Statistical Leaders: Preseason All-State West


Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR NC

On Sunday January 26th, ninety-one of the top players in the state of North Carolina converged at the Ultimate Performance Sports Center in Matthews, NC.  The Preseason All-State showcase event is the top winter event in North Carolina year after year and with the increased demand, there are now two sessions, an east and a west.  Below we take our first look at some player notes from the Preseason All-State West.

The day consisted of a full pro-style workout with pitchers throwing controlled bullpens, followed by defensive workouts for the position players.  Hitters were able to go through multiple cages to get loose prior to moving through two exit velocity stations.  Live BP was taken in a large cage, allowing scouts and coaches to see the ball fly off the bat.

Throughout the workout, PBR scouts were taking metrics on players while evaluating their complete skill set.  Today we take a look at each category as well as the leaders in those categories.  As we continue to dive into all of the information gathered, players will receive a full evaluation and the PBR staff will put together top prospect lists from the event.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Preseason All-State West

Preseason All-State West – By the Numbers:

  • 91 players went through the workout at Ultimate Performance
  • 36 pitchers threw controlled bullpens
  • 80 hitters went through offensive and defensive workouts
  • 24 players ran a sub-4.00 on the 30 yard laser timed sprint
  • 33 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher
  • 9 of 19 catchers posted a pop time of 2.10 or lower
  • 7 Outfielders posted a positional velocity of 90 mph or higher
  • 10 Pitchers worked at 86 or higher
  • 3 arms touched 90 or better
  • 2468rpm was the top fastball spin rate at the event.

 

Statistical Leaders: Preseason All-State West

 

THE 30 YARD DASH

With the event being held indoors and a January date, PBR's staff decided to run a laser timed 30 yard dash instead of a sixty.  The high school season is right around the corner and the 30 provides a slightly safer alternative as players are just getting back into form.  At Ultimate Performance there is plenty of room to run a full sixty on the laser timer, giving coaches and scouts another metric to measure players against. 

Seventy-eight players ran the 30 with twenty-four running sub 4.00.  4.08 was the median run time of the players at the event.  Below are the top times from the Preseason All-State West.

(Note: The chart lists this category as Home to First, however this was a straight 30 yard dash from a steal break.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos H-1st
1 Vance Honeycutt NC Salisbury 2021 SS 3.73
2 Parker Johnson NC Christ School 2021 RHP 3.79
^ Devin Tonkins NC Greensboro Day 2021 OF 3.79
3 Logan Hall NC Myers Park 2021 OF 3.80
4 Drew Gugino NC Lake Norman Charter 2021 OF 3.82
5 Bain Sipe NC Maiden 2020 RHP 3.83
6 Evan Wyrick NC Northern Guilford 2022 C 3.84
7 Darrien Whitaker NC Combine Academy 2021 OF 3.87
8 Cole Williams NC Myers Park 2020 OF 3.89
^ Isaac Armstrong NC East Lincoln 2023 SS 3.89
9 James Hobbs NC Myers Park 2020 SS 3.90
^ Calvert Clark NC Charlotte Christian 2022 RHP 3.90
10 Michael Posse NC Christ School 2022 RHP 3.93
^ Colby Umbarger NC North Iredell 2023 OF 3.93

 

Exit Velocity

Eighty offensive players went through multiple rounds off of a tee to gauge their exit velocity.  Players were afforded the opportunity to use their bat and bats supplied by Mizuno.  Thirty-three players posted an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher with the top bolt getting to triple digits.  The median exit velocity posted came in at 88 mph.

The comparison of the player bat vs. the Mizuno bat was intriguing.  The median exit velocity for each bat came in at 88 mph.  Forty-two hitters posted their high exit velocity using the Mizuno bat.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 John Newton NC Cuthbertson 2021 OF 100
2 Jeb Despard NC Marvin Ridge 2021 C 99
^ Ryder Douglas NC Union Pines 2022 RHP 99
^ Gus Shelton NC Randleman 2022 1B 99
^ Michael Gracer NC Northwest Cabarrus 2021 1B 99
3 Brooks Brannon NC Randleman 2022 C 98
^ Calvert Clark NC Charlotte Christian 2022 RHP 98
4 Andrew Grande NC Christ School 2021 3B 95
^ Harrison Bobbitt NC Myers Park 2021 C 95
5 Michael Posse NC Christ School 2022 RHP 94
6 Ick Cirino NC Hickory Ridge 2021 SS 93
^ Tyler Zedalis NC Cox Mill 2023 SS 93
^ Andrew Schuldt NC Hough 2021 C 93
^ Wesley Lug NC William Amos Hough 2021 C 93
^ Nick Alderfer NC Cox Mill 2021 SS 93
^ Jack Mullane NC Reagan 2021 OF 93
7 Gavin Mortenson NC Northwest Guilford 2020 SS 92
^ Jack Shaw NC Myers Park 2020 OF 92
^ Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 92
^ Jaxon Cogdill NC East Gaston 2022 C 92
8 Isaac Armstrong NC East Lincoln 2023 SS 91
^ Bain Sipe NC Maiden 2020 RHP 91
^ Archie Dean Herring NC Greensboro Day 2021 OF 91
^ Derek Farley NC SouthLake Christian 2021 1B 91
^ Tyler Spruill NC Hillside 2021 OF 91
^ Brandon Goodman NC Combine Academy 2020 2B 91
^ Logan Hall NC Myers Park 2021 OF 91
^ Tanner Moore NC Southwest Guilford 2022 1B 91
9 James Hobbs NC Myers Park 2020 SS 90
^ Tate Ellis NC Ardrey Kell 2021 SS 90
^ Isaiah Mack NC Combine Academy 2023 3B 90
^ Evan Wyrick NC Northern Guilford 2022 C 90
^ Cole Williams NC Myers Park 2020 OF 90
10 Drew Gugino NC Lake Norman Charter 2021 OF 89
^ Colby Umbarger NC North Iredell 2023 OF 89
^ Colton Stotler NC West Wilkes 2020 3B 89
^ Vance Honeycutt NC Salisbury 2021 SS 89
^ Jacob Gorman NC Hough 2022 3B 89
^ Eli Agosto NC Lake Norman Charter 2021 C 89

