Prep Baseball Report

Summer Preview Prospect ID - Quick Hitters

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

On Tuesday June 12th, PBR hosted the Summer Preview Prospect ID at Craven Stadium.  The event was designed to allow players the opportunity to update their profiles and video, while connecting with over 900 college coaches and programs.  The event featured a pro-style workout with players running a sixty, taking reps at their defensive position, and hitting multiple rounds of live BP. Pitchers were able to throw bullpens in a controlled environment.

An athletic group took part in the workout with five players running under a 7.10 sixty.  Ten players flashed an exit velocity of 80 mph or better off the barrel. In the coming week PBR will take a deep dive into the information from the workout.  We will take a complete look at the statistical results as well as full evaluations on each player.


Quick Hitters


+ Devin Tonkins (Dudley HS, SS, 2020) has a thin build, that is still maturing, but there is quickness.  Tonkins ran a 6.91 and should continue to improve his time as he adds strength. The exit velocity peaked at 82, but that will improve as well.

+ John Burns (Lincoln Charter School, 2B, 2019) has a thin frame at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds that will add strength.  While he is still growing, there is some whip in the bat where he produced an exit velocity of 86 mph.  Burns also ran a 6.93 sixty.

+ Dustin Mercer (Weddington HS, LHP/OF, 2020) is an intriguing blend of quickness and strength.  Battling through some minor ailments in the spring, Mercer did not throw a lot for the Warriers but he touched 85, sitting 81-83 in the workout.  A potential dual prospect, the exit velocity peaked at 91 off the barrel and he ran a 6.96 sixty.

+ Marcus Sanchez (Terry Sanford HS, SS, 2019) attended one of the first PBR of North Carolina events a couple of years ago and has clearly made some jumps.  The 7.06 sixty is down by .75 seconds. The rhythm has improved on the infield and the arm has average carry at 79 across the diamond.

+ Dylan Koontz (Community School of Davidson, SS/RHP, 2021) was a prospect we were looking forward to seeing in action.  Koontz tweaked a leg issue while running his sixty and was hampered for much of the day but still turned in an exit velocity of 88mph.