Prep Baseball Report

Team Carolina Trials Upstate/Rising Stars: Trackman Hitting


Sammy Esposito
PBR SC Director of Scouting

 

On Tuesday, June 20th PBR of South Carolina hosted trials for Team Carolina and Rising Stars ID at K3 Sports Academy in Rock Hill, SC. The Team Carolina Trials and Rising Stars ID leads to identifying prospects for some of the summer’s biggest invite only events like PBR Southeast Senior Games, Top Prospect Games, PBR JR Future Games and the PBR Future Games. The event featured players from the 2024-2028 grad classes. 

The event began with A pro-style workout for all the position players followed that included running a laser timed 10/30 yard split recorded using Swift Technology, BP with TrackMan ball flight analysis, a defensive evaluation, and finished with pitcher bullpens with each pitch tracked by Trackman.

Below we will look at the statistical breakdown for the event.


CLICK HERE to see full stats and roster Team Carolina Trials

CLICK HERE to see full stats and roster Rising Stars ID


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

 

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY

TrackMan is able to track every ball hit into fair territory, throughout the BP sessions.  Below are the exit velocities produced by individual players.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 89.3 mph
2 Brady Smouse SC Blue Ridge 2025 SS 87.9 mph
3 Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 87.5 mph
4 Preston Smith SC Batesburg Leesville 2026 C 87.5 mph
5 CJ Whitaker NC Corinth Holders 2025 C 87.4 mph
6 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 86.3 mph
7 Cody Branham SC Central 2027 C 84.2 mph
8 John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 83.8 mph
9 Samuel Schwamb SC Catawba Ridge 2025 C 83.6 mph
10 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 83.4 mph

 

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY

The average exit velocity measures a players ability to consistently produce hard contact.  The average was taken based on every ball tracked by TrackMan throughout the player's BP session.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Brady Smouse SC Blue Ridge 2025 SS 81.2 mph
2 Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 80.9 mph
3 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 76.8 mph
4 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 76.5 mph
5 John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 76.3 mph
6 Preston Smith SC Batesburg Leesville 2026 C 75.8 mph
7 Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 75.8 mph
8 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 74.3 mph
9 Cody Branham SC Central 2027 C 73.6 mph
10 Brayden Brogdon SC Rock Hill High 2027 OF 70.2 mph

 

DISTANCE OFF THE BAT


TrackMan is able to measure and track the ball while in the air.  For every fair ball put in play it will display the distance the hit traveled.


Peak Distance - Best of the Hitter’s Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Brady Smouse SC Blue Ridge 2025 SS 302 ft
2 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 299 ft
3 Preston Smith SC Batesburg Leesville 2026 C 296 ft
4 Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 282 ft
5 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 282 ft
6 John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 278 ft
7 Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 274 ft
8 Brayden Brogdon SC Rock Hill High 2027 OF 266 ft
9 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 265 ft
10 Samuel Schwamb SC Catawba Ridge 2025 C 252 ft


Average Distance - Average of each ball tracked in the Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Brady Smouse SC Blue Ridge 2025 SS 253 ft
2 Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 226 ft
3 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 209 ft
4 Samuel Schwamb SC Catawba Ridge 2025 C 206 ft
5 Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 192 ft
6 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 191 ft
7 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 182 ft
8 Brayden Brogdon SC Rock Hill High 2027 OF 181 ft
9 John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 176 ft
10 John Black SC Northwestern 2026 2B 168 ft


LAUNCH ANGLE PERCENTAGE

Based on the ball flight, TrackMan is able to identify each hit as a ground ball, line drive, or fly ball.  While there are many factors as to why a hitter may approach each pitch in a certain way, the overall groupings of BP can give some insight to each hitter's approach.

Line Drive %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Line Drive %
1 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 66 %
2 Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 58 %
3 Brady Smouse SC Blue Ridge 2025 SS 50 %
4 Samuel Schwamb SC Catawba Ridge 2025 C 46 %
5 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 38 %
^ Brayden Brogdon SC Rock Hill High 2027 OF 38 %
^ John Black SC Northwestern 2026 2B 38 %
6 Cody Branham SC Central 2027 C 37 %
7 Preston Smith SC Batesburg Leesville 2026 C 36 %
8 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 35 %
^ John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 35 %
9 Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 33 %
10 Cooper Penfield SC Blythewood 2027 2B 25 %


Fly Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Brady Smouse SC Blue Ridge 2025 SS 50.0 %
^ Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 50.0 %
2 Cooper Penfield SC Blythewood 2027 2B 41.7 %
^ Xander Sutton NC Gaston Christian 2026 C 41.7 %
3 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 38.5 %
4 John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 35.7 %
5 CJ Whitaker NC Corinth Holders 2025 C 31.3 %
6 Brayden Brogdon SC Rock Hill High 2027 OF 30.8 %
^ John Black SC Northwestern 2026 2B 30.8 %
7 Preston Smith SC Batesburg Leesville 2026 C 27.3 %
8 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 25.0 %
^ Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 25.0 %
9 Samuel Schwamb SC Catawba Ridge 2025 C 23.1 %
10 Cody Branham SC Central 2027 C 12.5 %



Ground Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 CJ Whitaker NC Corinth Holders 2025 C 68 %
2 Cody Branham SC Central 2027 C 50 %
3 Mac Morris SC Wade Hampton 2027 SS 41 %
4 Preston Smith SC Batesburg Leesville 2026 C 36 %
5 Cooper Penfield SC Blythewood 2027 2B 33 %
6 Brayden Brogdon SC Rock Hill High 2027 OF 30 %
^ John Black SC Northwestern 2026 2B 30 %
^ Samuel Schwamb SC Catawba Ridge 2025 C 30 %
7 John Nypaver SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2027 LHP 28 %
8 Cole Smith SC Northwestern High 2025 SS 23 %
9 Chance Weathersbee SC Fox Creek High 2025 C 8 %
10 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 7 %