Statistical Breakdown: Carolina Rockies Scout Day


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 PBR of North Carolina was on hand at High Point Christian for a scout day with the Carolina Rockies. 48 total players participated with grad years ranging from the 2022-2025 classes. 

After the players stretched, catchers started the day going through their defensive evaluation making throws to second base with coaches recording pop times and coaches grading accuracy and carry with their velocities being recorded by the Stalker Radar Gun. Pitchers then threw a controlled bullpen of 15-20 pitches showcasing their arsenal of pitches and Trackman gathering Ball Flight data. After the pitchers, position players began their workout by running a laser timed 60, followed by batting practice on the field and Trackman collecting ball flight analytics. The day finished with infielders and outfielders going through a defensive evaluation. 

Below we take our first look at some of the numbers collected throughout the event. 

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By the Numbers

  • 48 total players
  • 8 players ran a 7.20 or better 60 on the lasers
  • 3 infield arms topped at 80 mph or higher
  • 6 outfield arms reached 81 mph or higher
  • 3 catcher arm velocities were recorded at 74 mph or better
  • 4 catchers had pop times of 2.10 or lower
  • 13 hitters had an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher
  • 5 fastballs topped at 86 mph or higher
  • 2 pitchers had fastballs reach 89 mph
  • 2476 rpm was the top fastball spin
  • 2866 rpm was the top curveball spin

 

Statistical Breakdown

THE 60 YARD DASH

Players ran a laser timed 60 yard dash to start the day. The 60 was ran on a natural surface. 

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Tyson Adams NC West Forsyth 2023 OF 6.75
2 Tate Allison NC Pine Lake Prep 2023 OF 6.93
3 Nick Bresson NC Ronald Reagan 2023 OF 6.95
4 Tyshorn Phillip NC Mount Tabor 2022 OF 7.04
5 Logan Beane NC Forbush 2022 2B 7.08

TRACKMAN MAX EXIT VELOCITY (BP)

During BP, TrackMan tracked ball flight off the bat.  One element TrackMan is able to produce is the exit velocity.  Below are the top Exit Velocities produced during live BP.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Trace Aufderhar NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 98.4 mph
2 Trevor Hilburn NC Union Pines 2022 OF 96.7 mph
3 Dylan Story NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 95.3 mph
4 RYLAN VENABLE NC Mount Airy 2024 RHP 94.9 mph
5 Nick Bresson NC Ronald Reagan 2023 OF 92.4 mph

TRACKMAN MAX DISTANCE (BP)

During BP, TrackMan tracked ball flight off the bat.  One element TrackMan is able to produce is the distance each hit travels, if in fair territory.  Below are the top max distances produced during live BP.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Trace Aufderhar NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 349 ft
2 Bailey Smith NC Ledford 2022 C 334 ft
3 Tyshorn Phillip NC Mount Tabor 2022 OF 318 ft
4 Logan Beane NC Forbush 2022 2B 315 ft
5 Cameron Taylor NC North Surry 2023 RHP 314 ft

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – INFIELDERS

Infielders were able to workout at shortstop 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 the day.

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Logan Beane NC Forbush 2022 2B 83
2 Jack Brodeur NC CE Jordan 2025 RHP 81
3 Alex Choim NC Southern Alamance 2022 C 80
4 Dylan Story NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 79
5 Davin Whitaker NC Davie County 2023 3B 78
^ Marshall Buchanan TN West Ridge 2022 RHP 78
^ Owen Smith NC High Point Christian Academy 2023 3B 78

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 Trace Aufderhar NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 88
2 Davin Whitaker NC Davie County 2023 3B 87
3 RYLAN VENABLE NC Mount Airy 2024 RHP 84
4 Tyshorn Phillip NC Mount Tabor 2022 OF 83
5 Tate Allison NC Pine Lake Prep 2023 OF 82

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 C Velo
1 Alex Choim NC Southern Alamance 2022 C 80
2 Bailey Smith NC Ledford 2022 C 79
3 Hunter Koontz NC Central Davidson 2022 C 74
4 Marshall Buchanan TN West Ridge 2022 RHP 73
^ Canyon Pennington NC Ashe County 2023 C 73
5 Britt Berrier VA Carroll County 2025 C 70

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Bailey Smith NC Ledford 2022 C 1.94-2.08
2 Alex Choim NC Southern Alamance 2022 C 2.00-2.13
3 Canyon Pennington NC Ashe County 2023 C 2.08-2.12
4 Hunter Koontz NC Central Davidson 2022 C 2.10-2.12
5 Britt Berrier VA Carroll County 2025 C 2.18-2.32

TRACKMAN INFO - PITCHER BULLPENS

Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen showcasing their full arsenal of pitches. Velocity and spin rate information was gathered off of the TrackMan. TrackMan analytics are the official analytics and the velocities below were captured by TrackMan.

Max Fastball Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Trace Aufderhar NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 88.8 mph
2 RYLAN VENABLE NC Mount Airy 2024 RHP 88.6 mph
3 Davin Whitaker NC Davie County 2023 3B 86.6 mph
4 Jarred Lindholm NC Oak Grove 2023 RHP 86.6 mph
5 Dylan Story NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 85.8 mph

Max Fastball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Davin Whitaker NC Davie County 2023 3B 2476 rpm
2 Dylan Story NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 2467 rpm
3 Trace Aufderhar NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 2439 rpm
4 Jarred Lindholm NC Oak Grove 2023 RHP 2379 rpm
5 Trevor Hilburn NC Union Pines 2022 OF 2365 rpm

Max Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Davin Whitaker NC Davie County 2023 3B 2866 rpm
2 Dylan Story NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 2304 rpm
3 Trace Aufderhar NC High Point Christian 2023 RHP 2289 rpm
4 Tony Lopez NC High Point Christian 2024 RHP 2278 rpm
5 RYLAN VENABLE NC Mount Airy 2024 RHP 2277 rpm