Prep Baseball Report

Queen City ID: Quick Hitters

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

On Wednesday October 16t, Prep Baseball Report hosted an event at the impressive Ultimate Performance facility in Matthews, NC.  An indoor facility, it allows for a full pro-style workout with players getting a lot of reps.  With rain falling for most of the day, players were able to get the full workout with Ultimate Performance’s facility.

During the open identification, players were able to run a laser timed 30, moved indoors and to a 30 yard dash instead of a 60 due to the weather, workout at their defensive position, and go through multiple offensive stations for evaluations.  The facility at Ultimate Performance allows outfielders to field through batted ground balls and make throws of up to 150 feet.  Infielders and catchers are able to make full length throws, simulating positional play.  Offensively, hitters worked through multiple cages, including an exit velocity cage, prior to getting to open box cage that allowed hitters and evaluators to see the ball fly off the bat. 

Below we begin to sift through all of the information from the open workout.  PBR scouts have marked down some of their first thoughts from the workout in our Quick Hitters article.  This really is just a first look as our scouts are just diving into all of the information gathered.  In the coming days, we will release a full look at the statistics and evaluations on each player, with links to their video.

CLICK HERE to see the roster and statistics from the event.


Quick Hitters


Langston Rupert, OF/2B, Charlotte Country Day, 2023
Quick twitch athleticism stands out in all phases of his game.  Short swing with quick hands.  Advanced barrel awareness showed hitting a ton of line drives in batting practice.

Mason Smith, SS/RHP, Lincoln Charter, 2022
Athletic in the box with quick, loose hands with bat speed.  Squared a lot of balls up with a gap to gap approach.  Flooded the zone on the bump with a clean arm action and high-3/4 release.

Connor Miller, SS/RHP, Charlotte Country Day, 2021
Stays inside the ball with a short barrel path.  Balanced approach with the ability to find his barrel.  Solid actions defensively.

Mason Mozeley, C/3B, Freedom HS, 2022
Simple swing from the left side.  Balanced and keeps his barrel in the zone.  Some quickness to his hands lining balls gap to gap during batting practice.  Up to 83 on the bump with a feel for three pitches.

Jacob Gorman, C/2B, Hough HS, 2022
Quick hands and stayed through the middle during batting practice.  Quick hands with some strength in his swing.

Travis Snell, C/OF, Hickory Grove Christian, 2021
Looked to stay through the middle with feel for his barrel.  Quick hands with some strength in his swing.  Centered several balls during his rounds of batting practice.

Carter Bass, SS/2B, High Point Christian, 2021
Fluid stroke with loose hands. Uses the whole field with feel for his barrel.  Balanced with some strength present.

Tate Ellis, 2B/SS, Ardrey Kell HS, 2021
Balanced swing and uses the whole field with better than average feel for his barrel.  Short path to the ball with quickness to his hands.

Bain Sipe, RHP/OF, Maiden HS, 2020
Athletic and physical presence.  Arm strength is present, showing 93 mph positional velocity from the outfield.  Translated to 85 mph on the mound where the arm does not work with the same arm swing yet.   Has feel for a breaking ball and change-up as well.