Statistical Analysis: 2020 Top Underclass Games


Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR of NC

Each year the North Carolina Top Underclass Games is a must see for college coaches and pro scouts.  The 2020 event featured close to 50 of the top uncommitted underclass players in the state.  Hosted at the Burlington Royals Stadium in Burlington, NC, players were treated to a 1st class playing surface to compliment the talent on hand.

The day featured a full pro-style workout for position players with a laser timed 60, full offensive and defensive workout, plus an 8 inning controlled scrimmage.  Pitchers threw live to hitters, allowing scouts to gauge stuff and pitch-ability. 

Today we take our 1st look at the event with an analysis of some of the stats produced, as well as leaders from several traditional statistics.  As PBR Scouts continue to pour over the efforts from the day, there will be more information released and more player analysis coming.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Top Underclass Games.

 

By the Numbers:

  • 44 players participated in the full pro-style workout
  • 2 players ran sub-7.00 sixties
  • 9 players ran sub-7.20 sixties
  • 12 hitters posted exit velocities of 90mph or higher off the tee
  • 23 hitters were at 85mph or better off the tee
  • 5 hitters flashed an exit velocity of 85mph or higher in live BP
  • 9 INF or OF showed arm strength of at least 83mph from their position
  • 3 catchers threw pop times of under 2.00 in the workout
  • 6 catchers flashed at least one pop time under 2.20 in the workout
  • 20 pitchers threw live in the game setting
  • 8 pitchers worked at 83 or higher
  • 87mph was the top bolt of the day

 

Statistical Analysis

 

THE 60 YARD DASH

Players ran a laser timed 60 yard dash at the outset of their workouts.  At each workout, the 60 was run on the warning track surface.

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Bristol Carter NC Northwest Guilford 2023 OF 6.67
2 Nigel Robinson NC Dudley 2023 OF 6.78
3 Luke Holland NC Hough 2022 OF 7.06
4 Jackson Berini NC Orange 2023 SS 7.09
5 Matthew McCray NC Croatan 2022 SS 7.14
6 Andrew Franz NC Northwest Guilford 2022 2B 7.15
7 Hunter Huneycutt NC Scotland 2023 C 7.16
^ Jordan Overton NC Rolesville 2022 C 7.16
^ John Scarbrough NC Pinecrest 2023 OF 7.16
8 Will Epstein NC Chapel Hill 2022 OF 7.28
9 Gavin Gallaher NC Crossroads Flex 2023 SS 7.31
10 Cole Irby NC Kings Mountain 2023 C 7.32

 

EXIT VELOCITY (OFF A TEE)

Hitters worked through offensive testing, including a static exit velocity test, working off a tee.  The exit velocity from live BP, gathered by TrackMan will be release soon.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Jordan Overton NC Rolesville 2022 C 94
2 Ethan Young NC Hickory Ridge 2022 3B 92
3 Luke Cannon NC North Lenoir 2023 RHP 91
^ Jimmy Lovelace NC Wake Forest 2023 RHP 91
^ Henry Mitchell NM Albuquerque Academy 2022 SS 91
^ Bristol Carter NC Northwest Guilford 2023 OF 91
^ Harrison Lewis NC West Forsyth 2023 RHP 91
^ William Blackburn NC Lincolnton 2023 1B 91
^ Nigel Robinson NC Dudley 2023 OF 91
^ Tanner Moore NC Southwest Guilford 2022 1B 91
4 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 90
^ Ryley Norton NC Pinecrest 2023 1B 90
5 Will Epstein NC Chapel Hill 2022 OF 89
6 Mayson Dear NC Union Pines 2023 C 88
^ Luke Holland NC Hough 2022 OF 88
^ Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 88
7 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 87
^ Matthew Gross SC P27 Academy 2023 3B 87
^ Gavin Gallaher NC Crossroads Flex 2023 SS 87
8 Matthew McCray NC Croatan 2022 SS 86
^ Mason Reising NC South Caldwell 2023 C 86
9 Isaiah Hipp NC RS Central 2023 OF 85
^ Hunter Whitten NC SW Guilford 2022 3B 85
10 Carson Morton NC West Stanly 2023 RHP 84
^ Blake Hollar NC Hopewell 2022 OF 84
^ Tristan Salinas NC Watauga 2023 SS 84

