Player Evals: SBA Lake Norman Outfielders & Catchers


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

PBR was on site at Coddle Creek on Wednesday August 14th to run a Scout Day for SBA Lake Norman.  In total, 22 players from the organization took part in the workout.

The position players led off the day with a full pro-style workout.  Players ran a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive evaluation and defensive evaluation.  During live BP, TrackMan was able to gather ball flight information off the bat.  After the pro-style workout, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen, again with TrackMan capturing data on each arm.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistical info from the Scout Day

 

By the Numbers:

  • 22 players took part in the workout
  • 2 players ran under 7.05 with a top 60 time of 6.98
  • 7.67 was the median 60 time from the workout
  • 3 arms posted a positional velocity of 80mph or higher
  • 2 catchers posted pop times under 2.25
  • 7 hitters saw an exit velocity of 80 mph or higher
  • 14 arms threw controlled bullpens
  • 81 was the top fastball on the night
  • 2295rpm was the top spin rate on a fastball for the workout
  • 91.54 mph was the top exit velocity tracked by TrackMan in live BP
  • 327 ft was the top distance in BP



Outfielder & Catcher Evaluations

 

 

OUTFIELDERS

 

Cameron Poppen OF / RHP / Pine Lake Preparatory, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 160 pounds. Lanky frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, uses a two hand catch off his left foot, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  OF - 68 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly open, barrel over back shoulder. Loads knee to knee, average stride, hands go slightly back. Short to the ball, level barrel through the zone at times, lined balls through the middle and to the opposite field.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.87 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Strike thrower working to repeat his delivery. Average kick with some pelvic tilt and uphill leverage out of balance. Lands on-line, finishing balanced
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. Ball turns early as the arm works to release. Average arm speed
FB: T71, 67-71 mph. 1788 rpm. Strike thrower. Elevated. Worked to both sides of the plate.
CB: 59-61 mph. 1648 rpm. Short 10/4 tilt. Hump out of the hand, rolling through the zone. Threw for a strike.
CH: 59-63 mph. 1397 rpm. Some sink. Around the zone. Good arm speed creates some deception

 

 

Carson Cherry OF / RHP / Lake Norman, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 5/7, 130 pounds. Young frame, quickness present, room for maturation ahead.
Defense:  Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 75 mph. Accurate, medium arm stroke, quickness through a high 3/4 release.
Hit: R. Even base, more weight on the back leg, hands just above back shoulder. Loads knee to knee, average stride, barrel goes to a more vertical position. Loose hands, short path to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, some quickness to the hands, has feel for his barrel lining balls gap to gap.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.01 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Stable over the rubber with a kick to the belt. Works level and on-line, landing in-line and slightly closed with the foot-strike. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Easy arm swing. Medium length. Works to a position of strenght and a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed
FB: T71, 70-71 mph. 1574 rpm. Run out of the hand. Showed feel for down zone. 1:30 spin tilt out of the hand
SL: 64-66 mph. 1565 rpm. Lacks action at times. Threw for a strike, working down in the zone.
CH: 65-67 mph. 1469 rpm. Average arm speed. Some early run with 2:00 spin tilt at release

 

 

Jake Minarik OF / RHP / William A. Hough, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 5/10, 140 pounds. Thin, athletic frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Quick and athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball off his left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 79 mph. Quick arm, accurate, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Relaxed, even base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load back. Direct barrel path, level through the zone, some quickness to his hands, some feel for his barrel working through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.62 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Holden Phillips OF / RHP / Hough, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 5/11, 153 pounds. Lanky frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, catches the ball off his left foot, relaxed hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 67 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot, some accuracy.
Hit: L. Slightly open base, more weight over the back leg, hands high above back shoulder. Loads knee to knee, average stride, small hand load. Short to the ball, some lift to the barrel path, high finish, lined balls to his pull side.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:8.5 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Straight on setup without a rocker, working right to his turn, building rhythm. Kick to the belt hooking his foot around his back knee. Settled, works level and on-line. Balanced finish.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Some effort. Exaggerated over-the-top slot. Fights for down hill leverage through release
FB: T73, 70-73 mph. 1899 rpm. 12:30 spin at release. Plays true
CB: 62-64 mph. 2145 rpm. Big 11/5 tilt. Early with a hump out of the hand. Around the zone.
CH: 70-71 mph. 1846 rpm. Average arm speed. Around the zone

 

 

Tanner Mullins OF / SS / Community School of Davidson, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: OF/SS.
Body: 6/1, 150 pounds. Lanky frame, room for maturation ahead.
Defense:  Athletic through the ball, soft hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  OF - 75 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Narrow, open base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Small leg kick, average stride, hands load back. Quick, loose hands, some lift to the barrel path, gets extension out front, lined balls to his pull side.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:6.98 runner in the 60. 

 

 

 

CATCHERS

 

Noah DiMenna C / 1B / Pine Lake Prep, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6/1, 165 pounds. Athletic frame, room for maturation ahead.
Defense: 2.28-2.58 pop times. C-Feet gain ground to target, clean transfers across his chest, has bend to his hips receiving, average hands. IF-Active feet, average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. C - 68 mph. INF - 64 mph.  C-Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for the second base bag. IF-Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Weight and hands load back, short stride. Direct barrel path, stays through the ball with extension out front, some quickness to his hands, has barrel feel working gap to gap with a line drive approach.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.61 runner in the 60.

 

 

Connor Furstenberg C / 3B / Christ The King, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/2B.
Body: 5/9, 150 pounds. Athletic frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.19-2.33 pop times. IF-Athletic, catches the ball left of center, relaxed hands, clean transfers. C-Quick feet, clean exchanges across his chest, one knee setup receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph. INF - 78 mph.  IF-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. C-Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly open base, hands at back shoulder. Weight and hands load slightly back, toe tap, short stride. Direct barrel path, flat through the zone, some quickness to the hands, has barrel feel working through the middle of the field.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, number should improve with added strength.
Run:7.51 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Cruise Ungaro C / SS / Cox Mill, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 5/7, 130 pounds. Athletic build, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.23-2.36 pop times. IF-Athletic, quick feet, soft hands, clean tranfers. C-Quick feet, gains ground to target, clean exchanges across his chest, one knee setup receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 71 mph. INF - 74 mph.  IF-Accurate, loose arm swing, high 3/4 slot. C-Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for the second base bag.
Hit: S. Open base, sits in his legs, hands at back shoulder. Weight and hands load back, short stride back to even. Loose, quick hands, some lift to the barrel path, stays through the ball, lined balls gap to gap.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Some strength off the barrel, better than average bat speed.
Run:7.61 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small side step and turn. Lifts to the belt, turning the front hip in and closing the line. Swings back to a foot-strike that is closed to his line. Square toes at landing. Solid direction and balance through the finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing, slightly behind the body line. Loose, fights to get back on time with the landing. High-3/4 slot. Average arm speed. Some whip in the arm
FB: T76, 72-76 mph. 2066 rpm. Threw for a strike. Elevated at times. Plays true with a 12:30 spin tilt
CB: 60-68 mph. 2048 rpm. Sweeping 10/4 action out of the hand. Around the zone.
CH: 67-69 mph. 1325 rpm. Some fade with run and a 1:30 spin at release. Around the zone.

 

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