Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: NC/SC Border Battle - '25 NC Position Players and Pitcher

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

Over 115 of the top players from North Carolina and South Carolina converged on UNC Charlotte’s Robert & Mariam Hayes Stadium on June 28, 2023 for the PBR NC/SC Border Battle.  In front of over 30 college and professional coaches and scouts, players from each state went through a pre-game workout and then played 9+ innings in a controlled scrimmage.

Position players opened the day with an offensive workout, taking live BP on the field.  TrackMan and Blast were used to track pre-swing and ball-flight analytics.  Players then went through a defensive workout at their position, allowing coaches and scouts to get a feel for their athleticism, movement, and arm strength. 

After the workout, North Carolina took on South Carolina in game play.  Pitchers threw to live hitters in a controlled environment, allowing PBR Scouts to control pitch count and stress of each inning.  Hitters got live looks at pitchers, allowing the coaches and scouts in attendance to further their evaluations after BP, in the live setting.

One of the marquee events of the summer, the 2023 NC/SC Border Battle did not disappoint.  Several players boosted their profiles, while others solidified their spot as one of the top prospects in the Carolinas.

Below we break down some of the numbers from the event.  To see a player’s full profile, simply click on his name.  To see the NC/SC Border Battle roster, full stat page, plus analytics from the event, CLICK HERE.


Connor Robertson, 3B, 2025

Strong build at 5-foot-11, 195-pounds. Hit several balls on the barrel during BP. Competes pitch to pitch during game at bats. Hands are strong, barrel stays through the zone with the ability to make hard contact to all fields. Top exit velocity at 93.8 mph, average EV at 83.2 mph. Arm up to 86 mph on the infield, ran a 6.94 laser timed 60. 

Ian Williams, OF, 2025

5-foot-8, 145-pound fame. Had a base knock to left field in game action, ran a 4.27 home to first on a ground ball to second. Flat swing path, stays short to the ball with quick hands. Peak exit velocity at 81.9 mph, average EV at 75.4 mph. Shows range in the outfield, ran a 6.75 60-time on the lasers. 

Caden Davidson, 3B/1B, 2025

6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. Squared a ball up to his pull side during game play. Drives balls gap to gap during BP. Relaxed in the box, compact swing with his barrel staying long through the zone. Hands are strong and quick with the ability to manipulate the barrel. Top exit velocity at 92.8 mph, average EV at 87.1 mph. Solid actions on the infield.

Amare Burrus, OF, 2025

Athletic frame with projection at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Barreled a ball to right for a base hit during game action. Drove balls to center and to the left center gap during BP. Peak exit velocity at 97.3 mph, average EV at 87.3 mph. Hands are quick, back leg drives through the swing, slightly uphill path. Ran a 6.86 laser timed 60. 

Zeb Swangim, 3B/2B, 2025

5-foot-7, 165-pound frame. Squared up two balls to right for base hits and added another hit through the 6-hole during game play. Short compact swing with feel for the barrel, barrel stays through the zone and gets length out front. Top exit velocity at 92.9 mph, average EV at 86.5 mph. Solid actions on the infield with throws reaching 84 mph. Ran a 7.17 laser timed 60. 

Tanner Ferguson, SS/3B, 2025

Projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 183-pounds. Barreled a ball through the middle of the field for a base hit during game action. Hands are quick, barrel stays inside and through the ball. Drove balls to both sides of the field during BP, peak exit velocity at 93 mph, average EV at 84.5 mph. Confident defender, arm reached 86 mph to first base. 

Micah Simpson, OF/LHP, 2025

Thin frame at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds with room to add strength. Left hand hitter. Squared a ball up to right for a base hit against live arms. Flat swing path with feel for the barrel and the ability to use the whole field. Top exit velocity at 94.6 mph, average EV at 86.3 mph. 

Slender 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. Spins the baseball.  Spin allows stuff to play up.  Strike thrower.  Landed fastball and breaking ball to both sides of the plate.  Works in attack mode with pace between pitches.  Fastball at 80-82, 2227rpm.  Sink and heavy run with 10:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Breaking ball has sweeping action with 2/8 tilt.  More sweep than depth at 68-71, 2312rpm. – (Brandon Hall, Mid Atlantic Executive Director of Scouting)

Ayden Wall, C, 2025

Long athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Barreled three balls in game action including a line drive triple to right. Worked to both sides of the field in BP, top exit velocity at 90.4 mph, average EV at 81.6 mph. Hands are loose with quickness, flat swing path getting extension out front. Has arm strength from behind the plate with his throws reaching 79 mph to second base. Ran a 7.01 laser timed 60.