Prep Baseball Report

The Performance Academy Scout Day: 2021 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 continue our look at the TPA players with the class of 2021.  The evaluations feature 8 players in the TPA organization, spanning most positions.  Inside the 2020 class, the workout saw 3 exit velocities above 85 mph, 4 sixty times below 7.20, and a top catcher pop time of 1.97 in the workout.

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PBR Scout Day: The Performance Academy - 2021 Evaluations


Bryan Arendt C / 1B / Holly Springs , NC / 2021


Good athlete in a physical frame, standing 6-foot-1, 190 pounds.  Filled the stat sheet running a 6.83 sixty on the laser timer and showcasing advanced carry from behind the dish with a positional velocity of 84 mph from the crouch.  Exit velocity off the bat peaked at 90 mph.  Behind the dish, has solid bend in the hips and athletic feet.  Short arm stroke and clean exchanges to a high-3/4 slot.  True carry, showing some feel for the bag with pop times ranging 1.97 – 2.08.  At 1st base, the hands and feet work with some rhythm, slightly high in his setup, catching balls deep at times.  Consistent with the catch.  Easy, athletic transfer with a short arm action and accurate throws with a positional velocity peaking at 80 mph.  Right handed hitter has some pop, working from a slightly open base.  Looks to drive balls with a pull-gap emphasis, wanting extension.  Better than average bat speed.   Strength over bat speed at this point.   Shows barrel awareness.  High ceiling with strength and quickness present, but with room to continue to fill out.

Alec Benigar SS / RHP / Holly Springs, NC / 2021


Young, maturing frame, standing 5-foot-10, 165 pounds.  Active feet on the infield.  Good rhythm between the feet and hands with quick, clean transfers.  Tends to catch the ball off the right, inside hip, working toward the midsection, before transferring to a medium arm swing and high-3/4 release.  Average carry and good accuracy on throws that peaked at 81 mph across the diamond.  Right handed hitter is tall, slightly open, with a flat bat.  Uses a leg kick to load the body.  Average stride, landing back to even.  Works for extension.  Pull emphasis.  Good rhythm.  Loose with average bat speed, staying level through the zone.  Line drive approach.  Exit velocity up to 83 mph off the barrel.  Laser timed sixty at 7.27.
On the mound, uses a small side step and kick to the low chest to start the delivery.  Low hands, set a the belt.  Works on-line, landing in-line and slightly closed with the front foot.  Some effort in the arm swing to an over-the-top slot.  Good extension with a slight fall toward 1B.  Fastball ranged 77-79, touching 81.  Breaking ball is thrown with hand speed, resulting in a sharp, 11/5 tilt late at 69-72.  Strike thrower flooded the zone with the two pitch mix.

Payton Bloom OF / SS / Apex Friendship, NC / 2021


Athletic frame with length at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.  Right handed hitter.  Tall, balanced, using a small kick to load the weight back.  Hands load the bat from a flat position to a vertical position with an average stride.   Works for extension with average bat speed.  Uphill leverage, rotating on the back leg.  Good barrel awareness with solid contact in multiple rounds.  Exit velocity peaked at 86 mph.  Aggressive in the outfield with trust in his hands and feet.  Easy exchanges at the midsection to a long arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Better than average carry with good accuracy on throws measuring 86 mph out of the hand.  Ran a 7.00 sixty.

Brendan Burke C / 1B / Panther Creek, NC / 2021


Strength is present in a 6-foot-2, 200 pound frame.  Left handed hitter.  Glides to the front side with an aggressive stride.  Limited hand movement.  Flat through the zone, working for extension with a pull emphasis.  Strength in the hands.  Ball jumps to the pull side.   Average bat speed and barrel feel.  84 mph exit velocity.  Behind the dish, good hip bend and aggressive transition across the chest to his exchange.  Short arm action.  High-3/4 slot.  Average carry with feel for the bag.  Pop times ranged 2.11 – 2.29 with a positional velocity of 77 out of the crouch.  At first base, works for rhythm in the feet.  Consistent catch, working to funnel to the midsection.  Long feet as the arm works through a short arm swing to a high-3/4 release.  Carry is true with accuracy and a positional velocity of 81 mph.  Ran a 8.16 sixty.