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – INFIELDERS

Infielders were able to workout at shorstop, throwing across the infield, or from 1B throwing to 2B and 3B in the pro-style workout.  Coaches are working to evaluate rhythm, footwork, hands, exchanges, arm action, accuracy, and carry.  To measure arm strength PBR Scouts utilize a radar gun.  Below are the top posted positional velocities from each day.

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Jackson Berini NC Orange 2023 SS 85
2 Jimmy Lovelace NC Wake Forest 2023 RHP 84
3 Henry Mitchell NM Albuquerque Academy 2022 SS 83
4 Ethan Young NC Hickory Ridge 2022 3B 82
5 Matthew Gross SC P27 Academy 2023 3B 81
^ Peyton Young NC Saint Stephens 2023 SS 81
^ Gavin Gallaher NC Crossroads Flex 2023 SS 81

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – OUTFIELDERS

Outfielders worked out from right field, making throws to the plate.  Scouts are able to watch exchanges, arm action, arm strength, carry, and accuracy in this type of workout.  PBR adds a radar reading to assist with adding a number to the arm strength grade.  Below are the top radar readings from the outfielder workouts.

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Chase Arrington NC North Raleigh Christian 2023 RHP 87
2 Nigel Robinson NC Dudley 2023 OF 86
3 Brantley Truitt NC East Mecklenburg 2023 OF 85
^ Bristol Carter NC Northwest Guilford 2023 OF 85
4 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 84
5 Gavin Gallaher NC Crossroads Flex 2023 SS 83

 

CATCHER POP TIMES & POSITIONAL VELOCITY

In the pro-style workout, catchers workout from behind home plate, making multiple throws to 2B, simulating a stolen base attempt.  Scouts again are looking for a quick, clean transition to the release as well as carry and accuracy on the throw.  For catchers, evaluators will put a stopwatch on the “pop time” or the time the ball hits their glove to the time the ball hits the MIF’s glove at 2B.  Coaches can also time the transition from when the ball hits the catchers glove to when he is able to release his throw.  PBR scouts add the radar gun to put a number on the arm strength out of the crouched position.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Mayson Dear NC Union Pines 2023 C 1.97-2.07
2 Mason Reising NC South Caldwell 2023 C 1.98-2.06
3 Dylan Kelly NC Lee County 2023 C 1.99-2.11

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Mayson Dear NC Union Pines 2023 C 78
2 Mason Reising NC South Caldwell 2023 C 73
^ Eli McCoy NC Scotland 2023 C 73
^ Cole Irby NC Kings Mountain 2023 C 73
^ Dylan Kelly NC Lee County 2023 C 73
^ Austin Renn NC Holly Springs 2023 C 73
3 Tyson Merritt NC West Forsyth 2023 C 70

 

MAX FASTBALL

Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen for scouts at each Uncommitted Showcase.  TrackMan was used to track and verify all velocity readings. A Stalker Pro SII was also used to flash velocities to an LED board for the player videos, and so the pitcher had some feel for his performance.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Henry Mitchell NM Albuquerque Academy 2022 SS 87 mph
2 Chase Arrington NC North Raleigh Christian 2023 RHP 85 mph
3 Ethan Young NC Hickory Ridge 2022 3B 84 mph
^ Ethan Suchenski NC Combine Academy 2024 RHP 84 mph
^ Luke Cannon NC North Lenoir 2023 RHP 84 mph
^ Carson Morton NC West Stanly 2023 RHP 84 mph
4 Jimmy Lovelace NC Wake Forest 2023 RHP 83 mph
^ Matthew Gross SC P27 Academy 2023 3B 83 mph
5 Harrison Lewis NC West Forsyth 2023 RHP 82 mph
^ Hunter Whitten NC SW Guilford 2022 3B 82 mph