The Performance Academy Scout Day: 2022 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 2022.  The evaluations feature 8 players in the TPA organization, spanning most positions.  Inside the 2022 class, the workout featured 2 players with exit velocities over 85 mph and 3 players with a sub-7.20 sixty, two under 7.00.  Of the eight players profiled, five worked out at a position and off the mound.

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


PBR Scout Day: The Performance Academy - 2022 Grads



Adam Booker C / RHP / Middle Creek, NC / 2022


Athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 165 pounds.  Balanced, athletic setup from the right side.  Simple medium stride with the knee pivoting in to load the front hip.  Hands work the bat from a flat position up towards a vertical slot at launch.  Average bat speed, working gap-to-gap, with a line drive approach.  Average barrel awareness.  Exit velocity peaked at 83 mph.  Behind the dish, works for bend in the hips with a high setup.  Exchanges across the chest to a short arm action and over-the-top release.  Front side and head clear to give the slot room.  Positional velocity from the crouch of 77 mph with pop times ranging 2.06 – 2.11.  Average carry and some feel for the bag on the throws. 
On the mound, good rhythm, working level and in-line.  Lands square.  Better than average arm speed.  Fastball at 77-79, touching 81.  Around the zone with the fastball, with misses up and to the arm side.  Good feel for a change-up at 72-73.  Change has arm side run and solid hand speed.  Breaking ball has gradual, rolling action with 11/5 tilt at 65-71.  Strike thrower, the fastball and change-up combination has a chance to keep hitters off balance.

Ethan Clinkscales OF / RHP / Panther Creek, NC / 2022

Broad shoulders and stocky frame at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.  Quickness exists, running a 6.92 sixty.  Left handed hitter works from an open stance, crouched.  Small stride.  Works for rotation and extension.  Heavy pull emphasis.  Average bat speed.  Lacks some feel for the barrel.   Exit velocity peaked at 79 mph.  Works to play through balls in the outfield.  Average hands.  Fights trough the catch at times.  Clean exchanges to a short, scapular load arm path and high-3/4 slot.  Lacks some extension.  Positional velocity of 78 mph.
On the mound, small side step and lift to above the belt.  Leg swings open to the landing, slightly across the line.  Low front side with a medium arm swing to an over-the-top slot.  Controlled tempo.  Fastball at 74-76.  Strikes with the fastball.  Inconsistent with the breaking ball and change-up.  Decent hand speed on the change at 70-71.  Gradual 11/5 tilt to the breaking ball at 64-65.

Dean Collum RHP / 1B / Holly Springs, NC / 2022


Broad, sloped shoulders with strength in the base at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds.  Fastball ranged 78-81 with more coming soon.  Better than average arm speed.  Average rhythm, working level and in-line, landing square.  Long, loose arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Normal effort.  Around the zone with all three pitches.  Change up has solid arm speed and arm side run out of the hand, sitting at 72.  Breaking ball worked for consistent tilt, wanting 11/5 action.  Gradual spin ranging 69-71.
Right handed hitter.  Tall, open base.  Flat bat.  Works for extension.  Pull emphasis.  Average bat speed.  Good barrel awareness.  Solid rhythm and looseness.  Fluid path.  Exit velocity up to 87 mph.  At first base, fluid athletic feet and good rhythm between the feet and hands.  Plays through the ball.  Clean exchanges.  Quick release with accuracy.  Positional velocity of 75 with easy carry.  Ran a 7.98 sixty.

