Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Preseason All-State East - Hitters

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

On Sunday February 2nd, sixty of the top players in the state of North Carolina converged at the Next Level Training Center in Greenville, NC.  The Preseason All-State showcase event is the top winter event in North Carolina year after year and with the increased demand, there are now two sessions, an east and a west.  Below we take our first look at some player notes from the Preseason All-State East.  You can continue to follow the action from the Preseason All-State West HERE.

The day consisted of a full pro-style workout with pitchers throwing controlled bullpens, followed by defensive workouts for the position players.  Hitters were able to go through multiple cages to get loose prior to moving through two exit velocity stations.  Live BP was taken in a large cage, allowing scouts and coaches to see the ball fly off the bat.

Below are the Quick Hitter notes on the hitters.  This is not meant to be a top prospect list, but just a very quick list of players that popped to our PBR Scouts.  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 Preseason All-State East

Preseason All-State West – By the Numbers:

  • 60 players went through the workout at Next Level Training Center
  • 50 players ran the laser timed 30 yard dash
  • 3.61 was the top 30 yard time
  • 15 players ran sub-4.00 in the 30 yard dash
  • 14 players registered an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher off the bat
  • 97 mph was the top registered exit velocity
  • 93 mph was the top positional velocity from the OF
  • 94 mph was the top positional velocity across the infield
  • 10 catchers flashed a pop time of 2.10 or better in their workout
  • 24 arms threw controlled bullpens at the workout
  • 9 players were 83 or higher
  • 89 mph was the top fastball from the event


Quick Hitters - Offensive


Jonathan Villa, C/OF, 2020-Fayetteville Tech commit.  Fluid swing from the right side and keeps his barrel in the zone.  Strength is present with barrel whip, lining balls through the middle of the field.

Jaxon Masterson, SS/2B, 2021-Athletic with a quick barrel.  Has lift in his swing and showed pop through the middle of the field making consistent hard contact.

Peter Maldonado, C/3B, 2021-Left hand hitter with a loose stroke and feel for his barrel.  Looked to get the barrel out making hard contact through the middle and to his pull side.

Ethan Velazquez, OF, 2021-Hit a ton of line drives with a middle of the field approach.  Loose hands with a short barrel path to the ball, staying balanced.

Jack Boyles, SS/2B, 2021-Athletic with quick hands from the right side. Direct barrel path, lining balls through the middle of the cage.

Bryan Arendt, C/3B, 2021-UNCW commit.  Aggressive, balanced approach with barrel whip through the zone.  Ball comes off the bat with authority to all fields.

Ryan Bellamy, OF, 2021-Put together solid rounds of batting practice finding his barrel often.  Has strength from the left side with a middle to pull side approach.

Carson Kelly, SS, 2021-NC State commit.  Used a line drive approach driving the ball through the middle.  Athletic with quick hands from the right side.

Alec DeMartino, OF, 2021-UNCW commit.  Fluid, athletic swing from the right side.  Has barrel snap through the zone showing the ability to drive the ball.

Brendan Burke, C/1B, 2021-Physical from the left side of the plate.  Made hard contact looking to launch the ball middle to his pull side. 

Cole Schiff, 1B, 2021-UNC Asheville commit.  Loose stroke from the left side.  Has plenty of bat speed driving the ball middle to his pull side. 

Luke Adams, 3B, 2022-Put together two good rounds of batting practice driving the ball all over the cage.  Lots of bat speed from the right side.

Peyton Wilkins, C/3B, 2022-Short swing from the right side with above average feel for his barrel.  Worked through the middle of the cage with strength off his barrel.

Michael Allen, OF/2B, 2022-Athlete with lots of strength.  Balanced, short swing with quick hands.  Better than average bat speed and barrel awareness.  Elite runner in a powerful build.

Danny Staley, 1B, 2022-Quick hands from the right side with some barrel snap through the zone.  Consistently found his barrel lining balls through the middle.

Luke Evans, C/3B, 2022-Flat swing from the right side looking to get extension through the middle.  Hit lots of line drives with bat speed and barrel feel.

Mac Gillespie, OF, 2022-Loose, simple swing with above average bat speed.  Gets extension, consistently driving the ball to right center.

Rhett James, RHP/SS, 2021-Loose, quick hands working through the middle of the cage.  Flat stroke with the ball coming hard off the barrel.

Sean Donahue, C, 2022-Loose swing and looks to get the ball in the air with an uphill path.  Gets extension with strength off his barrel.

Matthew Beisecker, 2B/SS, 2021-Loose hands with plenty of bat speed. Found his barrel often showing pop through the middle of the field.

Aubrey Smith, 1B, 2022-Balanced with lift in his swing.  Drove the ball through the middle of the cage showing strength off the barrel.

Dylan Kelly, C/1B, 2023-Short, simple stroke from the right side.  Has better than average barrel feel and bat speed with a middle of the field approach.