Jacob Coffin LHP / OF / Apex , NC / 2021


Athletic 5-foot-10, 150 pound build.  Some quickness and strength present.  Ran a 6.97 sixty.  On the mound, average leg kick and high front side, setting some uphill leverage.  Long arm action plunges out of the glove.  Closed at balance, works back to landing on-line.  Over-the-top release.  Fastball sat 79-81, touching 83.  Down angle when down with occasional arm side run.  Pounded the zone with fastball.  Good feel for the change-up at 68-70 with solid hand speed.  Some run to the change.  Breaking ball works with gradual 12/6 tilt at 64-65.
Balanced setup in the box from the left side.  Pre-pitch waggle.  Short stride with a small hand load.  Bat position can differ at launch pitch to pitch creating some barrel issues.  Average bat speed.  Works level through the zone.  Gap-to-gap approach.  Exit velocity of 84 mph off the barrel.  On the right side, more consistent with his launch position, balanced setup, with more crouch.  Short stride and bigger hand load.  Early rhythm setting the foot down early.  Works for extension with pull emphasis.  Longer swing on right side.  Exit velocity of 81 mph from the right side.  Athletic through balls with an easy catch and transfer.  Long arm action to an over-the-top slot.  Average accuracy.  Good arm but lacked carry at times with a top positional velocity of 82mph. 

Sam Holt OF / 3B / Middle Creek, NC / 2021


5-foot-11, 155 pounds.  Right handed hitter.  Tall, open, working back to even with a small stride.  Vertical bat.  Small hand load.  Average bat speed.  Some length.  Average barrel feel.  Works gap-to-gap.  In the outfield, easy catch.  Long exchanges.  Long arm swing, working to load the scapular with some body wrap.  Fights to get to the over-the-top slot.  Positional carry at 77 mph with some accuracy.  Ran a 7.47 sixty.

Cole McGivern SS / 2B / Middle Creek , NC / 2021


Thin 5-foot-10, 145 pound frame with a lot of maturation ahead.  Right handed hitter.  Open and athletic in the setup.  Slight weight shift, working the bat to a lagged position for launch.  Aggressive stride.  Weight tends to fall out over the plate.  Average bat speed, working level through the zone.  Line drive, gap-to-gap approach with some feel for the barrel.   Exit velocity up to 74 mph.  Active feet and loose hands on the infield.  Works with some rhythm.  Tends to catch the ball off the inside right hip, transitioning to the belt with a long, loose arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Arm can adjust to multiple slots, showing good accuracy and some carry.  Positional velocity of 73 across the diamond.  Ran a 7.89 sixty.

Jonah Oster C / 3B / Middle Creek, NC / 2021


Athletic 6-foot-2, 175 pound frame.  Open and tall from the right side.  Slow, low kick allows the weight to transfer back while the front side gets on-line to a medium stride.  Works for extension.  Better than average bat speed with some uphill leverage in the launch position.  Gap-to-gap with some pull side power presenting.  Drove the baseball consistently.  Average feel for the barrel.  Exit velocity up to 84 mph.  Loose hips and good setup behind the dish.  Hands work with some ease.  Transitions to a tall base with a low transfer across the belt on his throws to 2B.  Medium arm swing and over-the-top release.  Positional velocity of 76 out of the crouch with pop times ranging 2.08 – 2.15.  Ball tends to stay true out of the hand with some feel for accuracy.  On the infield, moves with active feet, working to catch the ball in the center of the frame, occasionally allowing it to drift to the inside right hip.  Soft hands, funnel to the midsection.  Easy, clean transition to a medium arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Some carry at 81 mph across the diamond.  Rana 7.40 sixty.