TPA Scout Day: Duals & Pitchers


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
Executive Director and Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

Thursday June 18th saw PBR Scouts converge at Ting Park in Holly Springs, NC to host a Scout Day with The Performance Academy (TPA).  TPA's Scout Day featured close to fifty players from their organization.  Players covered classes from the 2021 - 2023 graduating years.

During the Scout Day, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen with information gathered on TrackMan and a Stalker Pro SII radar gun.  Position players were able to run a laser timed 60, on the artificial surface at Ting Stadium, followed by a defensive and offensive workout.  During the live BP portion, hitters used Blast Motion sensors to measure pre-contact analytics and TrackMan measured ball flight off the bat.

CLICK HERE to see the roster and full statistics from the PBR Scout Day with TPA.

By The Numbers:

  • 34 players went through the offensive workout
  • 3 players ran a sub-7.00 sixty
  • 7 player ran a sub-7.25 sixty
  • 2 outfielders flashed arm strength above 88 mph
  • 4 catchers posted a top pop time of 2.20 or better
  • 5 players had an exit velocity of 90 mph or better off the tee
  • 14 players posted an exit velocity of 85mph or higher off the tee
  • 12 arms from TPA's program threw controlled bullpens
  • 4 arms were 83 or better

 

Quick Hitters: TPA Position Players

 

 

Dual Player Analysis

 

Shea DeFalco OF / LHP / Corinth Holders, NC / 2021

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/10, 150 pounds. Athletic frame with room to add strength.
Defense:  Athletic through the ball, relaxed hands, catches ball off right foot, easy transitions.
Arm: L. .OF - 82 mph. Accurate, some carry, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Slightly open base, hands start above back shoulder, some barrel waggle. Smooth load against his back leg, average stride, hands get back.. Fluid stroke with looseness, quickness to hands, barrel gets extension through the middle, gap to gap approach, above average barrel awareness.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed with more to come.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple delivery with a stable head over the rubber. Athletic throughout. High frontside provides some deception. Works online, slightly uphill, landing on-line and square. Solid extension. Loose hips and frame suggest stuff will continue to climb. Three distinct pitches in the arsenal with feel for each.
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing, athletic, with tempo. Good arm speed. High-3/4 slot.
FB: T79, 78-79 mph. 1865 rpm. 11:15 spin tilt in out of the hand. Strike thrower. Good leverage with some arm side run
CB: 63-65 mph. 1969 rpm. Big tilt with 1/7 action. Slight hump out of the hand. Attacked the zone.
CH: 67-71 mph. 1459 rpm. Good feel, slowing the arm speed slightly. Has fade out of the hand.

 

 

Jack Litt 3B / RHP / Apex Friendship , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 3B/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 160 pounds. Average frame, some strength present.
Defense:  Feet work around ball, average hands, funnels to the belt after catch, clean transfers.
Arm: R. .INF - 74 mph. .Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some feel for accuracy.
Hit: R. Tall, open, narrow base, hands start back below shoulder. Controlled leg lift, long stride, hands work up to shoulder height. Barrel works level through zone, high one hand finish, uses the whole field, average barrel awareness.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed.
Run: 7.68 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Side saddle using a pump over the head for rhythm. Lifts to the belt while the head slides over the pivot foot. Lands well across his line with a square foot-strike. Hard fall to the 1B side.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing to a high-3/4 slot. Works for rhtyhm and timing. Cuts off extension at times.
FB: T78, 75-78 mph. 1812 rpm. 1:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Around the zone.
CB: 57-66 mph. 1744 rpm. Works for 12/6, downer action. Cast at times making spin inconsistent. Solid arm speed.
CH: 62-66 mph. 1475 rpm. Average arm speed with some fade.

 

 

Charlie Lytle RHP / 1B / Middle Creek, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: RHP/1B.
Body: 6/2, 220 pounds. Broad shoulder, thickness to frame.
Defense:  pop times. Average hands, catches ball with one hand, high hips, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. .INF - 75 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot, accurate.
Hit: R. Even base, more weight on back leg, barrel starts flat above back shoulder. Weight goes back, short stride, barrel waggle.. Direct barrel path, two hand finish, middle fo the field approach, some barrel feel.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, some strength off barrel.
Run: 8.03 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Stretch only. Coils at balance working from a closed position. Uncoils with a low front side, working level through the shoulders. Lands on-line. Slightly open toe at foot-strike. Solid extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing fights fro rhythm. Over-the-top slot that dips to a high-3/4 at times.
FB: T78, 76-78 mph. 1912 rpm. 12:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Average vertical and horizontal breaks
CB: 64-68 mph. 2072 rpm. Tilt can shift from 12/6 to 10/4. Solid arm speed. Showed feel for the zone.
CH: 67-71 mph. 1818 rpm. Some fade and sink. Good arm speed.

