
FB: T84, 79-84 mph. 1454 rpm. Strike thrower that can add and subtract on the fastball. Arm side run, early at times. Run more effective when on the arm side. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand
CB: 67-71 mph. 1943 rpm. Inconsistent spin, working for 10/4 tilt. Some depth when on top.
CH: 73-75 mph. 1292 rpm. Good feel. Stays to the arm side. 1:15 tilt out of the hand

Jacob Halford RHP / Northern Guilford, NC / 2021


NC State commit
Body: 6/2, 180 pounds. Long, lean frame. Long limbs
Delivery: Stretch only. Kick to the high-chest. Loose, athletic hips. Uphill with the shoulders, working on-line. Aggressive down the mound, landing slightly open to his line with a square foot-strike. Works with intent and solid direction
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing that works slightly behind the body line as it climbs to an over-the-top slot. Slot can be exaggerated at times. Fights for consistent rhythm and timing. Quick arm with arm strength present.
FB: T89, 84-89 mph. 2022 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand. Arm side run can be heavy at times. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated with better feel for glove side
CB: 75-79 mph. 2219 rpm. Inconsistent spin, working for 11/5 depth. Hard with late tilt when he is on top.
CH: 77-81 mph. 1940 rpm. 2:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Solid arm speed. Some feel

Jordan White RHP / SS / West Stokes , NC / 2021

Body: 6/3, 162 pounds. Length with room to add strength
Delivery: Stretch only. Low kick to the belt, sweeping the leg back and then forward. Stable head. Works level. Slightly closed at balance works back to an on-line landing with a square foot-strike. Solid direction and finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing to a high-3/4 slot. Works to load the scapular, at times leaving the arm behind. Works with intent. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T84, 79-84 mph. 2138 rpm. Consistent 12:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Flooded the zone with an ability to work to both sides, and elevate when warranted
CB: 71-73 mph. 2211 rpm. 10/4 tilt. Early, gradual arc. Landed in the zone.

Chance Purvis RHP / 1B / Union Pines, NC / 2022

Body: 6/1, 210 pounds. Strength is present. Powerful lower half
Delivery: Small side step and turn. Lift to the low-chest. Level, works on-line. Lands in-line and square. Athletic finish with an occasional fall to the 1B side. Has intent with good direction
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing. Quick arm, works with intent. High-3/4 release. Above average arm speed.
FB: T84, 80-84 mph. 1856 rpm. Arm side run to the arm side. Around the zone with better feel for the arm side. Showed an ability to work to both sides. Elevated at times. 1:45 spin tilt out of the hand
CB: 69-73 mph. 1864 rpm. Hard, thrown with intent. 10/4 tilt that occasionally shows more depth. Late, does create some deception.

Isaiah Lowe RHP / 3B / Christ School, NC / 2022


Wake Forest commit
Body: 6/1, 216 pounds. Powerful lower half with broad shoulders. Physically mature
Delivery: Side step with a hand pump over the head. Easy turn. Kick to the mid-chest. Level and controlled, builds rhythm through release. On-line lands square. Solid extension and athleticism through the finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Body leaves arm a bit, forcing the arm to quicken through a high-3/4 release. Quick arm. Strength over arm speed.
FB: T91, 87-91 mph. 2213 rpm. Heavy with an ability to create ground balls when down in the zone. Lacks ride when elevated. 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Better feel for arm side with best results down in the zone
CB: 68-73 mph. 2318 rpm. Hard, late tilt. Short sweeping action across the zone, working to create a little tilt. Arm side with most breaking balls.
CH: 80-84 mph. 2004 rpm. Solid arm speed and a 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand.

