Player Evals: Diamond Deacons OF & C


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

PBR was in Kernersville, NC on Saturday September 5th for the PBR Scout Day of the Diamond Deacons.  The Diamond Deacons program features players in the 2023 and 2024 classes, all living in the Triad Area of NC. 

The PBR Scout Day consisted of a full pro-style workout for the position players.  Position players ran a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive workout and a defensive workout.  Pitchers faced live hitters in a controlled setting, showcasing their complete arsenal in a 15-20 pitch outing.

Below we take a look at some of the offensive Trackman numbers. 

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistics from the PBR Scout Day

By The Numbers:

  • 30 players went through the workout
  • 29 players ran the laser timed 60 with a median run time of 7.55
  • 5 players registered exit velocities of 85 mph or higher off the tee
  • 22 pitchers threw
  • 3 arms worked at 84 mph or higher
  • 9 pitchers touched 80 mph or better
  • 9 position players carried 80 mph or better from their position
  • 1.93 was the top pop time in the defensive workouts

 

 

 DIAMOND DEACONS outfielders & catchers

 

CATCHERS

Elias Coll C / OF / Grimsley, NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 6/1, 195 pounds. Large frame, strength present.
Defense: 2.05 - 2.22 pop times. Feet gain ground to target, quick clean exchanges across his chest.
Arm: R. C - 72 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly open base, hands at back shoulder. Average stride back to even, body lunges forward, small hand load. Some quickness to his hands, stays inside the ball, some lift to the barrel path, middle of the field approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength, average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.85 runner in the 60. 

Noah Quarless C / OF / Reagan, NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: C/OF.
Body: 6/1, 170 pounds. Athletic build, room to add strength.
Defense: 1.93 - 1.94 pop times. Athletic, quick, fluid feet, smooth transfers across his midsection.
Arm: R. C - 77 mph.  Extremely accurate, quick arm, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Tall, narrow base, hands just above back shoulder. Toe tap, sits into back leg, average stride, small hand load. Loose hands with quickness, some lift to the barrel path, stays through the zone, gap to gap approach, lots of balls off the barrel.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has some strength, above average bat speed.
Run:7.39 runner in the 60. 

Matthew Rice C / SS / Calvary Day, NC / 2024

 

Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 5/9, 130 pounds. Young frame, room for maturation ahead.
Defense: 2.16 - 2.29 pop times. C-Fluid feet, gains ground to target, clean transfers across his midsection. IF-Fluid feet, hands have softness, clean exchanges, gets the ball out quick to first base.
Arm: R. C - 67 mph. INF - 71 mph.  C-Accurate, short arm action, 3/4 slot. IF-Accurate, short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Weight and hands load slightly back, no stride. Balanced, loose, rotates through the ball, short to ball, flat barrel path through the zone, middle of the field approach, above average barrel feel.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:8.15 runner in the 60. 

 

OUTFIELDERS

Bret Clements OF / 2B / East Forsyth , NC / 2023


Positional Profile: OF/2B.
Body: 5/11, 145 pounds. Thin frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Fluid through the ball, catches the ball off his left foot, soft hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 81 mph. Arm has quickness through a high 3/4 slot, accurate with carry.
Hit: R. Balanced, hands near back shoulder, more vertical barrel. Short stride, quick hand load working down and back. Quick hands, barrel is short to the ball, stays through the zone, lined balls gap to gap.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed, some strength off the barrel.
Run:7.49 runner in the 60.

Caleb Hammond OF / 3B / Westchester Country Day, NC / 2023


Positional Profile: OF/3B.
Body: 5/9, 155 pounds. Athletic build, quickness present.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 81 mph. Accurate with some carry, medium arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load. Relaxed, quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, line drive approach with barrel feel using the whole field.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, can drive the ball.
Run:7.11 runner in the 60.

