Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Preseason All State East - Underclassmen Pitchers

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Saturday February 4th PBR of North Carolina hosted its third of four Preseason all State Events at Next Level Training Center in Greenville, NC. The Preseason All State Events have become the premier winter event in NC featuring some of the top talent from across the state. The events feature players from the 2023-2026 grad classes. 

The event began with catchers going through a defensive evaluation. After the catchers, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting advanced analytics. Following the pitchers, position players ran a laser timed 30 and then took live BP in the open area which allowed players and scouts to see ball flight, Trackman was also used to collect ball flight data. The event concluded with infielders and outfielders going through a defensive evaluation. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance. Look for more information to follow in the coming days. 

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Colin Woolard, RHP, 2025

Virginia Tech commit. Sturdy build at 6-foot-1, 195-pounds. Quick arm with his fastball ranging from 84-87 mph. Worked at the bottom of the zone with feel for both sides of the plate. Fastball averaged 11.1in or horizontal movement. Breaking ball has bite at 76-77 mph. 

Jackson King, RHP, 2025

5-foot-9, 160-pound build. Filled up the zone with three pitches. Fastball worked at 79-80 mph averaging 11in of horizontal run. Break ball has 11/5 tilt with late break at 69-71 mph. Changeup up has arm side run at 73-74 mph. 

Will Johnson, RHP, 2025

5-foot-11, 185-pound frame. Long arm action with an over the top slot. Fastball sat at 80-81 mph while averaging 9.7in of horizontal movement. Landed his breaking ball for strikes at 63-66 mph. 

James Robinson, RHP, 2025

5-foot-11, 140-pound frame. Strike thrower using multiple arm slots on the mound. Fastball at 70-72 mph from  ¾ slot and 68-70 mph from a sidearm slot. Changeup has sinking action at 61-66 mph. Curveball has sweeping action at 58-59 mph. 

Luke Hemric, LHP, 2025

Lanky frame at 6-foot-3, 177-pounds with projection ahead. Impressed during his time on the mound. Fastball sat at 83-84 mph (22-2300 spin) while averaging 12.2in of horizontal run. Late action on the breaking ball at 75-76 mph (23-2500 spin). Plenty of arm side run on thc changeup at 76-78 mph. Arm is quick and creates deception working across his body and using a ¾ arm slot. Velocity should continue to rise in the future. 

Michael Gurganus, RHP, 2025

5-foot-11, 190-pounds. Filled up the bottom of the zone with his fastball at 80-83 mph. Clean arm action using an over the top slot. Has feel for both his breaking ball and changeup. Breaking ball spin in the 23-2400 rpm range

Brandon Benkovics, RHP, 2025

Strength in a 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame. Short arm action with quickness through release. Got his fastball to the bottom of the zone at 83-85 mph. Located his slider to his glove side with late action at 75-76 mph (23-2400 spin). Changeup has arm side run at 80-82 mph. 

William Vetter, RHP, 2026

Athletic frame with projection ahead at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Quick arm with downhill plane to the fastball at 85-86 mph. Sharp breaking slider at 73-75 mph. Slider spin in the 26-2700 rpm range. Also mixed in a cutter and changeup. Cutter spin in the 25-2600 rpm range. Arm quickness and high spin on the slider suggests plenty more to come in the future. 

Tanner Pope, LHP, 2026

6-foot, 185-pound frame. Arm has quickness using an over the top slot. Fastball ranged from 77-80 mph averaging 17.9in of induced vertical break. Breaking ball has depth with late break at 66-68 mph. Has feel for the bottom of the zone with his changeup at 68-74 mph. 

Tate Nelson, RHP, 2026

6-foot, 135-pound frame. Athletic on the mound with a quick arm. Attacks the zone. Fastball worked mostly at 80-82 mph. Slider has sharpness at 72-73 mph. Also, showed feel for a curveball and changeup. Velocity should jump as the body matures. 

Tyler Komorner, RHP, 2026

6-foot-1, 160-pound frame with projection ahead. Stood out during his time on the mound. Fast arm and works with intent. Flooded the bottom of the zone with his fastball at 84-86 mph. Sharp slider with late action at 74-77 mph. Slider spin in the 25-2600 rpm range. Has feel for his changeup at 76-77 mph. High follow heading into the spring season. 

Mason Jones, RHP, 2026

5-foot-11, 152-pound frame. Fastball ranged from 77-80 mph. Arm has some quickness using a high ¾ slot. Curveball has depth with 11/5 tilt at 66-69 mph. Has feel for his glove side with the curveball. 

Ayden Broughton, RHP, 2026

6-foot, 160-pound frame with room for maturation ahead. Threw a ton of strikes during his time on the mound. Fastball at 71-73 mph. Worked to his glove side with the breaking ball at 63-64 mph. Changeup has fading action at 67-69 mph. 

Tucker Anderson, RHP, 2026

5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. Worked to the bottom of the zone getting down hill plane to his fastball at 77-78 mph. Flashed feel for both his breaking ball at 63-65 mph and changeup at 69-71 mph.