Evan Suarez LHP / Oak Grove, NC / 2021

Body: 6/4, 180 pounds. Long and thin. Room for added strength. Athletic frame
Delivery: Tall with a small side step and easy turn. Stable head through balance. Closed at balance as the leg kick works to the back shoulder, coiling the front hip. Lands on-line and square from the 3B side. Athletic finish
Arm Action: L. Long, reaching out of the glove, wrapped behind the body line. Some effort. Works to an over-the-top slot. Better than average arm speed. Has feel and gains more as the outing progresses
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 1984 rpm. Big ride out of the hand with a 11:30 spin tilt and 20.5 inches of induced vertical break. Straight, the ball plays up in the zone, creating pop ups and swing and miss. Elevated throughout much of the outing
CB: 65-67 mph. 1346 rpm. 2/8 tilt. Showed some feel. Solid arm speed. Fights for consistent release and spin.

Blake Hanly LHP / LHP / Heritage, NC / 2021


Belmont Abbey commit
Body: 6/3, 195 pounds. Large frame with broad shoulders.
Delivery: No rocker. Easy turn. Stable over the rubber, kicking to the mid-chest. Slight pause and gather at balance before leaning to the first base side. Level and in-line. Lands on-line with a heavily closed front foot. Balanced finish
Arm Action: L. Choppy arm action plunges out of the glove. Medium arm swing to a 3/4 slot, occasionally working at a high-3/4 release. Some funk, the ball jumps out of the hand and on the hitter. Better than average arm speed
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. 2057 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand. 10:45 spin tilt. Flooded the zone, working to the glove side with some ease. Arm side run when on the arm side. Gradual movement.
CB: 66-74 mph. 1724 rpm. Limited break with a sweeping action. Elevated at times. 3rd pitch right now.
CH: 71-73 mph. 1456 rpm. Creates swing and miss in the zone and with chase. 10:45 spin tilt, tunnels with the fastball before fading to the arm side. Out pitch potential at the next level.

Evan Hart RHP / OF / Rocky Mount, NC / 2021


North Carolina A&T commit
Body: 6/3, 165 pounds. Length is present with projection left
Delivery: Tall with a small rocker and turn. Closed at balance with a kick to the high-chest. Loads the backside. Uphill leverage in the shoulders. Works back to an on-line and square foot strike. Solid extension. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing with some stiffness out of the glovec. Works slightly behind the body line. Over-the-top release with above average arm speed. Good intent and direction
FB: T86, 81-86 mph. 2141 rpm. Arm side run, at times late. Elevated throughout, created soft contact with average vertical break metrics. Attacked the zone and expanded when ahead
CB: 74-77 mph. 2202 rpm. Inconsistent spin working for 11/5 tilt. Has intent. Good arm speed.
CH: 77-78 mph. 1757 rpm. Landed the change consistently with good arm speed. Has arm side run out of the hand

Owen Bynum RHP / Western Alamance, NC / 2022

Body: 5/11, 178 pounds. Average frame
Delivery: Straight on setup. Turns and lifts with a coil to the shoulders and hips. Shows his back to the hitter. Hands pump from the belt to the high chest on the leg kick. Level, works back to an on-line and square foot-strike. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing. Some stiffness at the bottom of the arm arc. Ball is hidden. Over-the-top slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T84, 79-84 mph. 1707 rpm. Solid ride through the zone with an ability to create discomfort when elevated. 19.6 inches of induced vertical break. Limited horizontal break. Better feel to the glove side
CB: 63-66 mph. 1769 rpm. Works with depth. Slight hump out of the hand, rolling through its arm. 11/5 tilt.

Brady Turner LHP / Oak Grove , NC / 2022

Body: 5/8, 165 pounds. Average build. Strength present in lower half.
Delivery: Balanced over the rubber, lifting to the top of the chest. Level, slightly closed in the shoulders, works to an in-line and square foot strike from the 3B side. Hips clear with a slight fall to the 3B side on his finish
Arm Action: L. Ball plunges out of the glove. Some elbow lead as the arm works to its high-3/4 slot. Good intent. Good direction. Above average arm speed.
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. 1868 rpm. Solid ride with 17.3 inches of induced vertical break. 11:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated at times, showed an ability to get the ball to the glove side. Attacked the zone
CB: 69-73 mph. 1933 rpm. Hard tilt, thrown with intent. Created freeze in the zone and chase out of the zone with a breaking ball with depth and 1/7 tilt. More of an early count breaking ball worked with 10/4 tilt and more sweep.