Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Preseason All State East - Upperclassmen Position Players

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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Quick Hitters

Cooper Allen, 3B/RHP, 2023

UNCW recruit. Strong and athletic at 6-foot-1, 195-pounds. Has bat speed and hand strength. Continues to impress with his ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. Barrel works inside the ball and is long through the zone. Top exit velocity at 96.4 mph, average EV at 92 mph. 

Evan Barefoot, OF, 2023

Committed to Wingate shortly after the event. Quickness present in a projectable 6-foot, 165-pound frame. Posted the top outfield and infield arm velocities on the night at 93 and 91 mph. Direct to the ball with a mostly flat barrel path. Peak exit velocity at 92 mph, average EV at 76.4 mph. 

Carter Johnson, 3B, 2023

Lanky, athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. Hits with a wide base, controlled load and quickness to his hands. Keeps his barrel inside the ball hitting several line drives to the right center gap. Exit velocity peaked at 92 mph, average EV at 82.1 mph. Has trust in his hands on the infield. 

Jeremiah McLemore, 3B/1B, 2023

Mount Olive recruit. Has changed his body over the last year now standing at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds. Still has bat speed and hands strength. Drives the ball when his hands and feet stay in sync. Keeps his barrel through the zone with the ability to drive it to both sides of the field. Posted a top exit velocity of 94.1 mph, average EV at 89.1 mph. 

Charlie Vestal, 1B/OF, 2023

6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Left hand hitter. Worked mostly through the middle and to the opposite field during BP. Glides forward in the load, keeps his barrel inside and through the ball with feel for the barrel. Top exit velocity at 85.2 mph, average EV at 82.8 mph. 

Davis Albert, SS/2B, 2024

William & Mary commit. Strength in a 6-foot, 185-pound frame. Left hand hitter with a compact stroke and plenty of feel for the barrel. Hands have strength and quickness with his barrel staying long through the zone. Exit velocity topped at 93.4 mph, average EV at 87.9 mph. Above average actions with relaxed hands on the infield. 

Edwin Allen, OF, 2024

5-foot-11, 175-pound frame with broad shoulders. Simple load with a quiet barrel using a gap to gap approach. Some strength in his hands, peak exit velocity at 90.3 mph, average EV at 79.6 mph. Ran a 3.88 laser timed 30. 

Parker Cato, OF, 2024

5-foot-11, 160-pound frame with room to add strength. Left hand hitter. Fluid swing, keeps his barrel through the zone. Hit several balls off the barrel working through the middle of the field. Hands are quick, peak exit velocity at 86.1 mph, average EV at 80.9 mph. Ran a 3.94 laser timed 30. 

Holden Cooper, C/SS, 2024

East Carolina commit. 6-foot, 185-pound build. Versatile baseball player. Arm topped at 78 mph, posted the top pop time of the event at 1.97. Above average feel for the barrel, lined balls to both sides of the field in BP. Short path, keeps his barrel through the zone with strength and quickness in his hands. Top exit velocity at 93.3 mph, average EV at 81.9 mph.

Alex Ferrell Jr, OF/1B, 2024

Strong build at 6-foot-1, 196-pounds. Made a ton of hard contact during his BP rounds working to both sides of the field. Compact swing with bat speed and hand strength, barrel stays through the ball. Posted a top exit velocity of 97.1 mph, average EV at 89.1 mph. Arm reached 87 mph from the outfield, ran a 3.82 laser timed 30. 

Mason Hughes, SS/RHP, 2024

Charleston Southern commit. Continues to add strength to his 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame. Athletic left hand hitting infielder who impressed on the night. Fluid swing with plenty of barrel feel. Top exit velocity at 97.4 mph, average EV at 89.4 mph. Above average actions on the infield, arm reached 87 mph across the diamond. Ran a 3.81 30 yard sprint. 

Wyatt Lassiter, C/OF, 2024

Strong build at 6-foot, 178-pounds. Posted a peak exit velocity of 90.1 mph, average EV at 84.2 mph. Lots of movement in the load but does have hand strength and quickness. Hit several balls of the barrel working the middle. Arm topped at 78 mph from behind the plate and 87 mph from the outfield. 

John Nelson McLamb, 1B, 2024

Large frame at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds. Left hand hitter. Squared balls up through the middle and to the opposite field. Takes a short path with his barrel staying inside the ball and working through the zone. Posted a top exit velocity of 91.8 mph, average EV at 86.3 mph. 

Julian McNeill, OF/2B, 2024

5-foot-11, 170-pound build. Line drive approach working through the middle of the field. Hands are quick with a direct path to the ball. Peak exit velocity at 85.8 mph, average EV at 76.6 mph. Ran a 3.86 laser timed 30. 

Lucca Pascarella , C, 2024

6-foot, 190-pound build. Left hand hitting catcher. Accurate arm from behind the plate that topped at 77 mph. Fluid load with a quiet barre, hands are quick and keeps his barrel through the ball. Lined balls to center and the left center gap. Peak exit velocity at 89.5 mph, average EV at 83.2 mph. 

Gavin Pufky, 1B/3B, 2024

6-foot-1, 200-pound build with strength present. Uses a no stride approach with little movement and quiet barrel. Some lift to the swing path hitting balls off the barrel to both sides of the field. Hands have quickness, top exit velocity at 92.5 mph, average EV at 85.7 mph. 

Jentz Steiner, 3B/OF, 2024

5-foot-7, 149-pound frame. Lined balls through the middle and to the opposite field during his BP rounds. Quick hands with a direct path and his barrel working flat through the zone. Posted a top exit velocity of 86.9 mph, average EV at 82.3 mph. Arm reached 82 mph on the infield. 

Andrew Wallen, 1B, 2024

Long, lanky frame at 6-foot-7, 220-pounds. Posted to the top exit velocity of the event at 101 mph, average EV at 97.9 mph. Drives his barrel down through the ball and gets extension through the middle of the field. Hands are loose with quickness and strength generating bat speed through the zone. 

Brady Williams, IF/OF, 2024

5-foot-10, 165-pound frame. Left hand hitter who offers versatility on the defensive side of the ball. Simple, balanced swing with the ability to control the barrel. Lined drive approach working gap to gap. Barrel is short to the ball and stays through the zone. Top exit velocity at 82.5 mph, average EV at 78.2 mph. Has trust in his hands on the infield. 

Jordan Wright, 3B/OF, 2024

5-foot-10, 185-pound build. Hands have strength and quickness. Big load using a leg with a mostly flat barrel path. Stayed through the middle of the field posting a top exit velocity of 88.6 mph, average EV at 84.5 mph. Ran a 3.98 laser timed 30.