Jared Mayer C / RHP / South Garner, NC / 2022


5-foot-10, 160 pounds.  Still maturing.  Right handed hitter.  Tall and open in is setup.  Toe tap, working back to even prior to a medium stride.  Small hand movement.  Average bat speed.  Lacks pure barrel feel.  Lots of movement into the pitch.  Tends to have the upper half fall out over the plate through contact.  Gap-to-gap approach.  Flat through the zone.  Exit velocity of 74 mph off the barrel.  Behind the dish, good hip bend and presentation in the setup.  Aggressive, quick feet, gaining ground through the transition.  Exchanges across the chest.  Short arm stroke to an over-the-top release.  Average feel for accuracy.  Positional velocity of 73 mph out of the crouch with pop times ranging 2.29 – 2.36. 
On the mound, works from a high-3/4 slot and a side arm slot.  Fastball ranged 65-68 from the side slot and peaked at 73 from over the top.  Slight arm side action on the side slot with a good feel for locating to the arm side.  Slows the arm some on the change-up, sitting at 58 with sink.  Fired change in for strikes.  Breaking ball has a sweeping action, ranging 58-60.  Movement begins out of the hand.  Simple, repeatable delivery.  Long, loose arm action with the elbow working above the shoulder line.  Some rhythm, working level, and on-line.  Lands in-line and square.  Arm speed will need to quicken to make a jump.

Lukas Schramm OF / C / Apex , NC / 2022


Physical athlete with quickness and strength present in a 6-foot-2, 205 pound frame.  Ran a 6.92 sixty with a positional arm grade of 91 mph out of the outfield.  Also showed strength with the bat posting an exit velocity of 86 mph.  Right handed hitter is balanced and athletic in his setup.  Quiet with just a slight waggle in the bat pre-pitch.  Calms into his load, a simple weight shift back on a short, quiet stride forward.  Working level and in the middle of the field with good bat speed and a feel for the barrel.  Wants extension.  Pull side power is present.  Ball jumps when on the barrel.  Loose with rhythm throughout.  Good balance through the finish.  In the outfield, works with athleticism, playing through the ball.  An ease to the catch and transition.  Fluid rhythm.  Long arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Advanced carry and good accuracy.  High ceiling as the frame continues to mature, with strength and quickness present.

Landon Sykes RHP / 3B / Holly Springs, NC / 2022


Thin, 6-foot-3, 165 pounder.  Lots of maturation ahead.  Tall setup on the right side.  Waggle in the hands and bat.  Loads the hands back with an average stride.  Inconsistent launch position and bat angle.  Limited barrel feel through the zone.  Good bat speed with some whip.  Loose and athletic at contact.  Worked gap-to-gap.  Exit velocity of 76 mph off the barrel.  On the infield, works to be early with his setup.  Average hip bend.  Catches the ball from the center of his frame to the inside right hip.  Long transition, working to the midsection.  Clean arm to a high-3/4 release.  Some effort through release.  Average carry at 72 mph across the diamond.  Ran a 7.56 sixty.

Billy Waldron OF / LHP / Holly Springs, NC / 2022

Athletic in a young frame at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds.  Ran a 7.12 sixty, with quickness in game.  Left handed hitter is tall and loose in the box.  Slight leg kick to load the weight back with hand rhythm creating some lag in the bat head at launch.  Aggressive stride.  Works for extension.  Advanced bat speed.  Works gap-to-gap with fluid rhythm and a level approach.  Exit velocity up to 80 mph.  From the outfield, works to play through the baseball with fluid feet and clean exchanges.  Long arm path to a high-3/4 slot.  Good accuracy on throws measured at 82 mph out of the hand.
On the mound, the fastball worked 71-74 with early run out of the hand.  Breaking ball continued to improve throughout the bullpen, ranging 64-66 with downer action.  Good spin, with a slight hump out of the hand early.  Choppy rhythm through balance, working with uphill leverage in his shoulders.  Lands on-line and square.  Slight stab out of the glove as the arm plunges.  Some effort to the high-3/4 slot.

Cameron Williams RHP / 3B / Apex Friendship, NC / 2022

Strength is present.  Broad, sloped shoulders.  Stands 6-foot, 175.  Threw a controlled bullpen, controlling some effort after throwing a few days prior.  Fastball ranged 79-82.  Change-up has sink and fade at times, with solid hand speed at 60-63.  Flooded the zone with the fastball / change combination.  Breaking ball rolls out of the hand with gradual action at 61-62.   Side saddle with a small rocker, lifting to the mid-chest.  Strong at balance.  Works on-line and in-line, landing square.  Low front side.  Long arm swing to a high-3/4 slot.  Quick arm with looseness.  Good extension with the hips working through each pitch.  Potential high ceiling with frame and arm quickness.