Prep Baseball Report

The Five: 5 LHP from PBR Scout Days

Matt Payne
North Carolina Director of Scouting

"The Five" is a weekly blog that highlights high-performing athletes from across North Carolina.  PBR Scouts use information gathered from PBR events, PBR Scout Days, and PBR Tournaments to put together the weekly list of five players.

This week “The Five” continues to look at players from North Carolina’s PBR Fall Scout Days.  Throughout the fall PBR had the opportunity to see several organizations from across the state go through a pro style workout.  Featured this week are left hand pitchers who turned in good performances during their bullpens.  Of the guys highlighted today two are from the 2022 and 2021 classes with one being from the class of 2020.  As usual all five are still open for recruitment. 



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Scouting Report

  • -Clean arm action to a ¾ release with arm speed and athleticism present
  • -Fastball has run and keeps it down to both sides with the ability to elevate
  • -Advanced changeup that creates swing and miss
  • -Lands his breaking ball for strikes with late 1/7 action
Full evaluation from the South Charlotte Panthers Scout Day on 11/03/19

Average frame with some athleticism present at 6-foot, 175.  Strike thrower with feel for all three pitches.  Change-up is advanced and should create swing and miss opportunities.  Fastball has run, working to both sides of the plate at 77-80.  Worked down zone but showed an ability to elevate when asked to do so.  Change-up has good arm speed, producing arm side run and fade at 72.  Flooded the zone with the change, working middle to arm side.  The breaking ball is the 3rd pitch but is a usable weapon with late, 1/7 tilt at 65.  Decent arm speed and consistently landed the pitch.  Small side step lifting to the belt.  Stable head.  Closes front side as the arm works clean and athletic to a ¾ slot.  Lands across his line with a closed foot-strike.  Average extension, occasionally rolling to the 3B side on finish.  Arm speed is above average and with his athleticism suggests there are more jumps coming to the stuff. 
Hits from the left side with a balanced setup.  Smooth load back, using a leg kick.  Flat through the zone with good barrel feel and average bat speed.  Wants extension, but uses each gap with back spin.  Exit velocity of 88 mph off the bat.  From the outfield, works to play through the ball with ease and athleticism.  Fluid through the exchange to a long arm swing and high-3/4 slot.  Flashed some feel for accuracy out of the hand with solid average to above carry at 82 mph out of the hand.  Ran a solid 7.13 sixty.

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