SBA Canes 15U Workout: Player Evals




By Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

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The Showcase Baseball Academy is located in Charlotte, NC and runs the SBA Canes teams at a variety of age groups.  Breaking from the summer grind, SBA kept several of their 15U teams at home of the weekend of June 28 - July 1 to participate in a intra-organization World Series.  SBA divided their 15U players into 3 teams and competed over two days, in four games, for the right to play a championship game on July 1st.

PBR was there for a majority of the series, evaluating and taking notes on the players in the SBA system.  On Saturday, PBR ran the position players through a full pro-style workout, including a sixty, live BP, and defensive evaluation.

Below is a look at each player's performance from the pro-style workout, All of the statistical information and most of the evaluations came from the workout portion of the weekend.

SBA Canes - 2020

 

 

Brett Adams OF / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2020

 

Average build in a left handed hitter that works from a tall base with an average stride.  Better than average bat speed has a level path, working gap-to-gap with a fluid rhythm.  Handsy, showing a feel for the barrel and how to get to the baseball.  Exit velocity peaked at 76 mph.  Long arm stroke worked to an over-the-top slot showing some carry and flashing a feel for accuracy.  Quick and clean with the exchange after playing through the ball with athleticism.  Arm speed measured at 74 mph.  Ran a 7.63 sixty.  


 

 

 

 

Taisei Asano RHP / OF / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

 

Some strength in a still maturing body.  A day after working on the bump showed average carry and well above average accuracy from the outfield.  Plays through the baseball with ease and clean exchanges.  Works to a long arm stroke, bottoming out slightly.  Over-the-top slot touched 70 from right field.  Ran a 7.69 sixty.  Right handed hitter is balanced with a wide base.  Weight shift load, small stride.  Lacks some back side action.  Found the barrel with a hook type swing producing a lot of pull side comfort.  Exit velocity topped at 81 off the barrel.  


 

 

 

 

Connor Ashley C / Covenant Day School, NC / 2021

 

Slightly open and tall to start from the right side, loads back, using a weight shift for timing.  Leg kick and short stride convert to a level path, producing line drives, staying in the middle of the field. Good rhythm but needs to continue to add strength and quickness to the bat.  Frame is still developing.  Showed a feel for the barrel in BP.  Exit velocity measured at 70 off the barrel.  Pop times ranged 2.43-2.58 with a positional velocity of 63 out of the crouch.  Long arm action and low exchange created some fade on the baseball.  Ran a 8.17 sixty


 

 

 

 

Andrei Beal RHP / 3B / Parkwood, NC / 2020

 

Strong frame showed some carry on the ball from the outfield.  Arm speed measured at 78 mph with a long arm swing working to an over-the-top slot.  Showed accuracy.  Worked to play through the baseball, exchanging and transitioning the baseball with ease.  Balanced in the box, uses a short stride, with waggle in the bat head to start the swing.  Launch position is inconsistent with the waggle, creating some barrel awareness issues.  Exit velocity did ramp up to 79 mph off the barrel.  Heavy on the front side after the stride, looks for extension, staying in the middle of the field.  Ran a 7.70 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Michael Beunau SS / Sun Valley, NC / 2020

 

Lanky left handed hitter works from a crouched position, loading back, and using a short stride.  Stays gap-to-gap with good rhythm.  The bat speed can improve, and should with strength added to the frame.  Exit velocity peaked at 73 when on the barrel.  The ability to center the ball can improve.  Average hands work to funnel the ball to the midsection before a long arm arc transitions to a ¾ slot producing some carry across the infield.  Arm speed topped at 65 mph.  Accuracy was erratic as balls were played deep into the body creating some rhythm issues with the feet.  Ran a 7.94 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Dylan Burdette OF / Porter Ridge, NC / 2020

Strong frame with some quickness in the body.  Ran a 7.37 sixty and produced an exit velocity of 83 off the barrel.  Right handed hitter has a good feel for his hands and working to the baseball with strength.  Found the barrel consistently.  Balanced in the setup, loads down and in with the hands.  Leg kick gears to a short stride.  Better than average bat speed looks for extension with uphill leverage.  Slight tendency to the pull side gap.  Tends to catch the ball deep in the outfield, creating a slower transition to a short arm action and high-¾ slot.  Accuracy was just average, with balls fading at times.  Positional velocity topped at 74 mph.  


 

 

 

 

Joe Cobb OF / North Lincoln, NC / 2020

Arm works with looseness, playing through the ball with a clean exchange to a long arm action and high-¾ slot.  Flashed accuracy with average carry at 71 mph out of the hand.  Right handed hitter works from a tall base, slightly closed.  Hands drop to the launch position.  Uphill path with a pull tendency.  Some stiffness in the swing from setup through contact.  Exit velocity peaked at 72.  Ran a 7.89 sixty


 

 

 

 

Chase Corbett 1B / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2020

Big body that has some strength.  Right handed hitter works from an open stance.  Long, aggressive stride with a good back side produces average bat speed.  Hands start high and drop into the slot.  Some length in the swing but produced line drives exiting the bat at 76 mph.  

