Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Precision Showcase Scout Day - Pitchers

Brandon Hall
Executive Director of Scouting, PBR NC

PBR was on hand at JH Rose HS in Greenville, NC on Sunday September 20th to run a scout day for Precision Showcase Baseball.  With 35 players from the 2021-2024 classes in attendance, players ran through a full pro-style workout.  All uncommitted, several players put up some impressive numbers and will be follows throughout the fall season.

Each position player began their day with a laser timed 60 yard dash on the grass surface.  Even with all of the rain throughout the week, the JH Rose surface was in very good shape and produced solid times.  Offensive evaluations included an exit velocity off of the tee, as well as multiple rounds of live BP, with TrackMan collecting all batted ball information.  Defensively, players worked out from their primary position, showcasing athleticism and arm strength.  To conclude the day, pitchers faced live hitters in a controlled setting, again with TrackMan collecting all of the ball flight data out of the hand.

Below we highlight some of the pitchers who stood out throughout the pro-style workout. 

CLICK HERE to see the full roster from the event, along with complete stats on each player.

By The Numbers:

  • 9 players ran under a 7.25 laser timed 60
  • 7.48 was the median run time in the 60
  • 11 hitters posted an exit velocity, off of the tee, of 85 mph or higher
  • 11 hitters posted an average exit velocity of 80mph or higher during live BP
  • 14 live BP swings produced a distance of 300ft or more off the bat
  • 9 INF & OF arms produced a positional velocity of 77mph or higher
  • 4 catchers flashed at least 1 pop time of 2.20 or better
  • 4 pitchers worked at 82 or better vs. live hitters
  • 2236rpm was the top average spin rate for a fastball on the day
  • 2261rpm was the top average spin rate on a breaking ball for the day


Quick Hitters - Pitchers


Trace Baker (RHP, South Central HS, 2022) – Athletic, lanky frame, standing 6-foot-3, 180 pounds.  Strike thrower with plenty of projection left as he continues to add strength to the frame.   Fastball up to 82.  Medium arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Clean, easy, stable, and repeatable.  Slider has side to side length.

Owen Bellamy (RHP, Croatan HS, 2022) – Some length in a 6-foot-1, 175 pound build.  Effort in the delivery with the elbow climbing above the shoulder line working to a high-3/4 slot.  Cross-fire with the landing creates some angle.  Fastball up to 80.  Big sweeping slider has out-pitch potential with horizontal break of over 20 inches while ranging 64-67 with 2384rpm. 

Shannon Edwards, Jr. (LHP, Dudley HS, 2023) – Athletic 6-foot-1, 165 pounds.  Long arm swing with the ball turning early as he gets to a high-3/4 slot.  Works on-line, landing square.  Average arm speed.  Arm strength is present.  Fastball up to 81.  Flashed a cutter with high ceiling potential, spinning up to 2043rpm. 

Matthew Lovitt (RHP, Jacksonville HS, 2022) – Athleticism present at 6-foot, 175 pounds.  Short arm swing working to load the scapular.  Above average arm speed with a high-3/4 release.  Works on-line.  Occasionally cuts the fastball as the front side can clear early.  Fastball ranged 83-85, spinning at 2236rpm.  Tight, late breaking ball with mature tilt.  Curveball was up to 72 with a spin rate of 2261rpm.  Consistent 11/5 tilt with late separation from the fastball tunnel.