Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Rawlings Prospects Pitchers

Brandon Hall
Executive Director of Scouting, PBR NC

PBR was in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday October 28th at North Raleigh Christian Academy to run the PBR Scout Day with Rawlings Prospects NC, in conjunction with an Open Prospect ID.  The event saw 34 prospects in attendance.  The Rawlings Prospects draw a majority of their roster from the Trinagle Area of the state.

Position players kicked the day off with a full pro-style workout, including a laser timed 60 yard dash.  The offensive evaluation included full ball flight data during live BP, with an exit velocity.  Defensively, players worked out from their primary position, allowing coaches and scouts to get a full view of athleticism, arm strength, hands, feet, and accuracy on throws.

After the position players, pitchers in attendance went through a controlled bullpen.  The bullpen included TrackMan gathering ball flight information from the release, including velocity, spin rates, and movement metrics.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and complete statistical output from each player.  There are multiple tabs, with the TrackMan data included.


By the Numbers:

  • 29 Position Players participated in the offensive and defensive workout
  • 7.58 was the median sixty time
  • 6.09 was the top posted sixty time
  • 2 catchers posted pop times under 2.20
  • 10 hitters posted an exit velocity of 85mph or higher
  • 84 mph off the barrel was the median exit velocity
  • 97 mph was the top exit velocity during BP
  • 85 mph was the top fastball on the night
  • 19 total pitchers threw bullpens


Quick Hitters - Position Players


Wesley Driscoll (RHP, Wakefield HS, 2023) – Strength present in a 6-foot-3, 185 pound frame.  Fastball has solid ride with 20.7 inches of induced vertical break, peaking at 82 with an average spin rate of 1992rpm.  Uphill leverage with a long arm swing and exaggerated over-the-top slot.  Has angle when down in the zone. 

Josh Hill (RHP, Corinth Holders HS, 2022) – Strike thrower.  Athletic, lean build at 6-foot-3, 178 pounds.  Coils and uncoils during the delivery with a short arm action and over-the-top slot.  Fastball up to 80 with average movement metrics.  Breaking ball for a strike consistently.  Slight hump with 11/5 arc.  Slider is short with side to side action.

Cole Kuklick (RHP, Heritage HS, 2024) – Interesting spin metrics in a young, still maturing frame.  Stands 5-foot-9, 140 pounds.  Athletic delivery working with uphill leverage and a high front side.  Short arm arc and high-3/4 slot.   Short strider.  Fastball peaked at 76 with a spin rate up to 2029.  Breaking ball ranged 63-64, spinning on average at 2206rpm with a peak spin rate of 2311rpm.  Big, 12/6 tilt, rolling out of the hand and through the zone.  Spin metrics make him an interesting follow as he continues to mature.

Jimmy Lovelace (RHP, Wake Forest HS, 2023) – Strength present at 6-foot, 205 pounds.  Fastball ranged 82-84 with a max spin rate of 2337rpm.  20.7 inches of induced vertical break.  Easy ride through the zone.  Slider has an average spin rate of 2486rpm, peaking at 2535rpm, peaking at 72 with short, late, firm sweeping action.

Briggs McKenzie (LHP, East Wake HS, 2025) – Lean and high waisted at 6-foot-2, 140 pounds.  High front side and short arm action working to a high-3/4 slot that can creep higher.  Fastball up to 75 with an average spin rate of 2004rpm.  Solid ride through the zone with arm side run.  Breaking ball and change-up are still developing.

Carson Veasey (LHP, Fuquay-Varina HS, 2022) -- Lanky 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.  Clean arm swing and high-3/4 release.  Fastball up to 78 with above average arm speed.  Aggressive, throwing the fastball with intent.  Sweeping slider was erratic, working from a lower slot.