 

 

Jared Mayer C / RHP / South Garner, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: C/RHP.
Body: 5/11, 170 pounds. Average frame, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.16 - 2.32 pop times. Quick feet, transfers across chest, narrow setup receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 74 mph. Accurate, short arm action, over hand release.
Hit: R. Even, narrow base, hands start in front of back shoulder. Loads back with a toe tap, average stride, hands get back. Hands get through zone, barrel extension out front, middle to pull approach, some feel for barrel.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, strength to pull side.
Run: 8.46 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Stretch only. Tucks at balance. Closed working to stay closed through his foot-strike. Active backside still working to a finish toward 3B.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing with solid tempo and average arm speed. Low-3/4 to side arm slot. Strike thrower from the slot
FB: T73, 72-73 mph. 2139 rpm. Arm side run and sink. 16.51 inches of horizontal break. 2:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Better feel for arm side.
SL:  63-65 mph. 2128 rpm. Sweeper that lacks depth but should gather more length with better arm speed.
CH: 63-67 mph. 1492 rpm. Slows the arm. Has feel

 

 

Brady Nathison OF / LHP / Fuquay-Varina, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/10, 175 pounds. Athletic build, strength present.
Defense:  pop times. Fluid actions, catches ball off right foot, relaxed hands, clean transitions.
Arm: L. .OF - 78 mph. Accurate, long arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: R. Open base, hands start in front of back shoulder with barrel waggle. Smooth load, average stride back to even, hands get back. Barrel is short to pull, pull approach with lift to the swing, above average barrel feel.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, pop to pull side.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Slight coil at balance, uncoiling the front side as he works level and on-line with a square foot-strike. Around the zone with all three, creating solid angle with the fastball
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing works to a high-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed. Good direction
FB: T81, 78-81 mph. 1909 rpm. 10:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Some arm side run, especially when thrown to the arm side.
CB: 65-71 mph. 1967 rpm. Lacks consistent tilt and break. Solid spin and arm speed. 2/8 depth when on time.
CH: 69-71 mph. 1661 rpm. Occasional cutting action. Solid arm speed.

 

 

Landon Sykes RHP / 3B / Holly Springs, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/3B.
Body: 6/4, 171 pounds. Athletic frame with length and room to add strength.
Defense:  pop times. Feet work around ball, above average hands, catches ball in center of body, funnels to belt, clean transfers.
Arm: R. .INF - 78 mph. .Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate with some carry.
Hit: R. Balanced, even base, hands start at back shoulder with barrel movement. Short stride, hands load down and up. Loose, quick hands, direct barrel path, barrel stays through ball, lots of line drives middle and to his pull side.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, pop to center and left center.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Strike thrower. Stable and simple to balance. Closed works with a slow tempo, increasing as his hands break. Front leg swings to an on-line and square foot-strike. Average extension
Arm Action: R. Short, scapular load arm swing. High-3/4 slot. Average arm speed
FB: T82, 81-82 mph. 1999 rpm. Ball rides through the zone. 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Good feel for his arm side
CB: 67-70 mph. 1921 rpm. Hard, downer action. Short 11/5 tilt. Good arm speed.
CH: 73-74 mph. 1977 rpm. Average arm speed. Produces solid fade working out of the fastball tunnel.

 

 

 

Pitchers

 

Jacob Coffin LHP / OF / Apex , NC / 2021

Body: 5/11, 150 pounds. Average frame with some strength present
Delivery:
Side step to a high leg kick with the toe pointed to the sky. Stable out of his hand break, riding the back side. Uphill through the shoulders, landing on-line with a heel-to-toe, square foot-strike. Good direction and extension
Arm Action: L. Long arm swing, works to an over-the-top slot. Good arm speed. Repeats the slot and direction with athleticism
FB: T84, 81-84 mph. 2122 rpm. Solid ride through the zone with a 11:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Elevated throughout the bullpen, with a chance to pitch up at times.
CB: 66-68 mph. 2012 rpm. Good depth and separation from the fastball. Good arm speed. 1/7 tilt with depth and feel present. Chance to create some freeze and potential chase out of the zone.
CH: 69-73 mph. 1642 rpm. Similar window to the fastball. Plays straight. Has feel

