Player Evals: Western Prospect ID


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director & NC Director of Scouting

PBR was at West Iredell HS on Saturday November 7th for an open prospect identification.  At the same time, a PBR Scout Day was run as well.  During the event, position players ran through a full pro-style workout including a laser timed 60.  During the offensive portion of the event, Blast Motion and TrackMan were used to track pre-contact swing metrics and post-contact ball flight.  At the conclusion of the pro-style workout, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen with TrackMan again, following ball flight out of the hand.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and the complete metrics from the workout.

 

By the Numbers

  • 7 players ran through the positional workout
  • 7.16 was the top sixty time
  • 7.46 was the median sixty time
  • 87 mph was the top exit velocity off of a tee
  • 83 mph was the median exit velocity off the tee
  • 2.04 was the top pop time from catchers in the workout
  • 8 pitchers threw bullpens
  • 86 mph was the top fastball

 

Player Evaluations

   

 

 

 

Luke Davis RHP / 3B / South Iredell , NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 6/1, 165 pounds. Strong build.
Defense.  Active feet, catches the ball near center, relaxed hands, funnels to the midsection, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 81 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, uses different arm angles.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder. Loads knee to knee, short stride, quiet hands. Short to the ball, mostly level barrel path, hands have quickness, gets extension out front, middle of the field approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Some strength off the barrel, average to above average bat speed.
Run:7.53 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: 1B side. Simple lift to the high chest with a slight pelvic tilt out of balance. Works level and on-line. Lands in-line with a slightly closed foot-strike. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing, with a slight bottoming out. Works back to a position of strength and high-3/4 slot. Slightly rotational through release. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T83, 79-83 mph. 2071 rpm. Solid ride out of the hand. 12:15 spin axis. More feel to the arm side. Elevated.
CB: 66-72 mph. 1992 rpm. Slows the arm some. 11/5 tilt when on time. Short length. Misses to the arm side.
SL: 73-77 mph. 2117 rpm. Short side to side action. Thrown with intent and arm speed. When on top flashed some depth.

 

 

Harris Dowdy OF / Lake Norman, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: OF.
Body: 5/10, 170 pounds. Strong build.
Defense.  Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  OF - 74 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Tall, open, narrow base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Fluid load, average stride back to even, hands get back. Balanced, barrel stays through the zone, gets extension out front, quickness to his hands, uses the whole field.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed, some strength off the barrel.
Run:7.25 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Landon Johnson RHP / West Stokes, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP. Large frame and athletic. Two-sport athlete that may have a lot of room to his ceiling.
Body: 6/7, 200 pounds. Large frame with broad shoulders.  Muscular lower half
Delivery: 1B side. Small rocker and methodical turn. Lifts to the mid-chest while loading the front hip slightly. Stable over the rubber. Level, lands slighlty across his line with an open foot-strike. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Athletic arm. Long, loose arm swing to a high-3/4 slot. Has arm strength. Above average arm speed. Solid direction and easy to add some projection to current status
FB: T81, 78-81 mph. 1510 rpm. Sink metrics with 1:15 spin out of the hand. Around the zone with feel for glove side
CB:  mph.  rpm.
SL: 73-75 mph. 1539 rpm. Hard, late side to side action. Developing consistent length. Sprayed at times.
CH: 73-75 mph. 1240 rpm. Similar metrics to fastball, tunneling before running late at times. Raw feel

 

 

Tyler Kytta OF / RHP / TC Roberson, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP. Large frame and athletic. Two-sport athlete that may have a lot of room to his ceiling.
Body: 6/7, 200 pounds. Large frame with broad shoulders.  Muscular lower half
Delivery: 1B side. Small rocker and methodical turn. Lifts to the mid-chest while loading the front hip slightly. Stable over the rubber. Level, lands slightly across his line with an open foot-strike. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Athletic arm. Long, loose arm swing to a high-3/4 slot. Has arm strength. Above average arm speed. Solid direction and easy to add some projection to current status
FB: T81, 78-81 mph. 1510 rpm. Sink metrics with 1:15 spin out of the hand. Around the zone with feel for glove side
CB:  mph.  rpm.
SL: 73-75 mph. 1539 rpm. Hard, late side to side action. Developing consistent length. Sprayed at times.
CH: 73-75 mph. 1240 rpm. Similar metrics to fastball, tunneling before running late at times. Raw feel

 

 

Joseph Ruller LHP / OF / Charlotte Catholic, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/OF. Lanky frame and loose body. Unconventional delivery but flooded the zone with a clean arm stroke.
Body: 6/1, 168 pounds. Average build.  Room to add strength
Delivery: Side step and slide. Pivot foot anchored toward 2B position. Coiled hips and closed line, lifts to the low chest. Uncoils, staying level, landing on-line and square. Balanced finish
Arm Action: L. Medium arm swing, clean to a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T80, 76-80 mph. 2011 rpm. Average ride through the zone with 11:30 spin axis. Elevated at times
CB: 69-71 mph. 1924 rpm. Short tilt. Inconsistent spin that will get better with maturity. Average arm speed. Sprayed at times.
SL: Cutter - 75-76 mph. Cutter - 1517 rpm.
CH: 76-77 mph. 1572 rpm. Firm at times. Showed fade. Still developing.

