Prep Baseball Report

The Performance Academy Scout Day: 2020 Evaluations

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

Prep Baseball Report was at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs on Monday June 17th to run the PBR Scout Day with the Performance Academy (TPA).  Coming off a busy weekend with several players competing in the State Games of NC, as well as several teams playing in tournaments, some players were limited but it did not stop the overall depth of the program from shining through.

Position players went through a full pro-style workout, running a laser timed 60 on the turf surface, followed by offensive evaluations, including multiple rounds of BP.  During the defensive workout, PBR was able to measure arm strength from a player's position, while evaluating hands, feet, carry, and accuracy.  After the position players, pitchers that were not restricted from their weekend work load were able to throw a controlled bullpen, showcasing their stuff for PBR scouts.

We begin our look at the TPA players with the class of 2020.  The evluations feature 8 players in the TPA organization, spanning most positions.  Inside the 2020 class, the workout saw 3 exit velocities above 90 mph, 4 sixty times below 7.20, and a top catcher pop time of 2.10.

To see the complete list of statistics, for each player in attendance, CLICK HERE.


PBR Scout Day: The Performance Academy - 2020 Player Analysis

Gabriel Brewington RHP / 3B / Corinth Holders, NC / 2020


Athletic 6-foot-3, 180 pound frame.  Primary pitcher that had thrown a day or two prior to the workout, working out only on the infield on this day.   Right handed hitter. Balanced and athletic.  Good hands.  Better than average bat speed.  Flat through the zone with some strength.  Utilizes the whole field with the exit velocity peaking at 92 mph off the barrel.  Solid actions and carry on the infield.  Fluid footwork, playing through balls with an athletic base.  Long exchanges to a high-3/4 slot.  Easy carry, without cutting it loose, at 81 mph across the diamond.  Ran a 7.47 sixty. 

Kaden Brown OF / LHP / Garner Magnet, NC / 2020


5-foot-10, 145 pounds.  Some quickness present.  Ran a 7.02 sixty.  Fluid in the outfield, working to play through the ball with some aggression.  Easy transitions to a long arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Has feel for accuracy with the positional velocity peaking at 77 mph out of the hand.  Left handed hitter.  Balanced setup.  Good feel for the barrel with a line drive approach.  Works level, staying gap-to-gap, impressing with the number of balls barreled.  Exit velocity at 81 mph with average bat speed. 
On the mound, works with a quick tempo.  Fastball is in the zone at 73-74.  Some arm side run to the change-up at 66-67.  Solid hand speed on the change.  Breaking ball has gradual 1/7 tilt at 61-66.  Average feel for landing the spin.  Small rocker to a kick to the mid-chest.  Lands on-line and a slightly closed toe.  Lacks backside action early, letting the front side pull and falling toward 3B.  Average arm speed from a medium arm swing and over-the-top release.

Cole Christman RHP / OF / Apex Friendship, NC / 2020


Lanky, 6-foot-4, 160 pound frame.  Works tall through his delivery with choppy rhythm early, settling his rhythm as more pitches are thrown.  Long arm swing, with a slight stab out of the glove has some quickness as it works to an over-the-top slot.  Uphill leverage in the shoulders as the front side lands on-line.  Front foot strikes with the toes open.  Fastball at 71-73, occasionally cutting.  Big breaking ball has a slight hump out of the hand, working for 12/6 shape at 58-63.  Good feel for the breaking ball.  Change-up is thrown with solid hand speed, occasionally cutting, at 66-67. 
Right handed hitter.  Average bat speed, working gap-to-gap from a tall base.  Fights for rhythm.  Exit velocity peaked at 80 mph,  wanting extension and some uphill leverage.  Clean exchanges from the outfield to a long arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Good accuracy on throws with a positional velocity of 74 out of the hand.  Ran a 7.63 sixty.

Garret Knapp LHP / Fuquay-Varina, NC / 2020


Average 6-foot-2, 171 pound frame.  Some effort in the delivery, working with good rhythm and level shoulders through balance.  Lands across his line and with a closed front toe.  Long arm swing, plunging out of the glove.  High-3/4 release.  Fastball has run out of the hand, sitting 72-77.  Change-up has arm side run with solid hand speed at 66.  Breaking ball at 60-61 with gradual 10/4 tilt.  Around the zone with all three pitches.  As arm speed increases, stuff should rise as well.

Reece Landmark 1B / OF / Fuquay-Varina , NC / 2020


Lanky, thin 6-foot-4, 175 pound frame.  Plenty of room to continue to add strength.   For his size, shows quickness, running a 7.18 sixty.  Strength is present in the swing from the right side with an exit velocity of 86 off the barrel.  Long arms.  Tall, balanced, and athletic in his setup.  Slight weight shift back to load.  Small stride.  Better than average bat speed, working level and wanting extension.  Pull side gap emphasis.  Line drive approach.  Some pull pop present.  At 1st base, good bend with active, quick feet.  Works himself into good hops.  Good rhythm between the feet and hands.  Clean transition and medium arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Accurate throws with good carry.  Positional velocity of 76 mph out of the hand.  Good ceiling left as he continues to mature into the lanky frame.

Reid Richards C / 3B / Middle Creek, NC / 2020


Lanky, 6-foot-3, 160 pounder.  Frame will continue to handle strength additions.  Slightly open and athletic in his stance, working to stay in his legs.  Uses a leg kick to shift his weight back.  Some pre-pitch waggle, calming into his load, taking the bat to a vertical position to launch.  Average stride.  Good bat speed with advanced feel for the barrel.  Works level, staying in the middle of the field, but showing some pull power when getting extension.  Good balance throughout.  Quiet head throughout.  Exit velocity peaked at 87 mph off the barrel.  Behind the plate, narrow base with good hip flexion.  Solid target to throw to.  Works to a vertical position to transition across his chest with a short arm swing to a over-the-top release.  Clean with some quickness through the release.  Some accuracy with average carry.  Positional velocity peaked at 74 out of the crouch.  Pop times ranged 2.11 – 2.19.  Ran a 7.39 sixty.

Richie Van Tassel SS / RHP / Cardinal Gibbons , NC / 2020


Athletic 6-foot-2, 170 pound frame.  Frame can continue to add strength.  Some quickness with a 7.26 sixty.   Fluid and athletic defensively.  Good angles.  Works to catch the ball off the inside left hip.  Easy transitions and transfers to a clean arm action.  Multiple angles from the arm to match footwork with accuracy and carry present.  83 mph across the diamond.  Right handed hitter.  Tall with an open base.  Quiet and simple approach.  Small stride.  Direct and flat through the zone.  Average bat speed, working controlled with excellent barrel awareness.  Worked the middle of the field with a lot of line drives.  Exit velocity peaked at 80 mph.

Darrien Whitaker OF / LHP / Cox Mill, NC / 2020

Thin, athletic build, standing 6-foot, 160 pounds.  Left handed hitter.  Tall, open base.  Strides back to even, gaining aggressive ground.  Looks to turn early to get extension.  Average bat speed.  As hand strength improves, the flat path and barrel ability will allow the swing to produce quickly.  In the outfield, works to play through the ball.  Easy catch and transfer across his chest to a long, loose arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Good rhythm.  Average carry at 81 mph out of the hand with some feel for accuracy.  Ran a 7.46 sixty.