Strength over quickness at this time in the swing.  At first base, showed good feet for his size, working with a fluid nature and clean exchanges.  Short arm action gets to a high-¾ release.  Positional velocity topped at 60 mph, a day after pitching.  Ran a 8.09 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Siddhant Doshi 1B / RHP / Ardrey Kell, NC / 2020

Lanky frame that can add strength in the coming years.  Tall base at the dish, using a leg kick to get to a short stride.  Better than average bat speed, works slightly uphill, staying in the middle of the field.  Strength over quickness right now.  Works to create energy through the swing, creating some head discipline issues at times.  Barrel awareness can improve with the head discipline.  Good rhythm.  Exit velocity topped at 81 mph.  Defensively, catches the ball deep with some stabbing in the hands.  Low exchanges to a high-¾ slot showing accuracy with a positional velocity of 65 mph.  Ran an 8.03 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Brendan Folkers LHP / 1B / Fuquay Varina, NC / 2020

Left handed hitter starts tall and slightly closed.  Back foot lacks leverage in setup.  Weight shift load to a short stride.  Average bat speed works slightly uphill with a heavy emphasis on the pull side.  Setup can get him tied up at times.  Did show some pull pop in games.  Exit velocity topped at 76 off the barrel.  Defensively, worked to play through balls with average hands.  Clean exchanges.  Did not throw as he pitched the day prior.  Ran a 7.67 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Sam Goldstein / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2020

Balanced and slightly open from the right side, uses a smooth, controlled load and short stride to get to a level path, wanting extension.  Quick bat, stayed in the middle of the field.  Bat stays in the zone a long time.  Strength is present in the swing.  Exit velocity peaked at 76 mph.  Good rhythm throughout the BP session.  Defensively, workst to take direct paths to the ball, sitting into a field position, playing through his heels at times. Funnels to the midsection.  Long arm arc to a high-¾ slot with accuracy.  Positional velocity touched 72 across the diamond.  Ran a 7.76 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Carson Harris / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Ran a 7.44 sixty and showed arm strength of 74 mph from the outfield.  Works to play through the ball with clean exchanges that are cautious as they work to a short arm action and over-the-top slot.  Some restriction in the arm.  Long levers on the right handed hitter.  Starts tall, loading to a near barred front arm, with a vertical bat.  Glide hitter gets to his front side with a level path and good rhythm.  Stays in the middle of the field. Lacked barrel awareness.  Exit velocity off the barrel topped at 71 mph.


 

 

 

 

Andrew Henri OF / Carolina International, NC / 2020

Young left handed hitter with room to add needed strength to the frame.  Athletic base and uses a small leg kick.  Hands load down and in.  Works to stay level and in the middle of the field.  Exit velocity peaked at 68.  Clean actions in the outfield.  Smooth through the baseball working to a high-¾ slot.  Arm bottoms out in the arc creating some effort and front side clearance.  Lacked sustained carry, at 68 mph, with average accuracy.  Ran a 7.74 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Nick Horstkamp OF / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Good athlete, ran a 7.20 sixty.  Simple swing from the right side is repeatable.  Balanced with a slight crouch stays flat through the zone, working the gaps.  Good rhythm and head stability.  Strength needs to be added to the frame and swing.   Showed barrel awareness.  Exit velocity peaked at 69 mph.  From the outfield, uses a short, loose arm action to get to a high-¾ slot.  Does hook the baseball out of the glove slightly.  Clean and easy effort produced average accuracy and carry.  Arm speed topped at 68 mph from right field.    

 

 

 

 

Jake Johnson SS / Charlotte Catholic, NC / 2020

Good head stability from the right handed hitter.  Exit velocity topped at 68 off the barrel.  Bat sweeps through the zone, staying flat.  Pull tendency.  On the infield, direct path to the ball, sitting and becoming a little stiff at the catch.  Low exchange position is clean working to an over-the-top slot with a long arm arc.  Arm measured 68 mph across the infield.  Ran a 8.68 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Nicholas Kidd 3B / West Caldwell, NC / 2020

Big bodied right handed hitter works with aggression.  Strength over quickness, showing some feel for the barrel.  Balanced setup, stays level through the zone, working the middle of the field.  A little stiff as he gets on his front side producing an exit velocity of 77 mph.  Caught the ball consistently.  Plays through his heels with a long exchange and arm action.  Over-the-top slot worked to 70 mph across the infield.  


