Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Preseason All State West - Position Players

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Sunday January 29th PBR of North Carolina hosted its second of four Preseason All State Events at the Athletes Lab Performance Center in Maiden, 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 day started with pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting advanced analytics. After the bullpens, players went outside to the 100 yard turf field to have their running and jumping metrics tested. Then catchers, infielders, and outfielders went through a defensive evaluation. The day concluded with hitters taking batting practice in the open cage with Trackman collecting ball flight data. 

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

Nicholas Goodrum, OF/3B, 2026

5-foot-8, 135-pound frame. Loads with a controlled leg kick, keeps his barrel quiet. Fluid swing with quickness to his hands, lined some balls to both sides of the cage. Exit velocity topped at 78.9 mph, average EV at 70.6 mph. 

Cason McGinnis, SS/2B, 2026

5-foot-9, 143-pound frame with room for maturation ahead. Impressed during his defensive workout, fluid actions with softness to his hands and the ability to throw from multiple arm angles. Relaxed in the box, take a short path with a gap to gap approach. Peak exit velocity at 80.8 mph, average EV at 69.8 mph. 

Chad Matthews, SS/3B, 2026

5-foot-9, 155-pound frame. Hands have quickness with looseness to his swing. Hit several balls off the barrel using a gap to gap approach. Direct path with his barrel working mostly flat through the zone. Exit velocity peaked at 86.1 mph, average EV at 70.4 mph. 

Sam Beck, SS, 2024

5-foot-11, 165-pound frame with room to add strength. Hands are quick with looseness to the swing. Takes a short path to the ball using a line drive approach working through the middle of the cage. Top exit velocity at 83.5 mph, average EV at 73.3 mph. 

Peter Boatwright, OF, 2024

Lanky frame at 6-foot, 165-pounds with room to add strength. Lined balls through the middle and to the right center gap. Fluid swing staying balanced, short path to the ball with his barrel working flat through the zone. Posted a top exit velocity at 86.7 mph, average EV at 81.1 mph. Arm reached 83 mph from the outfield. 

Ellis Chappell, OF/3B, 2025

6-foot, 170-pound build. Controlled load keeping his barrel quiet, level swing path. Lined balls through the middle of the cage during his BP rounds. Hands have quickness, posted a top exit velocity of 90 mph, average EV at 80.7 mph. Throws from the outfield reached 81 mph. 

Reid Johnson, C/3B, 2026

6-foot, 170-pound build. Showed comfort behind the plate and the ability to handle quality arms with some ease. Arm peaked at 74 mph from behind the plate. Gap to gap approach in BP. Barrel works inside the ball and gets extension out front. Top exit velocity at 85.4 mph, average EV at 74.5 mph. 

Cade Gardner, SS/3B, 2024

Has added strength to his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame over the winter. Bat speed continues to improve. Squared up balls to both sides of the field during his BP rounds. Compact swing, keeps his barrel through the zone with strength and quickness in his hands. Peak exit velocity at 91.5 mph, average EV at 86.9 mph. 

Hank Matthews, OF, 2025

5-foot-11, 175-pound frame with strength in his lower half. Gap to gap approach with some lift to the swing path. Hands are quick with exit velocities reaching 86.1 mph, average EV at 75.7 mph. Accurate arm from the outfield topping at 77 mph. 

Hayden Ashby, C/1B, 2024

Strong, sturdy build at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Hit with wood during his BP rounds producing a top exit velocity of 87.5 mph, average EV at 78.8 mph. Keeps his barrel inside the ball and through the zone hitting line drives through the middle of the cage. Accurate arm from behind the plate. 

Caden Nolan, 3B/SS, 2026

6-foot-1, 185-pound frame with strength present. Balanced approach working gap to gap. Hands have quickness and strength with his barrel getting length out front. Exit velocities reached 83.2 mph, average EV at 73 mph. Arm peaked at 79 mph across the infield. 

Jack McGrath, C/3B, 2026

5-foot-11, 170-pound build. Lined some balls through middle and to his pull side. Hits with a sturdy base, flat swing path with quickness to his hands. Top exit velocity at 86.6 mph, average EV at 78.7 mph. Throws topped at 71 mph to second base.

Trey Spees, 3B/2B, 2024

Strong build at 6-foot, 180-pounds. The left hand hitter continues to impress in front of PBR scouts. Fluid swing that generates bat speed through the zone with strength and quickness in his hands. Consistently hit the ball of the barrel during his BP rounds. Top exit velocity at 95 mph, average EV at 89.9 mph. 

Hunter Huneycutt, C/SS, 2023

App State recruit. Strength and quickness in a 5-foot-11, 195-pound frame. Switch hitter with feel for the barrel and quickness from both sides. Squared up a ton of balls during his BP rounds. Peak exit velocity at 94.3 mph, average EV at 84 mph. Arm topped at 77 mph from behind the plate. 

David Pastusic, 3B/1B, 2026

6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. Lined several balls through the middle of the cage during his BP rounds. Barrel stays inside and through the ball with some quickness to his hands. Top exit velocity at 83.1 mph, average EV at 75.5 mph. Solid actions on the infield. 

Jayden Overcash, 3B/2B, 2026

Strength in a 5-foot-10, 200-pound frame. Flat barrel path through the zone squaring balls up through the middle of the cage. Hands have quickness and strength. Exit velocities topped at 83.1 mph, average EV at 77.9 mph. Throws reached 78 mph across the infield. 

Drake Tucker, 3B/OF, 2025

Strong build at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds. Produced lots of loud contact in BP with his top exit velocity at 97.8 mph, average EV at 90.8 mph. Hands are strong with quickness. Flat barrel path through the zone hitting balls off the barrel to both sides of the cage.