Player Evals: Tomberlin Academy Corner INF & Catchers


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

PBR scouts were on hand at Noel Williams Park in Monroe, NC on Thursday September 24th to run a full scout day for the Tomberlin Baseball Academy.  The Tomberlin organization makes their home out of Noel Williams with a beautiful playing surface near an indoor facility, allowing a space for players to develop throughout the year.

At the PBR Scout Day, Tomberlin players went through a full pro-style workout, allowing PBR scouts to collect statistics, notes, evaluation information, and video on each player participating.  The day began with a laser timed 60 yard dash followed by a full offensive workout and a defensive skills workout at each player's primary position.  Pitchers finished the day, throwing a controlled bullpen.  For the offensive evaluations and the bullpens, TrackMan was utilized to collect ball flight data out of the hand and off the bat.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Scout Day.

 

Evaluations: Corner Infielders & Catchers

 

 

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Lane Jordan 3B / 1B / Piedmont, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: 3B.
Body: 5/10, 220 pounds. Large frame, strength present.
Defense:  Active feet, catches the ball left of center, average hands, clean tranfers.
Arm:  INF - 69 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit:  Narrow base, slightly open, hands above back shoulder. Toe tap, short stride, small hand load back. Quick hands, direct barrel path, mostly level through the zone, works through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength with above average bat speed.
Run:8.05 runner in the 60.

Luke Jordan 3B / SS / Piedmont , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 3B.
Body: 5/10, 190 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  Relaxed, catches the ball near center, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm:  INF - 76 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit:  Relaxed, even base, barrel rest on back shoulder. Short stride, hands load back, barrel lifts off back shoulder. Quick hands, short to the ball, flat barrel path through the zone, has barrel feel working through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, has strength off the barrel.
Run:7.46 runner in the 60. 

Garrett Lawrence 3B / OF / Independence , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 3B/OF.
Body: 5/11, 180 pounds. Strong Build
Defense:  OF-Plays through the ball, catches the ball off his left side, relaxed hands, clean exchanges. IF-Feet work around the ball, catches the ball near center, average hands, clean transitions.
Arm: R.  INF - 69 mph. OF - 67 mph. OF-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. IF-Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Wide, even base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Weight loads against back leg, short stride, quiet barrel. Loose hands, flat barrel path, stays through the ball, worked to both gaps during BP.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength off the barrel, better than average bat speed.
Run:7.04 runner in the 60. 

Luke Smihal RHP / 3B / Porter Ridge, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: 3B/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 215 pounds. Large frame, strength present.
Defense:  Feet work to the ball, catches the ball in the center of his body, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 73 mph.  Short arm action, 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Small leg kick, average stride, hands cock back. Short to the ball, barrel stays through the zone, hands have quickness, works though the middle of the field with feel for his barrel.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength off the barrel, better than average bat speed.
Run:7.97 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small side step and turn on the 3B side. Lift to the mid-chest. Stable over the rubber. Works on-line and level, landing in-line and square. Easily repeats the delivery. Solid direction
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing works to a position of strength. High-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T76, 75-76 mph. 2115 rpm. Down in the zone with good feel for the arm side. Strike thrower. Some arm side run when on the arm side
CB: 65-68 mph. 1870 rpm. Short 11/5 tilt with solid arm speed.
CH: 65-67 (KNX) mph.  rpm. Plays hard. Some tumble. Average feel for the zone

George White 3B / SS / Butler , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 3B/SS.
Body: 6/1, 150 pounds. Thin, lanky frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Feet work around the ball, catches the ball near center, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 64 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Slightly open, balanced, barrel over back shoulder. Short stride back to even, quiet barrel. Flat barrel path through the zone, some quickness to his hands, works through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.81 runner in the 60. 

 

 

CATCHERS

Kyle Linker C / 3B / Hickory Ridge, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C.
Body: 5/10, 157 pounds. Young frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.18-2.33 pop times. Feet gain ground to his target, clean exchanges across his chest, hips have looseness, average to above average hands receiving.
Arm: . C - 70 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for the second base bag.
Hit: . Relaxed, balanced, slightly open, hands at back shoulder. Short stride back to even, small hand load. Direct barrel path, mostly level through the zone, some quickness to his hands, uses the whole field.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.73 runner in the 60. 

Joshua Barham C / 1B / Piedmont, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6/3, 200 pounds. Strong build.
Defense: 2.11-2.20 pop times. C-Quick feet, clean exchanges across his chest, receives with bend to his hips, average to above average hands. IF-Active feet, catches the ball near center, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R. C - 72 mph. INF - 67 mph.  C-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. IF-Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands high above back shoulder. Hands load down and back, short stride. Quick hands, barrel is short to the ball, flat through the zone, has barrel feel lining balls gap to gap.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength off the barrel, above average bat speed.
Run:7.72 runner in the 60. 

Jacob Ritchie C / 1B / South Rowan, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6/2, 175 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense: 2.11-2.30 pop times. C-Quick feet, clean transfers across his chest, has bend to his hips receiving, average to above average hands. IF-Active feet, catches the ball in the center of his body, relaxed hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. C - 68 mph. INF - 66 mph.  C-Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot. IF-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, barrel on back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride. Fluid swing, barrel stays through the zone, hands have quickness, has barrel feel working gap to gap.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact during BP, above average bat speed.
Run:7.71 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Quesinberry C / 3B / Hickory Grove Christian, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 5/8, 170 pounds. Average build.
Defense: 2.36-2.47 pop times. Feet gain ground to his target, clean transfers across his chest.
Arm: R. C - 67 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for the second base bag.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands high above back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load back. Mostly short to the ball, some lift to the barrel path, gets extension out front, some quickness to his hands, works through the middle of the field.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:8.74 runner in the 60. 

Ulrick Volk C / RHP / Piedmont , NC / 2025

Positional Profile: C/RHP.
Body: 5/10, 155 pounds. Athletic build, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.18-2.30 pop times. Quick feet, clean transfers across his chest, presents a low target receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 69 mph.  Short arm action, over the top slot, some feel for the second base bag.
Hit: S. RH-Relaxed, even base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Small leg kick against his back hip, average stride, hands load back. LH-Balanced, even base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Leg kick against his back hip, average stride, hands get back. RH-Fluid, quick hands, direct barrel path, stays through the ball, has barrel feel working through the middle and to his pull side. LH-Quick, loose hands, some lift to the barrel path, has barrel feel working through the middle and to his pull side.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:8.67 runner in the 60. 

Brendan Fulcher C / SS / Central Cabarrus , NC / 2024

Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 6/1, 165 pounds. Young, athletic frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense: 2.03-2.19 pop times. Feet gain ground to target, clean tranfers across his chest, presents a low target, receives with average to above average hands.
Arm: R. C - 74 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Relaxed, even base, hands at back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride. Loose and balanced, short to the ball, barrel stays through the ball, hands have quickness, uses the whole field with feel for his barrel.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.3 runner in the 60.