Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Combine Academy Pitchers

Brandon Hall
Mid-Atlantic Executive Director

PBR North Carolina was on hand in Lincolnton, NC on Saturday February 6th for a Scout Day with Combine Academy. 25 players went through the workout portion of the scout day. Combine Academy features kids from North Carolina as well as kids from other states and countries. 

The position players led off the day with a full pro-style workout.  Players ran a laser timed 60, followed by an offensive evaluation and defensive evaluation.  During live BP, TrackMan was able to gather ball flight information off the bat.  After the pro-style workout, pitchers faced hitters in a controlled scrimmage with Trackman gathering information on each arm. 

Combine Academy Scout Day by the Numbers

  • 25 players went through the workout portion of the event
  • 3 players ran sub-7.00 60’s
  • 7.41 was the median 60 time for the day
  • 10 infielder arms topped at 80 mph or better across the diamond
  • 5 outfielder’s threw 85 mph or better to home plate
  • 4 catchers had pop times of 2.04 or better
  • 8 hitters produced a Trackman exit velocity of 95 mph or higher
  • 371’ was the longest ball hit on the day
  • 87 mph was the top fastball on the day
  • 2559 rpm was the top fastball spin
  • 2464 rpm was the top curveball spin

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Donnie Canchela, RHP, Combine Academy (Post Grad), 2020  --  5-foot-10, 175 pounds.  Good rhythm over the rubber, using a turn at balance, uncoiling to an on-line foot strike.   Medium arm swing with average arm strength.   Fastball peaked at 85.  Reports stuff was down on the day.  Tight, 11/5 breaking ball.  Late with depth.  Solid arm speed on the change-up.

Brandon Romano, RHP, Combine Academy (Post Grad), 2021  --  6-foot-1, 200 pounds.  Raw over the rubber, working to create consistent rhythm.  Fastball ranged 80-83 with arm side run.  Throws the breaking ball with intent.  10/4 tilt through the zone.  Early at times, there is action to miss the barrel.

David Zamora, RHP, Combine Academy (Post Grad), 2021  --  6-foot, 195 pounds.  Catcher first but may be able to gain innings on the bump.  Fastball up to 87.  Strike thrower with a medium arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Throws a knuckleball with solid handspeed.  Hard and working up to 71, showed feel for the zone with late cutting action on most of the knuckleballs.

Garrett Mackowiak, LHP, Combine Academy, 2023  --  Strength is present in a 5-foot-11 frame.  Athletic delivery with loose hips and solid direction.  Medium arm stroke works to an over-the-top slot.  Quick, athletic arm.  Fastball up to 86.  Aggressive and pounded the zone with feel for the down zone.  Some arm side run.  Heavier run when working to the arm side.  Tight, late breaking ball with 2/8 tilt.  Threw the curveball for a strike and showed an ability to expand with it.  Good arm speed on the change-up with feel still developing.  Has the makings of a solid third pitch.

Chase Corbett, RHP, Combine Academy (Post Grad), 2020  --  Mature frame at 6-foot, 195 pounds.  Closed at balance using a clean arm stroke to get to a high-3/4 slot.  Lands closed, creating some angle vs. right handed hitters.   Fastball at 80-82.  In the zone with all three pitches.  Good feel for the breaking ball, sweeping through the zone with side to side action.  Some deception in the arm speed of the change-up with run to the arm side.

Luis Montenero, RHP, Combine Academy, 2022  --  Lanky, athletic frame.  Plenty of room to add strength as he continues to mature.  Fastball up to 77.  Methodic delivery.  Slight pause and coil at balance, loading the backside.  Long arm swing works to a high-3/4 slot with the hand slightly laid off, outside the elbow.  Good arm speed.  Slider is early with sweeping action.  Occasional depth with 10/4 tilt.