Team Carolina Future Game Trials: Pitcher Analysis

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

The PBR Future Games is the premier underclass event in the country.  In 2019, the event moved to LakePoint in Emerson, GA where PBR territories worked to put together rosters of the top uncommitted underclass players in the country.  Day 1 saw the position players work out on 1 field for over 320 college coaches.  Days 2 - 4 featured game play with no more than 2 fields a the LakePoint complex going live at any one time. 

Team Carolina is made up of the top uncommitted underclass players from North Carolina and South Carolina.  In 2019, Team Carolina put up huge numbers on the first day workouts and followed that performance by going 2-1 and winning our pod featuring Team Florida, Team Georgia, and Team Alabama.   To date, ten players off the 2019 Team Carolina roster have committed with five of those to Power 5 Conference schools.  You can see the 2019 Team Carolina roster and stories on Team Carolina from the 2019 event HERE.  To see the full event coverage and stats from 2019, CLICK HERE.

On Sunday November 3rd, the next crop of prospects for the PBR Future Games gathered at the beautiful new facility in High Point, NC, BB&T Point.  Players ran through a full pro-style workout.  Position players ran a laser timed 60, went through an offensive workout, and then a defensive workout.  Pitchers threw a controlled bullpen where PBR scouts were able to gather advanced analytics with the F5 PitchLogic Baseball.

Below we finalize our break down of the individual performances at the Team Carolina Future Game Trials.  The final group is the primary pitchers.  This group features three arms each with room for projection as they fill out their frames.  Each arm works with some ease and showed an ability to locate their stuff in the zone.

You can see the full roster from the Team Carolina Future Game Trials, with stats, HERE.


Future Game Trials: Pitchers


Jackson Roberts RHP / OF / Northern Guilford , NC / 2022

Lanky, maturing 6-foot, 155 pound frame.  Small side step to an average lift to the mid chest.  Shoulders remain level, working to a closed position at balance.  Long arm swing with a slight pause at the bottom gets to a high-3/4 slot.  Lands on-line and square with average extension, finishing with athleticism.  Fastball played straight, flashing an ability to get it to both sides at 80-82.  Breaking ball uses gradual 10/4 tilt, ranging 64-69 with solid hand speed.  Consistently landed the breaking ball throughout the bullpen and flashed an ability to expand with it when asked.  Slows the delivery and arm a bit on the change-up.  Some arm side run to the change at 66-71.  Frame suggests continued growth coming.  As arm loosens through the delivery the hand speed should continue to accelerate as well.

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

Average frame with length present at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds.  Small rocker and pivot on the 1B side of the rubber.  Lifts to the belt, closing down the front side and showing a small turn over the rubber.  Hands separate from the belt to a long arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Level throughout, lands across his line with a closed foot at foot-strike.  Some head clearance for the slot as he falls slightly to the 1B side of the mound.  Fastball has occasional run at 77-80.   Average arm speed works through a little stiffness as he separates.   Gradual 11/5 tilt on the breaking ball, ranging 61-67.  Front side tends to be early on the breaking ball creating a bit of a casting action.  Change-up works with good arm speed, creating slight fade to the arm side at 67-68.  Inconsistent feel for the change.  Frame and length suggest good projection.  As strength is added, the arm speed could take his stuff up several notches.

Andrew Poon RHP / 1B / Northwest Guilford, NC / 2022

Lanky frame at 5 foot 11, 160-pounds.  Has feel for his body and rhythm.  Loose hips and a loose whippy arm suggest more is coming in the near future.  Good angle to the fastball with sink to both sides of the plate.  Fastball ranged 79-82.  Flooded the zone with the fastball.  Two spin pitches, both with the makings of at least average bend.  Slider sat 71-72 with some length to the side to side movement.  The curveball works with 12/6, downer type action, rolling through its arc at 64-65.  Flashed feel for both spin pitches.  The change-up was a little firm with some stiffness through release.  Some arm side run at 76-79.  Rocker to the side and slides to the 1B side of the rubber.  Lifts to the mid-chest while loading the backside and front hip with a slight knee turn.  Works level and on-line, landing with a square front foot.  Front side shoulder can be quick to get off his line.  Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. 
Balanced setup from the right side with a wider base and his chest leaning over to the plate.  Weight works back during the load with a short stride and quiet barrel.  Quick hands and uses the whole field with above average barrel feel.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 82 mph.  Active feet around the first base bag with average hands catching the ball in the center of his body.  Accurate arm that topped at 70 mph.  Recorded a 7.76 in the 60.