Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All State I Player Evals: Pitcher Only's

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

On Sunday March 14th PBR NC hosted its first of two Preseason All State events at Noel Williams Park in Monroe, NC.  The Preseason All State Showcase is the top winter event in the state. With the public high school season being pushed back due to Covid the event was able to move outdoors with it being held later in the year then normal. 60 of the top players from across the state participated in the event. 

Pitchers started the day throwing a controlled bullpen of 15-20 pitches with cameras rolling and Trackman gathering ball flight data. After bullpens position players ran a laser timed 60, followed by a defensive evaluation and offensive evaluation.  During live BP, TrackMan was able to gather ball flight information off the bat.  

Throughout the workout, PBR scouts were taking metrics on players while evaluating their complete skill set.  Today we take a look at each category as well as the leaders in those categories.  As we continue to dive into all of the information gathered, players will receive a full evaluation and the PBR staff will put together top prospect lists from the event.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the day

Player Evals

Pitcher Only's


Hampton Gilchrist RHP / OF / Hough, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 220-pounds. Strength present with a strong, defined lower half.
Delivery: Small side step and quick turn, lifting to the belt, before coiling the front hip as he works down the mound.  Slight uphill leverage through the shoulders out of balance.  Lands on-line and square.  Balanced, athletic finish
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing as the head clears for the slot.  Over-the-top with above average arm speed. 
FB: T87, 84-87 mph. 12:30 spin at release.  Occasionally cuts.  Sink metrics with soft contact feasible.  Better feel for the glove side.
CB: 69-70 mph. Average arm speed, working to create 12/6 tilt.  Hump out of the hand and some early action.  Around the zone. 
SL:  mph.
CH: 77-79 mph. Choked at times.  Solid arm speed throughout.  Lacked feel of the fastball





Brennan Hord RHP / OF / Oak Grove, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-2, 160-pounds. Length in the frame with some strength present
Delivery: 1B side setup.  Small rocker and turn.  Lifts to the mid-chest.  Uphill leverage through the shoulders out of balance.  Closes his line at balance, working down the hill to a closed foot-strike that his across his line.  Short strider, fights to get over the front side, utilizing some leverage.  Balanced finish.
Arm Action: R. Long arm arc, with the ball plunging to the back hip out of the glove.  Front side rotation opens up the arm path to an exaggerated over-the-top slot.  Average arm speed.
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. Occasional down hill.  Arm side action out of the hand.  Average ride.  Good feel for the zone, working to both sides
CB: 68-69 mph. In the zone with sharp 10/4 tilt.  Has depth
SL:  mph.
CH: 76-77 mph. Slight run with average to above arm speed.  Showed some feel




Mason Murdock RHP / 1B / Northwest Cabarrus, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-4, 200-pounds. Large frame.  Broad shoulders.  Strong lower half.  Still maturing and growing into his frame.
Delivery: Side saddle setup with a preset pivot.  Small rocker with the hands pumping over the head and settling back around the mid-chest.  Some pelvic tilt.  Uphill leverage through the shoulders.  Average stride, landing on-line and square.  Finishes with athleticism and balance.
Arm Action: R. Long, athletic arm swing works to an over-the-top slot.  Quick arm.  Good direction.  Consistently around the zone.  Arm speed and arm strength, with his size and athleticism create an intriguing prospect.
FB: T89, 86-89 mph. Excellent ride out of the hand with 20in of induced vertical break.  Good feel for the glove side and elevated on command with some ease.  12:30 spin at release.
CB: 72-75 mph. Top to bottom tilt, locating to the glove side with some efficiency.  Hard, thrown with good arm speed, should create some swing and miss opportuniites when located under the zone
SL mph.
CH: 81-82 mph. 1:45 spin tilt.  Solid arm speed.  Good feel for the zone.  Early run with some length.




Mason Smith RHP / SS / Lincoln Charter, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic frame with broad shoulders and a strong lower half

Delivery: Small side step.  Lift to the low-chest, coiling the front hip.  Slightly uphill in the shoulders.  Creates a good line out of balance, landing on-line and square.  Aggressive backside.  Lower half translates to arm speed.  Good direction with an athletic finish

Arm Action: R. Long arm swing works to an athletic over-the-top slot.  Advanced arm speed that is working toward being elite.  Aggressive and working to let each pitch go with great arm speed.
FB: T91, 89-91 mph. 1:00 spin tilt at release with solid ride.  Showed some feel for the down zone and arm side. 
CB mph.
SL: 77-79 mph. Tight, latel, 10/4 tilt.  Flooded down zone with feel for glove side.  Good arm speed.  Should create some swing and miss, especially as he works through the zone to off.
CH: 81-82 mph. 2:30 spin at release with run and fade.  Good arm speed.  Has deception.  Around the zone




Owen Smith RHP / 1B / Northwest Guilford, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-1, 210-pounds. Athletic frame that should continue to mature
Delivery: Side step and slide to the 1B side.  Lift to the high-chest.  Loose hips.  Athletic throughout the delivery.  Methodical build of pace through the delivery.  Slight uphill tilt in the shoulders.  Lands on-line with a closed foot-strike.  Balanced through the finish
Arm Action: R. Long, loose arm swing to an over-the-top slot.  Average to above arm speed
FB: T82, 79-82 mph. 12:45 spin tilt.  Average movement metrics.  Pulled to the glove side at times.
CB: 62-64 mph. Slight hump out of the hand with consistent 11/5 tilt through the zone.  Arm side misses.  Lacked some arm speed
SL:  mph.
CH: 74-78 mph. Similar spin and movement to the fastball.  Will rely on the speed differential and deception.  Occasionally cuts




Kyle Wade RHP / 3B / William Amos Hough , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds. Average frame with some length present and a strong lower half
Delivery: Small rocker and easy pivot.  Lift to the mid-chest, slighltyly closed at balance.  Level, works down the hill to a closed line and open toe at foot-strike.  Falls off to the glove side in the finish.
Arm Action: R. Medium arm action works to a high-3/4 slot.  Average arm speed. 
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. Good ride through the zone, playing true out of the hand with 12:15 spin at release.  Worked elevated in the zone at times.
CB: 63-64 mph. Rolling sweep across the zone with solid arm speed.  Some feel for the zone.  Average length.
SL mph.
CH: 72-75 mph. Early run with solid arm speed.  Showed feel for arm side