 

 

 

 

Cooper King RHP / SS / Carmel Christian, NC / 2020

Lanky athlete with some quickness in the body.  Right handed hitter works with a flat bat, loading to vertical in an athletic stance.  Loose through the zone with better than average bat speed.  Stays level and gets extension, working the middle of the field.  Back side explodes through the baseball creating an exit velocity of 82 off the barrel.  Average barrel awareness with the head drifting at times through the swing.  Frame can handle additional strength and power down the road can be projected.  Fluid on the infield with soft hands.  Quick, clean exchanges from an athletic position as the ball is funneled to the midsection.  East catch-ability.  Arm showed carry at 74 across the diamond, never cutting it completely loose.  Ran a 7.86 sixty.

 

 

 

 

Carson Lankford / Gaston Christian, NC / 2020

Right handed hitter works from an open stance.  Smooth load back and average stride produces better than average bat speed.  Stays level, wanting extension.  Works the middle of the field with an exit velocity of 72 mph off the barrel.  Good rhythm, long at times, but showed an ability to shorten up in the second round.  Average barrel awareness.  Ran a 8.36 sixty.

 

 

 

 

Avery Lewis SS / Weddington, NC / 2020

Average build with some length to his limbs.  Balanced and crouched from the right side.  Uses a short stride.  Stays level, wanting extension.  Some stiffness as the bat sweeps through the zone.  Exit velocity peaked at 69 mph.  On the infield, gets caught on his heels at times, catching the ball deep.  Transfers to his right hip, with a cautious transfer.  Long arm arc has some restriction to a high-¾ slot.  Arm speed topped at 65 across the diamond.  Ran a 7.86 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Alex Luna / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Right handed hitter works from a balanced, athletic position.  Short level swing works to create average bat speed and an exit velocity of 70 off the barrel.  Good rhythm, stayed gap-to-gap.  Direct path created barrel awareness.  Utilizes a leg kick and short stride.  Frame can handle strength as he matures.


 

 

 

 

Michael McKinney / Hickory Ridge, NC / 2020

Outfielder worked to play through balls transitioning to a long, clean exchange and an over-the-top slot.  Average accuracy and projection to an average carry as he matures.  Arm speed topped at 65 from right field.  In the box, works from a closed stance, dropping his hands down and in, to the launch position.  Leg kick loads him back, using a short stride to transition.  Wants extension with a pull tendency.  Swing can get long from due to the launch position of the hands.   Exit velocity off the barrel topped at 69 mph.  Ran a 8.37 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Jordan OHagen 3B / 1B / Piedmont, NC / 2020

Right handed hitter showed a feel for the barrel and strength in BP and in game situations.  Balanced setup, has good head stability and a simple approach.  Quick bat works with some uphill leverage, staying gap-to-gap, producing line drives.  Good rhythm, showed an ability to be on time.  Average barrel awareness in BP.  Exit velocity topped at 75 in the workout but showed better in games.  On the infield, catches the ball consistently.  Typically deep with his hands and working off his heels.  Clean exchanges became long to load the feet and arm.  Long arm action has some stiffness as hit works to a high-¾ slot.  Lack consistent accuracy but showed carry at 76 mph across the diamond.  Ran a 7.51 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Ryan Onson / Sun Valley, NC / 2020

Right handed hitter works from a wide, balanced base.  Weight shift back starts his timing.  Limited to no stride, as the weight shift will lift the foot slightly at times.  Good head discipline and an average feel for the barrel.  Works level through the zone, staying gap-to-gap.  Some length in the swing.   Exit velocity touched 75.  Plays tall on the infield, lacking bend in the hips, with average hands and clean exchanges.  Short arm stroke to an over-the-top slot with accuracy.  73 mph across the diamond out of the hand.  Ran a 7.60 sixity.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Sarno C / RHP / Charlotte Catholic, NC / 2020

Big bodied back stop with nimble feet for his size.  Lacks some bend in the hips, receiving high.  Low exchanges, in front of his chest and belt were clean working to a short arm swing and an over-the-top slot.  Good accuracy but lacked some carry, touching 63 mph from the crouch with pop times ranging 2.19-2.43.  In the box, works from a balanced stance, loading back, almost barring the front arm.  Level and long through the hitting zone.  Hooky action with the top hand producing a pull tendency.  Aggressive, maintained good head stability.  Exit velocity topped at 75 off the barrel.

