Player Evals: 2020 Top Prospect Games - Corner INF & Catchers


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Executive Director & 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.

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

 

 

 

 

Derek Farley 1B / 3B / SouthLake Christian, NC / 2021

 

Positional Profile: 1B/3B.
Body: 5/10, 245 pounds. Large frame.
Defense:  Quick feet, feel around the first base bag, relaxed hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 72 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Strong, even base, hands at back shoulder, vertical barrel. Weight loads back, no stride, quiet barrel. Quick hands, barrel is short to the ball and stays through the zone, gets extension out front, lots of barrel feel using the whole field.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has presence in the box, quality at bats with zone awareness, made hard contact to center and left field, above average bat speed with strength.
Run:8.44 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Tanner Moore 1B / 3B / Southwest Guilford, NC / 2022


Positional Profile: 1B/3B.
Body: 6/3, 235 pounds. Large frame.
Defense:  Active feet, better than average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 74 mph.  Accurate, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Slightly open, relaxed hands at his back shoulder. Simple load, short stride, hands go back. Balanced, compact swing, quick hands with a short path to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, has barrel feel working gap to gap.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact in all four of his game at bats using the whole field, has strength with above average bat speed.
Run:8.51 runner in the 60.

 

 

Camp O'Connell 1B / OF / Weddington, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: 1B/OF.
Body: 6/1, 208 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  OF-Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his left foot, clean exchanges. IF-Active feet, hands have softness, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 77 mph. OF - 87 mph. OF-Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy. IF-Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: R. Even, wide base, barrel on back shoulder. Short stride, hands load back. Quick hands, barrel stays through the zone, some lift out front with extension, has barrel feel working through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact to both sides of the field in game action, above average bat speed with strength.
Run:7.20 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Casey Gouge LHP / 1B / West Rowan, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: LHP/1B.
Body: 6/1, 150 pounds. Thin frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Relaxed, fluid feet, soft hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: L.  INF - 78 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, uses a 3/4 and high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Tall, narrow base, slightly open, hands at back shoulder. Short stride back to even, hands load back. Relaxed, balanced, short to the ball, mostly level through the zone, hands have quickness, gap to gap approach with barrel feel.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run:7.17 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple rocker and turn, lifting to the mid-chest and coiling the front hip as he begins to reach for his landing. Aggressive stride, lands on-line and square. Level throughout. Easy delivery with athletic finish
Arm Action: L. Long, clean arm swing. Athletic to a high-3/4 slot. Quick arm. Good direction.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. 2208 rpm. Good ride through the zone with 19.2 inches of induced vertical break. 11:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Strike thrower with feel for both sides
CB: 71-72 mph. 2638 rpm. Slight hump, playing late and short with 2/7 tilt. Good arm speed and spin.

 

 

Chace Chaplin 3B / 1B / Middle Creek, NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: 3B/1B.
Body: 5/11, 190 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  Active feet, catches the ball left of center, relaxed hands, funnels to the belt, clean transitions. Could play first base as well showing feel around the first base bag.
Arm: R.  INF - 83 mph.  Accurate with carry, medium arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, hands load slightly back. Short swing, quick hands, some lift to the barrel path staying through the zone, has barrel feel working through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Ball comes hard off the barrel, above average bat speed, barreled a ball to the right side off live pitching.
Run:7.22 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Brandon Crabtree 3B / RHP / Grace Christian, NC / 2023

 

NC State commit
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 180 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense: 
Arm: R.  INF - 79 mph.  Relaxed, catches the ball left of center, soft hands, funnels to the midsection, clean exchanges.
Hit: L. Open base, has knee bend, hands just above back shoulder. Small leg lift, average stride, hands load back. Fluid swing, short to ball, barrel stays through the zone, consistent barrels, can use the whole field.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Barreled a ball to center for a hit, tucked hands on a fastball inside for a triple to right center, above average bat speed.
Run:7.54 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple delivery. Low leg kick. Works on-line and level. Short strider. Average extension. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing. Fights to catch up with body timing at times. Over-the-top slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 1853 rpm. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Average to slightly above ride through the zone. Elevated through most of the outing
CB: 63-65 mph. 2081 rpm. Has depth with 11/5 tilt. Solid arm speed. Sharp.
CH: 74-75 mph.  rpm. Good arm speed. Straight.