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – INFIELDERS

With the indoor setup at Ultimate Performance, infielders were able to simulate a full length ground ball, working through an exchange and make a throw of approximately 120 feet to a target.  PBR scouts were able to watch the catch, footwork, hands, exchange, and release while gathering information off of a radar gun to give us a feel for arm strength.  Scouts were also able to see carry and accuracy on throws.  Thirty-nine infielders worked out for scouts present.  The median reading for the group checked in at 81 mph across the diamond.  Below are the top positional velocities for infielders from the Preseason All-State West.

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Gavin Mortenson NC Northwest Guilford 2020 SS 90
2 James Hobbs NC Myers Park 2020 SS 87
3 Carson Dunlap NC Providence 2022 SS 85
^ Mason Mozeley NC Freedom 2022 C 85
4 Michael Gracer NC Northwest Cabarrus 2021 1B 84
^ Cade Miller NC Alexander Early College 2022 RHP 84
^ Isaiah Mack NC Combine Academy 2023 3B 84
^ Matt Heavner NC North Lincoln 2022 SS 84
5 Ethan Young NC Hickory Ridge 2022 3B 83
^ William Bryant NC Myers Park 2022 RHP 83
^ Isaac Armstrong NC East Lincoln 2023 SS 83
6 JJ DeVos NC Hickory Ridge 2022 RHP 82
^ Ick Cirino NC Hickory Ridge 2021 SS 82
^ Drew Sotell NC Pro5 Academy 2021 SS 82
^ Brandon Goodman NC Combine Academy 2020 2B 82
^ Mason Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2022 RHP 82
^ Landon Reeves NC North Lincoln 2022 SS 82
7 Cameron Cabe NC Lee County 2023 SS 81
^ Tate Ellis NC Ardrey Kell 2021 SS 81
^ Connor Miller NC Charlotte Country Day 2021 SS 81
8 Tyler Zedalis NC Cox Mill 2023 SS 79
^ Gus Shelton NC Randleman 2022 1B 79
^ Trent Turner SC USC Union 2023 SS 79
^ Colton Stotler NC West Wilkes 2020 3B 79
9 Anthony Miale NC Hickory Ridge 2021 RHP 78
^ Vance Honeycutt NC Salisbury 2021 SS 78
^ Andrew Grande NC Christ School 2021 3B 78
^ Carson Cabbage NC Hickory Grove Christian 2022 C 78
10 Nick Alderfer NC Cox Mill 2021 SS 77
^ Jacob Gorman NC Hough 2022 3B 77

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – OUTFIELDERS

Outfielders were able to take a full ground ball off of a fungo, playing through the ball and working to a throw that was approximately 180 feet in distance, at a target.  With the space Ultimate Performance provided, scouts in attendance were able to see outfielders work through the ball, transition the baseball into a throw.  Carry and accuracy were paired with a gun reading to give feedback on the arm strength of each outfielder.  Below are the top outfielder positional throws.  The median throw was measured at 85 mph from the twenty five outfielders participating.

