Player Evals: Tomberlin Academy Pitchers


Brandon Hall
Executive 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: Pitchers

 

 

Jackson Papiernik LHP / 1B / Porter Ridge, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/1B.
Body: 5/11, 160 pounds. Average frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Active feet, has hip bend, catches the ball in the center of his body, average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: L.  INF - 61 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands in front of back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load back. Short to the ball, level barrel path through the zone, some feel for his barrel, middle of the field approach.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.81 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Small rocker and turn. Easy lift to the belt. Level and in-line. Average stride, landing on-line with a slightly open foot strike.
Arm Action: L. Long arm action works to a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed
FB: T67, 65-67 mph. 1732 rpm. Early arm side movement out of the hand. Down zone with feel for the strike zone
CB: 55-56 mph. 1813 rpm. Early sweeping action across the zone. Elevated at times.
CH: 61-64 mph. 1649 rpm. Lower slot with average arm speed. Some run to the arm side

Brady Johnson LHP / 1B / Hickory Grove Christian, NC / 2024

Positional Profile: LHP/1B. Good athlete with an athletic arm. Blocked in the lower half with a chance to clean and see his stuff jump.
Body: 6/1, 160 pounds. Broad shoulders. Athletic.
Delivery: 1B side with a small rocker and easy turn. Lift to the belt. Controlled rhythm to balance, building speed through foot-strike. Level, works on-line, landing in-line and square. Back side blocked a bit with front side clearing early. Finishes with athletic
Arm Action: L. Long arm arc to a high-3/4 slot. Quick arm. Good direction
FB: T74, 69-74 mph. 1634 rpm. Worked downhill to the down zone. 10:30 spin tilt out of the hand with 15 inches of horizontal run. Early run out of the hand
CB: 63-67 mph. 1642 rpm. Hard, 2/8 tilt. Short with late action when on time. Occasionally rolls out of the hand. Landed to arm side throughout pen.
CH: 65-66 mph. 1408 rpm. Good arm speed with above average feel. 10:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Solid fade.

Matthew Wiedbrauk LHP / OF / Porter Ridge , NC / 2021

Positional Profile: LHP/OF.
Body: 5/9, 115 pounds. Average build. Thin
Delivery: Small rocker and turn in the middle of the rubber. Controlled rhythm. LIft to the mid-chest. Level, works in-line and lands with a square foot-strike. Slight fall to the 3B side
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Athletic arc. High-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed
FB: T71, 65-71 mph. 1850 rpm. Worked down zone with solid feel for the arm side. Has run out of the hand with some sink
SL: 59-62 mph.  1485rpm. Throws for a strike with side to side action. Some length.
CH: 61-64 mph. 2063 rpm. Good arm speed and feel. 10:00 spin tilt out of the hand, matching the fastball. Has fade

Fabian Walker LHP / OF / Piedmont , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/OF.
Body: 5/11, 155 pounds. Thin, athletic frame, quickness present.
Defense:  Athletic through the ball, catches the ball in front of his rigth foot, soft hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: L.  INF -  mph. OF - 75 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: S. RH-Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, hands load back. LH-Even base, balanced, hands just below back shoulder, vertical barrel. Short stride, hands load back. RH-Direct barrel path, mostly level through the zone, balanced, uses the whole field. LH-Quick hands, short to the ball, flat barrel path, works middle and to his pull side.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed, has feel for his barrel.
Run:7.01 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Slight side saddle with a small rocker and turn. Stable over the rubber lifting to the mid-chest. Level, build rhythm through the kick and foot-strike. Works on-line, landing in-line and square. Athletic finish
Arm Action: L. Medium arm stroke working to load the scapular. Slight hook out of the glove. High-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed
FB: T71, 69-71 mph. 1685 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand with 11:15 spin tilt. Around the zone consistently
CB: 55-58 mph. 1758 rpm. Tight spin. Early action. Heavy sweeping movement.
CH: 64-665 mph. 1603 rpm. 11:15 spin tilt matches fastball. Good feel for arm side. Average arm speed

Tyler Adamski RHP / 1B / Porter Ridge , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 5/9, 172 pounds. Average frame, strength present.
Defense:  Active feet, catches the ball in the center of his body, average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  INF - 64 mph.  Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Balanced, slightly closed base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Short stride, small hand load. Direct barrel path, mostly level through the zone, hands have quickness, gap to gap approach with feel for his barrel.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.86 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 3B side. Easy rocker and turn. Coils the front hip on the leg lift to the low-chest. Closed at balance, swing back to an on-line landing. Uphill leverage through the shoulders. Slight fall to the 1B side on finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing. Fights to be back on time with an over-the-top slot. Average arm speed. Creates down angle when on time
FB: T68, 67-68 mph. 1782 rpm. Solid ride with early run out of the hand. Sprayed the zone at times
CB: 60-62 mph. 1572 rpm. Late 11/5 tilt. Solid arm speed.
CH: 61-63 mph. 1098 rpm. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Run out of the hand