 

 

James Salicco RHP / 1B / Cuthbertson, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/1B. Lanky athlete with an advanced slider. Arm stroke can be cleaned and strength will add to his arm speed.
Body: 6/3, 165 pounds. Thin, athletic frame.  Will handle additions of strength
Delivery: Side step and slide to the 1B side. Closed as he lifts to the mid-chest. Continues to coil through the hand break, uncoiling with a small pelvic tilt. Level, lands on-line and square. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Loose arm. Medium arm swing. Slight body wrap, working to load the scapular. Laid off at times on the fastball. Seems to be on time for the slider. High-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 2117 rpm. Around the zone. Whippy arm creates carry out of the hand. Some arm side run
CB: 68-69 mph. 2397 rpm. Good arm speed, showing feel for the zone. Late action across the plate. Occasional length. Chance to develop into a swing and miss pitch.
SL: 70-74 mph. 2406 rpm.
CH: CH - 75-76 SPL - 77-79 mph. CH - 1820 SPL - 1585 rpm. Good arm speed. Some deception. Seems to choke it, lacking feel he has for FB or SL.

 

 

Mark Salicco C / 3B / Cuthbertson, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 155 pounds. Athletic frame, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.04-2.19 pop times. Hips have looseness, quick feet, clean transfers across his chest.
Arm: R. C - 73 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Even, athletic base, barrel flat over back shoulder. Small leg kick against back hip, short stride, hands load back. Direct barrel path, level through the zone, hands have quickness, works middle and to his pull side with a line drive approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run:8.1 runner in the 60.

 

 

Timothy Salicco RHP / OF / Cuthbertson, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 6/1, 158 pounds. Thin frame.  Still maturing.
Delivery: Middle of the rubber with a side step and slide to the 1B side. Lifts to the mid-chest. Loose hips. Some head movement through balance. Gathers, breaking some rhythm. Uphill leverage through the shoulders. Lands on-line and square. Balanced finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing working to a position of strength and high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T71, 68-71 mph. 1714 rpm. Sink metrics with some arm side run. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Better feel for the arm side.
SL: 66-70 mph. 1870 rpm. Short action, spinning through the zone when elevated. Average arm speed.
CH: 67-68 mph. 1446 rpm. Similar metrics to the fastball with 1:00 spin tilt. Showed feel for arm side

 

 

Jeb Shuler RHP / C / Robbinsville, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/C.
Body: 6/4, 185 pounds. Long, lanky frame, room to add more strength.
Defense: 2.14-2.48 pop times. C-Quick feet, gets feet in line to target, clean transfers across his midsection. OF-Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R. C - 74 mph OF - 85 mph. C-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. OF-Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Even base, sits into his back leg, flat barrel at back shoulder. Hands load back, short stride. Balanced, quick hands, level barrel path through the zone, gets extension out front, line drive approach working gap to gap.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run:7.26 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Alex Steckler RHP / OF / Olympic, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/OF.
Body: 5/11, 168 pounds. Strong build.
Defense.  Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches the ball in front of his left foot, clean exchanges.
Arm: R.  OF - 86 mph. Accurate, long arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Upright, narrow base, hands at back shoulder. Short stride, hands load back. Quick hands, barrel stays through the ball, has feel for his barrel working gap to gap.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Made hard contact in BP, above average bat speed.
Run:7.16 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Setup side saddled on the 1B side. Large rocker and easy pivot. Lifts to the belt. Slightly closed at balance, works level, landing slightly closed with a closed foot-strike. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing, plunging out of the glove. exaggerated over-the-top slot. Head clears to the 1B side to create room for the slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T86, 83-86 mph. 2310 rpm. Good ride through the zone. 12:00 spin axis at release. Occasionally cut when going glove side. Showed feel for glove side.
CB: 71-73 mph. 2355 rpm. Hard, late, 10/4 tilt with depth. Good arm speed. Thrown with conviction. Solid feel. Chance to miss bats.
CH: 80-81 mph. 1914 rpm. Firm, thrown with good arm speed. Showed feel for the zone. Some run out of the hand.

 

 

 

Luis Rivera SS / 2B / Paramus Catholic, NJ / 2022

Positional Profile: SS/2B.
Body: 5/9, 155 pounds. Thin frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense.  Athletic, soft hands, catches the ball near center, funnels to the midsection, clean transitions.
Arm: R.  INF - 82 mph.  Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: R. Upright, narrow even base, bat on back shoulder. Short stride, hands load slightly down and back. Uphill barrel path, two hand finish, hands have quickness, works middle and to his pull side.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run:7.46 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Side step and slide to the 1B side, pausing before lifting to the belt. Works to stabilize at balance. Builds rhythm out of balance. Level, works on-line, landing square. Athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Aggressive. Medium arm swing. Athletic arm. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T85, 82-85 mph. 1900 rpm. Some sink and arm side run. Thrown with conviction and intent. Showed feel for glove side. 1:30 axis out of the hand
CB: 67-70 mph. 2029 rpm. Consistent spin and arm speed. Short 10/4 tilt. Occasional length when he stayed through his line.
CH: 74-78 mph. 1516 rpm. Straight. Thrown for a strike. Good arm speed. Has deception