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Calvert Clark NC Charlotte Christian 2022 RHP 94
^ John Newton NC Cuthbertson 2021 OF 94
2 Bain Sipe NC Maiden 2020 RHP 92
3 Luke Holland NC Hough 2022 OF 91
^ Michael Posse NC Christ School 2022 RHP 91
^ Jaxon Rauber NC Southwest Guilford 2021 OF 91
4 Darrien Whitaker NC Combine Academy 2021 OF 90
5 Colby Umbarger NC North Iredell 2023 OF 88
^ Jack Shaw NC Myers Park 2020 OF 88
6 Jack Mullane NC Reagan 2021 OF 87
^ Kohen Ponder NC North Iredell 2022 OF 87
7 Carson Harris NC Marvin Ridge 2020 OF 85
8 Devin Tonkins NC Greensboro Day 2021 OF 84
^ Logan Hall NC Myers Park 2021 OF 84
^ Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 84
^ Drew Gugino NC Lake Norman Charter 2021 OF 84
9 Ryan Wilson NC Butler 2022 OF 83
10 Tyler Spruill NC Hillside 2021 OF 82
^ Cole Williams NC Myers Park 2020 OF 82
^ Hayden Friese NC Morehead 2022 1B 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.  The top pop time in the workout was a 2.00, with a median time from the group of 19 catchers of 2.09.  The top positional velocity checked in at 78 mph out of the hand, while the median for the group clocked in at 74 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Kyle Brittain NC North Lincoln 2021 C 2.00-2.07
2 Mason Mozeley NC Freedom 2022 C 2.00-2.15
3 Brooks Brannon NC Randleman 2022 C 2.01-2.12
4 Andrew Schuldt NC Hough 2021 C 2.04-2.07
5 Luke Johnson NC Southwest Guilford 2021 C 2.04-2.18

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Mason Mozeley NC Freedom 2022 C 78
^ Brooks Brannon NC Randleman 2022 C 78
2 Wesley Lug NC William Amos Hough 2021 C 77
3 Matthew Suppa NC Ardrey Kell 2022 C 76
^ Andrew Schuldt NC Hough 2021 C 76
4 Owen Williams NC Myers Park 2022 C 75
^ Hayden Friese NC Morehead 2022 1B 75
^ Eli Agosto NC Lake Norman Charter 2021 C 75
5 Jaxon Cogdill NC East Gaston 2022 C 74
^ Harrison Bobbitt NC Myers Park 2021 C 74
^ Caeden Howell NC East Wilkes 2020 C 74

 

MAX FASTBALL

Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen for scouts at Ultimate Performance as part of the Preseason All-State West.  In total, thirty-seven arms threw on the day.  While it is still January, and most arms may not peak until closer to the mid-season, there were several players to spotlight as they flashed advanced stuff and a feel for pitching.   The top fastball came from 2022 RHP Calvert Clark, a Clemson commit that is very athletic on the bump.  From the 37 arms, 16 worked at 85 or higher with Clark reaching 92.  The median top fastball for the day came in at 83 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Calvert Clark NC Charlotte Christian 2022 RHP 92 mph
2 Cooper King NC Carmel Christian 2020 RHP 91 mph
3 Brandon Hudson NC Cuthbertson 2021 RHP 90 mph
4 Connor Higgins NC Cuthbertson 2021 LHP 87 mph
^ Michael Gracer NC Northwest Cabarrus 2021 1B 87 mph
^ Mason Murdock NC Combine Academy 2022 RHP 87 mph
^ Bain Sipe NC Maiden 2020 RHP 87 mph
5 Michael Posse NC Christ School 2022 RHP 86 mph
^ Gavin Mortenson NC Northwest Guilford 2020 SS 86 mph
^ Cade Miller NC Alexander Early College 2022 RHP 86 mph
6 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 85 mph
^ Parker Johnson NC Christ School 2021 RHP 85 mph
^ William Bryant NC Myers Park 2022 RHP 85 mph
^ Ryder Douglas NC Union Pines 2022 RHP 85 mph
^ Kohen Ponder NC North Iredell 2022 OF 85 mph
^ Zachary Herman NC Alexander Central 2021 RHP 85 mph
7 William Price III NC West Forsyth 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Landon Reeves NC North Lincoln 2022 SS 83 mph
^ Jackson Roberts NC Northern Guilford 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Ethan Young NC Hickory Ridge 2022 3B 83 mph
8 JJ DeVos NC Hickory Ridge 2022 RHP 82 mph
^ Ty Cobb NC East Lincoln 2020 RHP 82 mph
^ Mason Smith NC Lincoln Charter 2022 RHP 82 mph
^ Colby Umbarger NC North Iredell 2023 OF 82 mph
^ Davis Hall NC Hickory 2021 RHP 82 mph
^ Cameron Cabe NC Lee County 2023 SS 82 mph
^ Mason Mozeley NC Freedom 2022 C 82 mph
9 Tyler Zedalis NC Cox Mill 2023 SS 81 mph
^ Isaac Armstrong NC East Lincoln 2023 SS 81 mph
^ Ryan Wilson NC Butler 2022 OF 81 mph
^ Jaxon Cogdill NC East Gaston 2022 C 81 mph
10 Gus Shelton NC Randleman 2022 1B 79 mph
^ Jackson Niedel NC Durham Academy 2022 RHP 79 mph
^ Casey Gouge NC West Rowan 2022 LHP 79 mph