Zack Francis RHP / 1B / Independence, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 6/2, 200 pounds. Athletic build.
Delivery: Big rocker and sway to the 1B side of the rubber. Turn and lift to the mid-chest, loading the front hip. Level and in-line, lands slightly across his line with a closed foot-strike. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing. Works with quickness to a high-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed
FB: T76, 71-76 mph. 1905 rpm. 11:00 spin tilt with occasional cut to the glove side. Around the zone, elevated at times
CB: 62-65 mph. 1858 rpm. Tight, short action. Top to bottom tilt. Showed feel.
CH: 65-68 mph. 1528 rpm. Average arm speed. Run out of the hand

Tyler Spicer RHP / 2B / Independence, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/2B.
Body: 5/6, 132 pounds. Thin frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Feet work to the ball, catches the ball in the center of his body, average hands, clean transitions.
Arm: R.  INF - 71 mph.  Short arm action, over the top slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands above back shoulder. Toe tap, short stride, quiet barrel. Level barrel path, gets extension out front, some quickness to his hands, uses the whole field.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.31 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Forward step and turn, working from the 3B side of the rubber. Kick to the belt. Working to find rhythm in the delivery. Level, uses a high front side for some deception, out of the hand break. Lands on-line and square
Arm Action: R. Short arm action, working to try to load the scapular. High-3/4 slot.
FB: T75, 73-75 mph. 1737 rpm. Strike thrower with feel for the down zone. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand
CB: 62-65 mph. 1692 rpm. Short, 10/4 tilt. Consistent action. Has feel for the zone.
CH: 73-74 mph. 1788 rpm. Hard out of the hand. Some arm side run with 1:30 spin tilt.

Blake Efird RHP / 3B / Porter Ridge, NC / 2021

Queens University commit
Positional Profile: RHP/3B. Athletic frame that will carry more strength. Intent and frame suggest room to his ceiling
Body: 6/4, 170 pounds. Lean, athletic build
Delivery: 1B side setup. Slightly side saddle. Short rocker and easy turn, lifting to the high-chest. Loose hips. Uphill leverage with a high front side out of the hand separation. Back side is active early. Lands across his line, falling toward 1B. Works with intent
Arm Action: R. Long arm action. Hand plunges out of the glove working with some effort to an over-the-top slot. Good arm speed. Athletic arm with arm strength present as well
FB: T85, 81-85 mph. 1797 rpm. Strike thrower with feel for the bottom of the zone. Solid ride with 12:30 spin tilt out of the hand
CB: 67-69 mph. 1977 rpm. Slight hump out of the hand. Rolling 10/4 tilt with feel for the glove side.
SL: 69-71 mph. 2016 rpm. Sweeping action with some length out of the hand. Good arm speed. Early at times.
CH: 72-76 mph. 815 rpm. Solid arm speed and deception with fade

Nathanael Volk RHP / SS / Piedmont , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/SS.
Body: 6/2, 190 pounds. Thin frame, room to add strength.
Defense:  Athletic, feet work around the ball, above average hands, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 74 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Open base, has knee bend, hands at back shoulder. Short stride back to even, quiet hands. Short to the ball, some lift to the barrel path, some quickness to his hands, works through the middle of the field.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should increase with added strength.
Run:8.26 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 1B side. Small rocker and hand pump over the head. Easy turn and lift to the mid-chest. Slightly turned and coiled at balance. Stays closed through the foot-strike. Backside fights to get through the line, creating some leverage. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Medium arm swing. Slight pause at the bottom of the arc. Over-the-top slot. Good arm speed.
FB: T77, 74-77 mph. 1731 rpm. Arm side feel with 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Some arm side run, when working to the arm side
CB: 65-68 mph. 1650 rpm. 10/4 tilt. Small action. Late at times.
SL: 67-70 (cutter) mph. 1669 (cutter) rpm. Short action. Solid arm speed. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand.

Bryson Wright RHP / SS / Mount Pleasant, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/SS.
Body: 5/11, 150 pounds. Thin frame. Still maturing
Delivery: 3B side. Side step and easy turn. Head stabilizes over the rubber on the leg lift. Lift to the high-chest, gathering over the back side. Athletic with rhythm building throughout. Level, works on-line, landing slightly across his line with a square foot-st
Arm Action: R. Loose, easy arm swing works to a high-3/4 slot. Good leverage. Above average arm speed
FB: T80, 77-80 mph. 2049 rpm. Solid ride with arm side run. 1:15 spin tilt. Strike thrower with feel for the arm side
CB: 68-70 mph. 1836 rpm. Slightly lower arm slot with solid arm speed. 10/4 tilt.
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CH: 72-73 mph. 1245 rpm. Good arm speed. Run out of the hand. Chokes at times, limiting zone feel