Keegan Howell OF / C / Southwest Guilford , NC / 2023


Positional Profile: OF/C.
Body: 5/9, 125 pounds. Thin, athletic frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.25 - 2.47 pop times. C-Feet gain ground to target, clean transfers across midsection. OF-Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his left foot, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph.  OF - 75 mph. C-Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for the second base bag. OF-Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: R. Upright, slightly open base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Short stride back to even, hands load back. Balanced, quick hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, line drive approach working gap to gap.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.55 runner in the 60.

Aundray Russell II OF / LHP / Atkins , NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/10, 150 pounds. Thin frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his right foot, clean transitions.
Arm: L.  OF - 71 mph. Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: S. Slightly open base, hands at back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride back to even. Loose hands, barrel is short to the ball, uphill through the zone, works middle and to his pull side, some feel for the barrel.
Power: 72 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should increase with added strength.
Run:7.38 runner in the 60. 

Jake Smith OF / LHP / West Stokes, NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/9, 157 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his right foot, clean transfers.
Arm: L.  OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot, accurate.
Hit: L. Athletic, even base, hands at back shoulder. Knee to knee load, short stride, hands get back. Quick hands, direct to ball, some lift to the barrel path, uses the whole field, has feel for his barrel.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.66 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 3B side with a side step and turn. Lifts to the mid-chest. Slight pelvic tilt out of balance, but works back to solid direction, landing on-line with a slightly close foot-strike. Some uphill leverage in the shoulders.
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing with some looseness present. Fights for consistent head stability and release point. High-3/4 slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T76, 75-76 mph. 1665 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand with 21.8 inches of vertical break. 11:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Showed feel for both sides of the plate
CB: 65-67 mph. 1706 rpm. Big tilt. Early 2/8 shape. Solid arm speed. Around the zone. Elevated at times.
CH: 65 mph. 1327 rpm.

Isaac Lambert OF / LHP / East Forsyth, NC / 2024

 

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/11, 170 pounds. Athletic build, strength present.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his right foot, clean exchanges.
Arm: L.  OF - 73 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: L. Slightly open, narrow base, hands just above back shoulder. Hands load back, average stride. Mostly flat barrel path through the zone, some quickness to his hands, gets extension, works mostly to his pull side.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed, some strength off the barrel.
Run:7.48 runner in the 60. 

Charlie Stogner OF / LHP / Reagan, NC / 2024

 

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 6/1, 173 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his right side, clean exchanges.
Arm: L.  OF - 78 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Weight and hands load back, short stride. Strong hands, short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, gap to gap approach, above average feel for the barrel.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.45 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Easy side step and turn. Lifts to the high-chest. Hands work up from the belt to the chin with the leg kick before separating over the knee. Slight uphill leverage in the shoulders. Fights to build rhythm out of balance, landing on-line and square
Arm Action: L. Reaches out of the glove. Long action to an over-the-top slot. Restricted a bit through release
FB: T72, 69-72 mph. 1740 rpm. Average movement metrics with 10:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Arm side feel
CB: 58-59 mph. 2172 rpm. Consistent 2/8 tilt. Big, has early action with a slight hump out of the hand.
CH: 66 mph. 1653 rpm.

Bryson Bennett OF / RHP / North Stokes , NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 165 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, catches the ball off his left side, relaxed hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 81 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some carry and accuracy.
Hit: L. Balanced, athletic base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Loads against back leg, short stride, hands get set to attack. Loose hands with quickness, barrel is short to the ball and stays through the zone, extension through the middle of the field, lined balls gap to gap.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, ball comes hard off the barrel.
Run:7.71 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Side step and slide to the 1B side. Lifts to the mid-chest, coiling the front hip. Uncoils the front side working to an open and square foot-strike. Level throughout. Tends to fall toward 1B on the finish.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. High-3/4 slot. Whippy arm with average to above arm speed
FB: T81, 78-81 mph. 1960 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand with 13.7 inches of horizontal break. Early run out of the hand. Better feel for arm side
CB: 63-64 mph. 1994 rpm. Inconsistent break. Wants to sweep. Short action. At times rolls out of the hand, staying arm side.
SL:  mph.  rpm.
CH: 65-67 (SPL) mph.