TPA Scout Day: Underclass Position Player Evals


Matt Payne
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

 

 

 

Regan Bernard C / 3B / Middle Creek, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/2, 175 pounds. Lanky frame, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.18 - 2.40 pop times. Quick feet, clean transfers across the chest.
Arm: R. C - 67 mph. Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, hands start above back shoulder, flat barrel. Fluid load, short stride, hands set to attack. Loose hands, keeps barrel through zone, works middle to pull side, above average feel for barrel.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, strength to pull side.
Run: 7.95 runner in the 60.

 

 

Ethan Clinkscales OF / RHP / Panther Creek, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 5/11, 180 pounds. Athletic build with quick twitch present.
Defense:  Fluid through the ball, relaxed hands, catches ball off left foot, quick exchanges.
Arm: R. . OF - 74 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate
Hit: LHH. Open base, relaxed hands at back shoulder. Small load, short stride back to even, quiet barrel. Quick hands, short to ball, uses the whole field, drives balls on the outer half, above average barrel feel.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, hard off the barrel when top and bottom are in sync.
Run: 6.73 runner in the 60.

 

 

Jared Deshazor SS / OF / Apex Friendship, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: SS/OF.
Body: 5/5, 145 pounds. Athletic build.
Defense:  Plays relaxed, catches the ball in the center of his body, softness to his hands, funnels to the belt after catch, clean transfers.
Arm: R.  INF - 70 mph.  Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, narrow base, barrel starts flat above back shoulder. Hands load back, average stride back to even.. Quick hands, keeps barrel through the zone, uses the whole field with barrel feel.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Better than average bat speed.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Trey Gooch OF / 2B / Apex Friendship, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: OF/2B.
Body: 5/9, 155 pounds. Thin frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Fluid through the ball, relaxed hands,catches ball off left foot, clean transfers.
Arm: R. OF - 75 mph. Accurate, long arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, even base, hands start at back shoulder, Controlled load against his back leg, average stride, quiet hands. Direct barrel path, drives down into legs, uses the whole field, some barrel feel.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Cameron Kaplinger 2B / RHP / Broughton, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: 2B/RHP.
Body: 5/7, 155 pounds. Average build.
Defense:  Quick feet, plays aggressive to the ball, average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. INF - 69 mph.  Accurate, medium arm stroke, over hand release.
Hit: LHH. Even base, barrel starts flat above back shoulder. Weight and hands load back, average stride. Direct barrel path, quickness to hands, barrel gets extension out front, gap to gap approach, above average bat speed.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed.
Run: 7.77 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Nick Safrit OF / RHP / Garner, NC / 2022

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 165 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:   Plays through the ball, average hands, catches ball off left foot, longer exchange.
Arm: R. OF - 68 mph. Accurate, short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, even base, hands at back shoulder with barrel waggle. Hands load down and back, sits into back leg, longer stride. Uphill barrel path, long at times, works through the middle of the field, some barrel awareness.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60.

 

 

Billy Waldron OF / LHP / Holly Springs, NC / 2022

North Carolina State Commit.  Highly skilled with quickness and strong hands.
Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/11, 165 pounds. Athletic build, quickness present.
Defense:  Fluid and athletic through ball, catches ball off right foot, above average hands, clean transitions.
Arm: L. OF - 83 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot,
Hit: LHH. Tall, even base, weight over back leg, barrel flat above back shoulder. Small load back, glides into ball getting hands back, average stride. Loose, quick hands, level barrel path, consistently hit balls on the barrel, worked to center and right center.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, pull strength, left the yard to multiple times.
Run: 6.86 runner in the 60.

 

 

Aaron Bryant OF / 1B / Apex, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/1B.
Body: 5/8, 150 pounds. Athletic frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Plays relaxed through the ball, catches it off his right foot, easy transfers.
Arm: L. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open base, sits into legs, hands at back shoulder with some barrel waggle. Small load, short stride into the plate, hands get back.. Barrel is short to ball, loose with quickness to hands, barrel gets extension through the middle, better than average barrel awareness.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60.

 

 

Alan Garod 1B / LHP / Apex, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 1B/LHP.
Body: 5/11, 160 pounds. Athletic frame with room to add strength.
Defense:  Fluid actions, relaxed hands, clean transfers.
Arm: L.  INF - 76 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly closed base, hands start above back shoulder with some barrel waggle. Small load, short stride, hands get set to attack. Looseness to swing, mostly level bat path, two hand finish, works middle to the opposite field, some barrel feel.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should improve with added strength.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60.

 

 

Hayden Henry OF / LHP / Holly Springs, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/LHP.
Body: 5/9, 150 pounds. Athletic frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  Plays through the ball, relaxed hands, catches it off right foot, clean transfers.
Arm: L. OF - 75 mph. Long arm action, over hand release, some accuracy.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, even base, relaxed hands at back shoulder. Leg kick against his back leg, short stride, hands load back. Balanced, quick hands, barrel gets extension through zone, lots of line drives to left center, above average barrel feel.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

 

 

Jackson Kosnar C / SS / Broughton , NC / 2023

Positional Profile: C/SS.
Body: 5/11, 155 pounds. Athletic frame, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.37 - 2.50 pop times. Feet gain ground to target, clean exchanges across chest, average hands receiving.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: RHH. Even base, hands at back shoulder with barrel waggle. Small hand load back, short stride. Barrel is short to ball, mostly level through the zone, works middle to right center, some feel for barrel.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 8.08 runner in the 60.

 

 

Ethan Lavinder 2B / OF / Middle Creek, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 2B/OF.
Body: 5/10, 130 pounds. Lanky frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense:  pop times. Plays aggressive, feet work around ball, relaxed hands, funnels to the belt, clean transitions.
Arm: R. INF - 78 mph. Accurate with carry, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open base, barrel starts flat above back shoulder. Loads against his back leg, short stride, barrel tips forward the back. Barrel is direct with some lift out front, middle to pull approach, some barrel feel.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed.
Run: 7.96 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Matthew Prince OF / RHP / Southern Wake, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: OF/RHP.
Body: 6/1, 160 pounds. Thin lanky frame.
Defense:  Plays to the ball, catches ball off left foot, relaxed hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. OF - 80 mph. Accurate, long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, balanced, hands start at back shoulder. Hands cock back, short stride. Gap to gap approach, barrel gets extension with one hand finish, some feel for barrel.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, strength to left center.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 

 

 

Austin Renn C / 2B / Holly Springs, NC / 2023

Positional Profile: 2B/C.
Body: 5/9, 150 pounds. Average frame, room for maturation ahead.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.26 pop times. Fluid feet, quick exchanges across chest, low hips in setup with mobility, average to above average hands.
Arm: R. C - 73 mph. Accurate with some carry, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Open base with width, hands start at back shoulder. Toe tap load, short stride, hands go back, vertical barrel. Mostly level barrel path, uses the whole field, average feel for barrel.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed with strength off the barrel.
Run: 8.07 runner in the 60.