 

 

Ryan Hench 3B / RHP / Orange, NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: 3B/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 190 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense:  Feet work around ball, catches the ball near center, soft hands, funnels to the midsection, clean transitions.
Arm: R.  INF - 84 mph.  Arm has carry, some accuracy, short arm action, feel for different arm angles.
Hit: R. Slightly open base, starts with more weight on the back leg, hands at back shoulder. Toe tap, short stride, small hand load. Quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through getting extension out front, lined balls through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Barreled a ball to left in game action, has strength with better than average bat speed.
Run:7.41 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Straight on with hands at his chin, uses a side step and easy turn to balance. Hands work to the belt, pumping up with the leg kick. Kick to the belt, slightly closed at balance. Aggressive stride and rhythm out of balance. Lands on-line and square, working level. Average extension
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing. Slight elbow lead out of the glove. High-3/4 slot. Strong arm. Above average arm speed.
FB: T85, 82-85 mph. 1994 rpm. Around the zone flashing the ability to go to both sides and elevate. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Average ride. Some arm side run
CB: 67-72 mph. 1650 rpm. Sweeping action. Slow tilt.
CH: 72-74 mph. 1739 rpm. Solid arm speed. Some deception.

 

 

Louis Berini C / 2B / Northern Durham, NC / 2022

 

Positional Profile: C/2B.
Body: 5/6, 160 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.17 - 2.25 pop times. Quick feet, smooth transfers across his chest.
Arm: R. C - 74 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Upright, slightly open narrow base, hands above back shoulder. Controlled leg kick, short stride, hands load down and back. Barrel is short to the ball, stays through the zone, has barrel feel using the whole field, hands have quickness.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Barreled a ball for a double to right center in game action, better than average bat speed.
Run:7.44 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Trey Way C / 2B / Randleman, NC / 2022

 

Virginia Tech commit
Positional Profile: C/2B.
Body: 5/10, 180 pounds. Athletic build, strength present.
Defense: 1.91 - 2.07 pop times. C-Athletic, fluid, quick feet with quick transfers across his chest. IF-Relaxed, balanced at the catch position, hands have softness, catches the ball in the center of his body, funnels to the belt, clean transitions.
Arm: R. C - 79 mph. INF - 89 mph.  C-Extremely accurate, has carry, short arm action, over the top slot. IF-Accurate with carry, short arm action, over hand release.
Hit: R. Slightly open, strong base with more weight on the back leg, hands at back shoulder. Smooth load, short stride, hands get ready to attack. Relaxed, quick hands, short path to ball, barrel stays through the zone, gets extension working gap to gap with feel for his barrel.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Fast barrel through the zone, can drive the ball, hard contact to left center for a base hit in game action.
Run:7.03 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Sam Ross C / OF / Ragsdale, NC / 2021


Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 5/9, 205 pounds. Strong Frame.
Defense: 2.17 - 2.52 pop times. Has mobility in the hips, quick feet, with quick, clean exchanges across his chest.
Arm: R. C - 71 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for the second base bag.
Hit: R. Open base, more weight on the back leg, hands at back shoulder. Small leg lift, short stride back to even, hands load back. Direct barrel path, mostly level through the zone, hands have quickness, line drive approach working middle and to his pull side.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Barreled a ball to left for a base hit in game action, average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.00 runner in the 60.

 

 

Austin Williams C / OF / Leesville Road , NC / 2021

 

Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 5/10, 185 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.07 - 2.17 pop times. Fluid feet with clean transfers across his chest, accurate with carry in game action.
Arm: R. C - 73 mph.  Accurate with carry, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Relaxed, balanced, hands at back shoulder. Simple load, short stride, quiet hands. Barrel is short to the ball, stays through the zone, gets extension out front, strong hands, lots of barrel feel.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact to left and left center in game action for two doubles, has strength with above average bat speed.
Run:7.41 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Luke Stevenson C / 3B / Wake Forest, NC / 2023


Positional Profile: C/RHP.
Body: 5/11, 185 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.07 - 2.25 pop times. Quick feet, transfers across the midsection, plays with energy.
Arm: R. C - 78 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: L. Relaxed, even base, hands at back shoulder. Smooth load, short stride, hands get set to attack. Balanced and compact, hands are quick, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, plenty of barrel feel, gap to gap approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Lined a ball to center and doubled to right in game action, confident in box with quality at bats, above average bat speed.
Run:8.03 runner in the 60.