Prep Baseball Report

Three Hillier: PBR Player of the Week April 16-22

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

Player of the Week nominations are submitted by High School coaches across North Carolina each week.  Along with the nominations, Prep Baseball Report is diving into box scores, talking to coaches and scouts, and attending as many games as possible.

The Asheville HS Cougars won their two games during the week of April 16-22, scoring a total of 34 runs.  A big part of that run production was Sophomore Catcher Three Hillier.  Hillier hit .857 on the week, slugging 1.571 with two doubles and a home run.  In total, Hill accounted for 13 runs, or 38% of the Cougar run production.  For his work Three Hillier has earned the PBR Player of the Week honors.

Several other players had big weeks.  Chase Hall of Laney HS and Zach Grice of West Stanly HS each threw no-hitters.  Michael Mutterer hit .833 on the week for Hickory Ridge.  Brooks Baldwin posted another good week for the Wolfpack of Whiteville HS, after winning the PBR weekly award just a couple of weeks ago.

Over 25 players make the list this week as PBR works in conjunction with HS coaches from across North Carolina to honor players that are putting up numbers. 

PBR Player of the Week

Three Hillier, C, Asheville HS, 2020
+ Offensive outburst keyed 2 wins for Asheville HS
+ Hit .857, Slugged 1.571
+6-7, 2 Doubles, HR, 3 Walks, 7 Runs, and 6 RBI

Honorable Mention

Michael Mutterer, OF, Hickory Ridge HS, 2018
+ Hit .833 on the week
+ 5-6, Double, HR, 2 Walks, 2 HBP, 5 Runs, and 3 RBI

Chase Hall, RHP, Laney, 2019
+ Earned his 2nd no-hitter of the year vs. West Brunswick in a conference matchup
+ CG 5IP, 0H, 0R, 8K, 1BB
+ Finished the game with 67 total pitches

Josh Reynolds, RHP, North Forsyth HS, 2019
+ One Hitter vs. Dudley
+ Picked up his 2nd win in 2 weeks in only his 3rd start
+ 7IP, 1H, 0R, 11K, 1BB

Nik Pry, OF/RHP, Pinecrest HS, 2018
+ Offensive and defensive production led to a 2-1 week for Pinecrest
+ Hit .400 with 2 HR, 4 Runs, and 7 RBI
+ Earned a win on the bump working a CG, 7IP with only 1 ER

Leroy Edwards, OF, Southern Nash High School, 2018
+ Big week at the dish and on the bump
+ Hit .455 with 5 hits, slugging .909
+ 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 7 RBI and 4 Runs scored
+ Earned a win and a save on the mound – 7.2IP, 3R, 2ER, 7K, 6BB

Zach Grice, LHP, West Stanly, 2018
+ Worked a No-hitter in win over Anson HS
+ 6.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 16K, 3 BB
+ Lifted with one out to go after throwing 106 pitches… No-no was finished off in relief
+ Only 1 ball left the infield… Threw 75 strikes (71% strikes)

Brooks Baldwin, INF, Whiteville HS, 2018
+ Hit .692 and slugged 1.077
+ 9-13, 3 2B, 3B, 10RBI, 5 Runs
+ Also worked on the bump picking up a win with 7K, 0BB

Other Top Performers

Price King, LHP, Ashley HS, 2018
+ Keyed a conference win over South Brunswick while picking up his 9th win
+ CG, 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 11K, 1BB

Colby Ferguson, P, Burns HS,
+ CG win over Forestview
+ 7IP, 4H, 0R, 9K, 1BB

Dalton Putnam, SS, Burns HS, 2018
+ Solid offensive week keyed three Burns HS wins
+ Hit .417, 2 Doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs

Tyler Shephard, RHP, Carolina Royals,
+ CG win over Carmel Chrisitian
+ 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 15K, 0BB

Hayden Setzer, LHP, East Rowan, 2018
+ Matches Owen White over 7 innings to get a big win over Carson HS
+ 7IP, 4H, 0R, 9K, 1BB

Chandler Patrick, P, Goldsboro HS,
+ CG win in 5 innings over Kinston
+ 5IP, 2H, 0R, 10K, 0BB

Conor McGee, 1B, Hickory Ridge HS, 2018
+ Hit .625 on the week
+ 5-8, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs, and 2 Stolen Bases

Jose Vargas, SS, Hickory Ridge HS, 2019
+ Jose went 7-11, 3R, 5 RBI, 4 2B for the week.
+ Jose went 4-4 with 3 2B, and 3 RBI against the Charlotte Stampede.

Logan Whitaker, RHP, Ledford HS, 2018
+ Dominated on bump in win over East Davidson
+ 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 15K, 3BB

Brennan Malone, RHP, Porter Ridge HS, 2019
+ ND in win over Providence Day
+ 7IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 10K, 1BB

Connor Patterson, LHP, Providence Grove HS, 2018
+ Strong outing in win over SW Randolph
+ Win, 6IP, 2H, 0R, 12K, 0BB

Wyatt Beatini, C, South Brunswick, 2018
+ Big week at the plate led South Brunswick in a 3 game week
+ Hit .556, going 5-9 with 1 run scored

AJ Jones, SS, Southern Nash High School, 2020
+ SS shifted to 1B for the week and had a big week at the plate as well
+ Hit .444 going 4-9 with a HR, 5 Walks, 6 Runs, and 5 RBI

Alexander Ortiz, RHP, SouthWest Edgecombe, 2019
+ Big outing in relief
+ 5.2IP, 2H, 0R, 7K

Cody Fuller, RHP, SouthWest Edgecombe, 2018
+ Hit .545 with 6 hits, 1 triple, scoring 6 runs
+ Win on the bump, 3.2IP, 1H, 0ER, 5K in relief.

Joseph Roach, OF, SouthWest Edgecombe, 2020
+ Solid week at the plate while playing 3 different positions in the three game week
+ Hit .455 with 5 hits and 3 RBI.  Stole 3 bases

T.J. Harris, RHP, SouthWest Edgecombe, 2018
+ Excellent week pitching and hitting.
+ 2-for-3 with, one double, and 5 BB in three games.
+ On the mound he had 5IP, with 8K's, and 1ER.