 

 

Nolan Connaughton RHP / 1B / Middle Creek , NC / 2021

Body: 6/7, 180 pounds. Long, lanky, and thin. Plenty of potential as he adds strength.
Delivery:
Stable through balance with a small rocker, easy turn, and lift to the mid-chest. Loads the backside, creating some uphill through his shoulders. Lower half works on-line, landing square. Solid extension
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing with some rhythm present. High-3/4 slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T82, 78-82 mph. 1889 rpm. Strike thrower with the ability to move the fastball to each side. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Some sink and fade present
CB: 60-61 mph. 1433 rpm. Big, gradual 10/4 tilt. Arm slows creating the a slight hump out of the hand and gradual tilt.
CH: 66-71 mph. 1190 rpm. Slightly slowed arm speed. Good feel. Has fade

 

 

Lance Phillips RHP / 1B / Green Hope, NC / 2023

Body: 6/3, 180 pounds. Average frame with length and some strength present
Delivery:
Strike thrower. Stable over the rubber. Small rocker. Lift to the low belt, loading the front hip. Uncoils the lower half to an on-line and square foot-strike. Top half is closed through balance, slightly uphill, creating solid rhythm. Average extension
Arm Action: R. Average arm swing works to a high-3/4 slot. Average arm speed
FB: T80, 77-80 mph. 1807 rpm. 12:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Occasionally cuts the fastball to his glove side. Solid ride through the zone.
CB: 62-66 mph. 1888 rpm. Side to side action at times, working for a 11/5 tilt. Solid horizontal break, working for depth.
CH: 67-69 mph. 1565 rpm. Good arm speed. Occasionally cuts. Attacks the zone

 

 

 

Adam Booker RHP / C / Middle Creek, NC / 2022

Body: 6/3, 165 pounds. Thin frame. Average build
Delivery: Small side step, kick to the mid chest with the foot slighlty outside the knee. On-line, works level, landing in-line with a slightly closed toe.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing working to an over-the-top slot. Average to above arm speed.
FB: T83, 80-83 mph. 2048 rpm. Average to slightly above induced vertical break. 12:45 spin tilt out of the hand. Good feel for arm side of the zone.
CB: 66-68 mph. 1962 rpm. Consistent 11/5 tilt with depth. Good arm speed. Creates separation from the fastball tunnel.
SL:  mph.  rpm. .
CH: 73-75 mph. 1987 rpm. Some fade with 1:30 spin tilt out of the hand. Good feel and arm speed.

 

 

Dean Collum RHP / 3B / Holly Springs, NC / 2022

Body: 6/4, 240 pounds. Broad shoulders and physical frame.
Delivery: Slight side saddle. Easy rocker and turn. Lifts to a stable balance with a kick to the mid-chest. Lands on-line with a square foot-strike. Repeats, falling slightly to 1B.
Arm Action: R. Long swing with good tempo and rhythm to an over-the-top slot. Arm strength over arm speed.
FB: T87, 85-87 mph. 2256 rpm. 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Solid ride through the zone. Showed feel for both sides of the plate
CB:  mph.  rpm. .
SL: 73-75 mph. 2378 rpm. Early action with sweeping movement across the zone..
CH: 71-75 mph. 1844 rpm. Has fade with deception in the hand speed.

 

 

Will Saxenmeyer RHP / 3B / Holly Springs, NC / 2022

Body: 6/4, 165 pounds. Lanky with a high waist. Plenty of room to add strength
Delivery: Small side step. Kick to the low-chest. Stays level, working in-line. Lands on-line and square. Slight fall to the 1B side.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. Ball turns just a little early with the head clearing toward 1B to make room for the slotting.
FB: T85, 80-85 mph. 1805 rpm. 1:00 spin tilt out of the hand. Aggressive, showed feel for the zone. Average movement numbers. Good arm speed.
CB: 63-66 mph. 1634 rpm. 1/7 tilt. Soft at times, there is depth. Consistent, showed some feel.
SL:  mph.  rpm. .
CH: 72-75 mph. 1406 rpm. Slight cutting action at times. Good arm speed.