 

 

 

 

Shawn Sikes / Piedmont, NC / 2020

Good fundamental setup across the board.  Young frame will add strength as he matures.  Strength is needed.  Shows feel for speed of the game on defense.  Tends to play around his arm strength more in the workout setting.  Average hands with good rhythm in the feet.  Active feet with a flat first step at times.  Clean exchanges negated the ball getting deep at times.  Long arm action showed an ability to manipulate the slot based on the throw.  Arm swing shortened in game action as well.  Good accuracy across the diamond, measuring 70 mph. Right handed hitter has a simple and direct approach, producing barrel consistently in BP and in the game.  Short, compact swing with average bat speed created line drives, staying in the middle of the field.  Exit velocity topped at 70.  Ran a 7.66 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Chase Speicher / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Right handed hitter starts balanced and slightly open.  Good rhythm and head discipline throughout.  Long stride works to better than average bat speed.  Stays level through the zone producing line drives and staying in the middle of the field.  Exit velocity topped at 78 off the barrel.  Caught the ball consistently on the infield with some effort in the hands and arm.  Works off his heels, some stiffness through the exchange to a long arm swing.  High-¾ slot has the front side bailing early creating fade on the ball across the diamond at 65 mph.  Accuracy waned with the fading action.  Ran a 7.52 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Andrew Stiffel / Cox Mill, NC / 2020

Plays through the baseball on the infield with average hands and clean exchanges.   Funnels to the midsection as the feet work with some effort to get through the transition.  Long arm arc produces a high-¾ slot, flashing accuracy at 66 mph across the field.  In the box, sweeps the bat through the zone, staying level with a pull tendency.  Early strider starts balanced using a minimal stride.  Exit velocity topped at 72 mph .  Ran a 8.08 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Boston Taggert 1B / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2020

Lanky athlete with some looseness to him.  Aggressive in the box, working from a tall setup.  Lower half is extremely aggressive through the baseball helping create a quick bat that stays level through the zone.  Fluid rhythm is rushed at times as the front foot is late getting down.  Line drive approach stays gap-to-gap.  Good head discipline.  Average barrel production, almost thin through the ball at times with an exit velocity of 71.  Defensively, looked athletic and clean with catch and exchange from first base.  Long arm arc worked to an over-the-top slot that floated down when the footwork quickened.  Never cut the ball loose, sitting at 58 mph on throws from first.  Ran a 7.42 sixty.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Thalacker / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Wide setup in the box that loads back with a weight shift and uses a short stride to create extension.  Uphill bat path works to stay gap-to-gap with a lean to the pull side gap.  Average head stability and barrel awareness.  Exit velocity peaked at 75 off the barrel.  Defensively, a raw approach through the ball, working to play through.  Clean exchanges that took some time to get the feet and arm synced back up.  Long arm action, turning the ball over early in the arm swing.  Over-the-top slot showed some accuracy and average carry at 73 mph out of the hand.  Ran a 7.75 sixty.

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Thompson 2B / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Balanced setup from the right side.  Loads back with a short stride.  Average bat speed works uphill wanting extension.  Stayed in the middle of the field with some barrel ability.  Exit velocity peaked at 69 mph.  Some effort in the catch defensively.  Tends to catch balls deep with active feet.  Long exchanges are clean as the arm works to an over-the-top slot showing some accuracy.  Positional velocity topped at 68 across the diamond.  Ran a 7.94 sixty.


 

 

 

 

Wes Turley OF / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2020

Quick twitch athlete with some strength in his frame already.  Plenty of time for maturity and added strength.  Turned in a 6.92 sixty.   Arm measured 76 mph from the outfield with a long, over-the-top action producing some accuracy and better than average carry.  Worked quick to the ball and through the ball, catching and exchanging cleanly, with athleticism.  Offensively, a right handed hitter, works from a slightly open stance.  Hands load in, taking the bat head around his head slightly.  Average-plus bat speed is level through the zone with a pull tendency.  Some stiffness in the path, starting from the launch position.  Good head stability.  Average barrel awareness.  Exit velocity shows some strength at 79 mph.

 

 

 

 

Cole Williams OF / Myers Park, NC / 2020

Handsy left handed hitter that works with a slightly uphill approach.  Loose, stays inside the ball and gets it deep.  Good awareness of the barrel and its position.  Balanced setup, uses a short stride.  Simple and repeats.  Works for extension with fluid rhythm.  The hit tool looks to have a high ceiling if strength and quickness continue to improve.  Exit velocity peaked at 78 mph while he ran a 7.42 sixty.  Defensively the arm has accuracy and carry from the outfield, touching 73 from an over-the-top slot.  Fluid playing through the ball, shows athleticism.  Clean exchanges and a long, easy arm swing.


 

 

 

 

Aiden Wilson / Charlotte Christian, NC / 2020

Active feet and funnels to the midsection on the infield with fluid feet.  Clean exchanges lead to a short arm arc to a high-¾ slot.  Flashed a feel for accuracy.  Effort in the hands at the point of the catch.  Arm measured 69 mph across the diamond.  Right handed hitter works from an open stance.  Wants extension, staying level as the bat sweeps through the zone.  Produces line drives with a pull side emphasis.  Average barrel awareness with an exit velocity of 74 mph.  Ran a 7.93 sixty.