Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: TPA Position Players

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

Thursday June 18th saw PBR Scouts converge at Ting Park in Holly Springs, NC to host a Scout Day with The Performance Academy (TPA).  TPA's Scout Day featured close to fifty players from their organization.  Players covered classes from the 2021 - 2023 graduating years.

During the Scout Day, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen with information gathered on TrackMan and a Stalker Pro SII radar gun.  Position players were able to run a laser timed 60, on the artificial surface at Ting Stadium, followed by a defensive and offensive workout.  During the live BP portion, hitters used Blast Motion sensors to measure pre-contact analytics and TrackMan measured ball flight off the bat.

Today we dive into some of the some of the position players that made a quick impression.  The Quick Hitters blog is not intended to be a "top prospect" list, but rather a quick glance at some of the players that had a good day..  More information will come as the PBR Scouting Staff continues to dive head first into all of the information gathered.

CLICK HERE to see the roster and full statistics from the PBR Scout Day with TPA.

By The Numbers:

  • 34 players went through the offensive workout
  • 3 players ran a sub-7.00 sixty
  • 7 player ran a sub-7.25 sixty
  • 2 outfielders flashed arm strength above 88 mph
  • 4 catchers posted a top pop time of 2.20 or better
  • 5 players had an exit velocity of 90 mph or better off the tee
  • 14 players posted an exit velocity of 85mph or higher off the tee
  • 12 arms from TPA's program threw controlled bullpens
  • 4 arms were 83 or better


Quick Hitters: TPA Position Players


Payton Bloom, OF/SS, 2021  --  Athleticism showed offensively and defensively. Ran a sub-7 60 with his arm reaching 90 mph from the outfield. Loose, fluid swing lining balls to both gaps with strength. Has projection left in 6-foot-2 frame.

Aaron Bryant, OF/1B, 2023  -  Left hand hitter with quick hands. Showed feel for his barrel lining balls middle and to his pull side. Frame has room to add strength.

Brendan Burke, C/1B, 2021  -- Physical presence in the box from the left side. Lots of loud contact during batting practice, lining balls all over the field. Exit velocity at 94 mph off a tee. Arm has carry from behind the plate topping at 80 mph.

Ethan Clinkscales, OF, 2022  --  Showed his quickness running a 6.73 in the 60. Continues to make jumps offensively from the left side. Short swing with quickness and does a good job handling balls on the outer half.

Shea DeFalco, OF/LHP, 2021  --  Fluid, loose swing from the left side with barrel feel and bat speed. Balanced approach lining balls to both gaps. Athletic in the outfield with accuracy and carry to his throws.

David Dilday, 3B/RHP, 2021  --  Put together solid rounds of batting practice. Fluid swing with the ball coming hard off his barrel. Arm has carry across the diamond.

Hayden Henry, OF/LHP, 2023  --  Left hand hitter with quickness to his hands. Drove the ball to the left center gap with better than average bat speed and barrel awareness. Athletic movements in the outfield.

Brady Nathison, OF/LHP, 2023  --  Made lots of hard contact during batting practice showing pop to his pull side. Better than average bat speed and has room to add strength to his frame. Fluid actions defensively with an accurate arm.

Landon Sykes, RHP/3B, 2022  --  Athletic in the box with loose, quick hands. Consistently centered balls up during batting practice with pop to his pull side. Above average hands defensively with some carry to his throws across the diamond. Room for growth left in 6-foot-4 frame.

Billy Waldron, OF, 2022  --  NC State commit. Got his swing off with intent during batting practice. Left the yard multiple times to his pull side. Frame has added strength to go with his loose, quick hands.

Kameron Walker, SS/OF, 2021  --  Athletic on both sides of the ball with projection left in his frame. Loose swing with bat speed and feel for his barrel. Exit velocity at 92 mph off a tee. Above average hands on the infield with a quick release and accurate arm. Has the tools to see his game jump in the near future.

Darrien Whitaker, OF/LHP, 2021  --  Athletic build, projection and arm strength continue to stand out. Has above average bat speed from the left side with barrel feel working middle to his pull side. Fluid defender with accuracy and carry to his throws.

Jonah Oster, 3B/C, 2021  --  Uses the whole field with strength. Quick hands with feel for his barrel and above average bat speed. Better than average hands on the infield with carry to his throws to first base.

Cameron Kaplinger, 2B/RHP, 2022  --  Has above average barrel feel from the left side. Hands are quick with a short path to the ball. Balanced, staying gap to gap during batting practice.