Statistical Analysis: C35 Scout Day


Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR of NC

PBR Scout Days have become a unique source of information for coaches, scouts, and players.  On Thursday August 20th, PBR Scouts were in attendance at JP Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville, NC to host the C35 Baseball Organization.  Thirty-five players from the organization went through the workout, producing some eye-catching numbers.

The workout included a full pro-style workout for position players.  The day began with a laser timed 60 yard dash before moving into the offensive evaluations.  The offensive evaluations included a static exit velocity test, working off of a tee, and several rounds of live BP with Blast Motion and TrackMan securing advanced analytics.  Position players then worked through their defensive positions for PBR scouts.   The day concluded with pitchers throwing controlled bullpens with TrackMan gathering ball flight information.

While the Scout Day began with ideal conditions to begin, a severe rain storm hit the stadium in the middle of the C35 bullpens.  As we post these stats on 8/24/20, we are still working to see eleven more arms in bullpen situations.  Once the bullpens are thrown, this story, and some of the following stories will be updated and re-posted.

Below we jump into our first look at the C35 Scout Day with some of the statistics produced by players in attendance.  CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistical output from the Scout Day.

By The Numbers:

  • 35 players worked through the Scout Day
  • 32 players ran the laser timed 60 on a grass surface that was slightly soft from rain throughout the week
  • 2 players ran sub 7.00
  • 8 players ran sub 7.30
  • 32 hitters went through the offensive workout
  • 2 players posted an static exit velocity of 90 mph or higher off the tee
  • 7 hitters posted an exit velocity of 85 mph or higher off the tee
  • 89 mph was the top fastball thrown in the bullpens

 

C35 Scout Day

 

THE 60 YARD DASH

Players ran a laser timed 60 yard dash during the positional rotations.  The 60 was run on the grass surface at JP Riddle Stadium.  The surface may have been a bit slow due to torrential rain over the previous week.  The start was firm, but there were a couple of areas of the 60 yard course that were just a bit soft.

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Jake Montgomery NC Holly Springs 2023 OF 6.80
2 Alston Johnson NC Richmond Senior 2022 2B 6.90
3 Hunter Huneycutt NC Scotland 2023 C 7.04
4 Hunter Meeds NC Union Pines 2023 OF 7.14
5 Cullen Martin NC Pinecrest 2022 OF 7.21

 

EXIT VELOCITY (OFF A TEE)

Hitters worked through offensive testing, including a static exit velocity test, working off a tee.  Below are the top recorded exit velocities at this station.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Ryder Douglas NC Union Pines 2022 RHP 97
2 Will Dawkins NC Richmond Senior 2022 RHP 91
3 Ryley Norton NC Pinecrest 2023 1B 87
^ Landen Baker NC Southern Nash 2023 1B 87
4 Jake Montgomery NC Holly Springs 2023 OF 86
5 Camden Bunker NC Pinecrest 2022 SS 85
^ Jackson Kuhn NC Pinecrest 2022 C 85

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – INFIELDERS

Infielders were able to workout at shorstop, on a simulated infield, built to scale, in the outfield, throwing across the infield, or from 1B throwing 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 Camden Bunker NC Pinecrest 2022 SS 83
2 Micah Monaghan NC Union Pines 2022 2B 80
^ Trent McBurnett NC Southern Lee County 2022 SS 80
3 Landen Baker NC Southern Nash 2023 1B 79
4 Finley Spicer NC Union Pines 2022 3B 78
^ Alston Johnson NC Richmond Senior 2022 2B 78
5 Skyler Mathis NC Pinecrest 2022 RHP 77
^ Cameron Cabe NC Lee County 2023 SS 77

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – OUTFIELDERS

Outfielders worked out from right field, making throws to the plate.  Throws were measured by a radar gun to gauge arm strength.  Scouts are also working to see exchange, arm path, carry, and accuracy.

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Jake Montgomery NC Holly Springs 2023 OF 77
2 Cullen Martin NC Pinecrest 2022 OF 73
3 Nick DiCarlo NC Pinecrest 2022 OF 72

 

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.  PBR Scouts did measure the distance from home to 2B on the simulated INF to make sure the distance was accurate.  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 Hunter Huneycutt NC Scotland 2023 C 1.99-2.16
2 Landen Baker NC Southern Nash 2023 1B 2.10-2.25
3 Colin Wheeler NC Richmond Sr 2022 C 2.21-2.44

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Landen Baker NC Southern Nash 2023 1B 79
2 Jackson Kuhn NC Pinecrest 2022 C 77
3 Colin Wheeler NC Richmond Sr 2022 C 74

 

MAX FASTBALL

Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen for scouts.  The Stalker Pro SII was giving readings to pitchers and scouts via an LED board throughout the bullpen.  At the same time, TrackMan was running, gathering all ball flight metrics from the time of release to the time the pitch was received.  For all velocity readings the TrackMan is the trusted source used for statistical analysis.

Rank Name State School Class Pos FB
1 Ryder Douglas NC Union Pines 2022 RHP 88-89 mph
2 Kale Scruggs NC Southern Lee 2023 RHP 81-86 mph
3 Lane Roberson NC Scotland 2021 RHP 82-84 mph
4 Kaydin Dixon NC Southern Wake 2022 OF 80-84 mph
5 Camden Bunker NC Pinecrest 2022 SS 82-83 mph