Prep Baseball Report

Team North Carolina 14U: Game 4 Recap

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

The 2023 Junior Future Games are underway at LakePoint in Emerson, GA featuring some of the top 2027 prospects from across the country. Team Carolina kicked off their Junior Future Games with a workout on Tuesday. The workout day consisted of a full pro-style workout with players taking BP on the field with Trackman capturing ball flight data, a defensive workout, and players running a laser timed 60. Team Carolina will take on Texas, Kentucky, and MoKan in their pool play action with bracket play to follow. 


Team North Carolina- 7 Team Canada- 8

Team North Carolina took on Team Canada in its first Bracket Play Game on Saturday evening. As North Carolina has done much of the tournament it came out and put runs on the board early. North Carolina would put crooked numbers on the board in both the first and second innings. The North Carolina offense would get contributions from players up and down the lineup. However the Team Canada offense would be able to battle back and get several timely hits leading to a walkoff win to advance in Bracket Play. 


Scout Blog

Oliver Van Tiem, RHP, 2027

Athletic frame with projection ahead at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Athletic on the mound with quickness to his arm, shorter arm action using a high ¾ slot. Fastball worked mostly in the 82-85 mph range. Fastball has run to his arm side with feel for getting it to both sides of the plate. Mixed in a breaking ball in the 68-70 mph range with 11/5 tilt. Changeup has fading action at 75-76 mph. Competes and attacks the strike zone. 

Tanner Williams, LHP/OF, 2027

Athletic build at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds. Left hand hitter. Doubled off the wall in right, also barreled a ball to left and lined out to second base. Athletic in the box, fluid swing with his barrel staying long through the zone, better than average bat speed for his age. 

Kellen Rodgers, SS, 2027

5-foot-9,135-pound frame with room for maturation ahead. Athleticism shows in all phases of the game. Fluid left hand swing with feel for the barrel. Lined a ball to left for a base hit. Competes pitch to pitch during at bats with feel for the strike zone. Aggressive base runner. 

Connor Woods, IF, 2027

6-foot-1, 170-pound frame with strength present. Squared a ball up to left for a double. Simple, balanced swing. Stays short to the ball, has feel for the barrel and keeps it through the zone. Hands have strength and quickness. 

Braylon Bowles, OF, 2027

5-foot-11, 155-pound frame with room to fill out. Left hand hitter. Lined a ball to center for a sac fly. Sets up balanced, weight loads back, mostly flat swing path with his barrel getting extension out front, hands have quickness. 

Graham Hoke, C, 2027

5-foot-7, 135-pound frame. Barreled a ball to right for a base hit and lined another ball right back at the pitcher. Starts open, loads to even, hands are loose with quickness. Stays short to the ball and keeps his barrel through the zone. Shows comfort behind the plate, hands work with some ease, moves well to block balls in the dirt.