Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Raleigh Rising Stars ID - Position Players

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

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On Wednesday June 1st PBR of North Carolina hosted trials for Team Carolina at DPC in Clayton, NC. The Team Carolina Trials leads to identifying prospects for some of the summer’s biggest invite only events like NC/SC Border Battle, PBR Southeast Senior Games, Top Prospect Games, and the PBR Future Games. The event featured players from the 2023-2027 grad classes. 

The Day began with players running a laser timed 60 along with having jumping metrics recorded by Swift Technology. Position Players then took batting practice on the field with Trackman recording ball flight data. After BP, catchers, infielders and outfielders went through a defensive evaluation. The day concluded with pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting ball flight data. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance looking at the top performers in different categories.  Look for more statistics and information to follow in the coming days. 

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Quick Hitters

Jamison Lynch, C/SS, 2026

5-foot-6, 120-pound build. Fluid swing hitting balls off the barrel to both gaps. Relaxed in the box, compact swing with his barrel taking a short path and staying through the zone. Top exit velocity at 77.8 mph with an average EV of 75 mph. Arm topped at 67 mph to second base.

Kellen Rogers, SS/RHP, 2027

5-foot-7, 120-pound build. Left hand hitter. Athletic at the plate with looseness to the swing. Hands are quick, barrel stays inside the ball consistently finding the barrel working through the middle and to the opposite field gap. Ball off his bat peaked at 83.7 mph. Solid actions on the infield. 

Noah Price, C/SS, 2027

5-foot-8, 145-pound build. Uses a line drive approach working through the middle of the field. Direct path to the ball with his barrel getting length out front and quick hands. Top exit velocity at 82.9 mph. Accurate arm to second base topping at 67 mph with pop times in the 2.22-2.28 range. 

Cole Rogers, C/3B, 2026

5-foot-10, 145 pound lanky frame. Worked to both gaps during his BP rounds. Quiet barrel in the load with lift to the swing path. Hit several balls of the barrel with better than average bat speed. Top exit velocity recorded at 88 mph with an average EV of 79.4 mph. 

Carter Huffman, SS/RHP, 2026

5-foot-8, 151-pound frame that has added strength over the last year. Hands are quick with a simple swing and live drive approach working to both sides of the field. Ball off his bat peaked at 88 mph. Ran a 6.99 laser timed 60. 

Tariq Stone, OF, 2026

Strength in a 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame. Left hand hitter. Drove balls to the big part of the field with a max distance of 316ft. Fast hands with lift to the swing path and better than average bat speed. Top exit velocity at 89.4 mph with an average EV of 83.4 mph. Arm peaked at 79 mph from the outfield.

Tanner Pope, LHP/1B, 2026

6-foot, 175-pound build. Left hand hitter. Loose, balanced swing with quick hands and feel for his barrel. Made hard contact to center and to his pull side with the ball off his bat topping at 85.1 mph and a max distance of 325ft. Arm reached 78 mph from the outfield. 

Harrison Schmidt, RHP/3B, 2026

Physical for his age at 6-foot-2, 191-pounds. Top exit velocity at 88.3 mph. Barrel gets extension through the middle of the field with a gap to gap approach. Hands have strength and quickness. Arm peaked at 76 mph across the diamond.

Michael Woodard, LHP/1B, 2026

Long, lanky frame at 6-foot-3, 172-pounds. Left hand hitter. Posted the top exit velocity of the event at 90.9 mph. Hands are quick with a direct path to the ball, barrel gets extension out front. Ran a 7.01 laser timed 60. 

Cedric Simmons, 1B/LHP, 2026

6-foot-1, 215-pound frame with strength present. Left hand hitter worked through the middle of the field during his BP Rounds. Quick hands, barrel stays inside the ball with some lift to the swing path and feel for the barrel. 

Jack McKellar, C/3B, 2026

5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. Left hand hitter. Has strength in his hands with lift to the swing path. Top exit velocity recorded at 89.4 mph. Worked to center and left field during his BP rounds. Has arm strength from behind the plate topping 78 mph to second base with pop times in the 2.29-2.33 range.