Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: 2020 Top Underclass Games - Position Players

Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

Each year the North Carolina Top Underclass Games is a must see for college coaches and pro scouts.  The 2020 event featured close to 50 of the top uncommitted underclass players in the state.  Hosted at the Burlington Royals Stadium in Burlington, NC, players were treated to a 1st class playing surface to compliment the talent on hand.

The day featured a full pro-style workout for position players with a laser timed 60, full offensive and defensive workout, plus an 8 inning controlled scrimmage.  Pitchers threw live to hitters, allowing scouts to gauge stuff and pitch-ability. 

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Top Underclass Games.


By the Numbers:

  • 44 players participated in the full pro-style workout
  • 2 players ran sub-7.00 sixties
  • 9 players ran sub-7.20 sixties
  • 12 hitters posted exit velocities of 90mph or higher off the tee
  • 23 hitters were at 85mph or better off the tee
  • 5 hitters flashed an exit velocity of 85mph or higher in live BP
  • 9 INF or OF showed arm strength of at least 83mph from their position
  • 3 catchers threw pop times of under 2.00 in the workout
  • 6 catchers flashed at least one pop time under 2.20 in the workout
  • 20 pitchers threw live in the game setting
  • 8 pitchers worked at 83 or higher
  • 87mph was the top bolt of the day


Quick Hitters: Position Players



Luke Holland, OF, 2022  --  Athletic frame with projection left. Fluid swing with quick hands. Drove the ball middle and to left center. Flat barrel path with bat speed. Accurate arm from the outfield. 

Isaiah Hipp, OF/LHP, 2023  --  Hits from the left side with a direct barrel path. Strong top hand, lined balls through the middle and to his pull side. Quickness to his hands with barrel awareness. Good break on a ball tracking it down in right center field. 

Harrison Lewis, 1B/RHP, 2023  --  Physical presence in the box at 6 foot 4, 210-pounds. Fluid swing with bat speed. Pop to center and left center with lift to the barrel path. 

Ethan Young, 3B/RHP, 2022  --  Homered to left field during game action. Bat speed and strength are present. Keeps barrel through the zone with plenty of hard contact during batting practice. 

Henry Mitchell, SS/RHP, 2022  --  Switch hitter with feel from both sides of the plate. Had two barrels from the left side during game play, staying through an off speed pitch for a hit. Aggressive on the base paths and solid actions on the infield. Stood out throughout the day. 

Nigel Robinson, OF/RHP, 2023  --  Has raw strength with above average bat speed. Crushed a ball to the center field wall for a triple during game action. Accurate arm with carry from the outfield. Ran a 6.78 60. 

Brantley Truitt, OF/SS, 2023  --  Loose stroke from the left side with feel for his barrel. Barrel stays through the zone with a line drive approach. Drove a ball to right center during game play. Loose, accurate arm from the outfield. Frame has room for growth ahead. 

Hunter Huneycutt, C/SS, 2023  --  Switch hitter with barrel awareness from both sides. Hit several line drives throughout his BP rounds. Versatile player with quickness to his game and projection ahead. 

Will Epstein, OF, 2022  --  Made lots of hard contact to both gaps during batting practice. Short swing with feel for his barrel during game action. Accurate arm from the outfield. 

Jimmy Lovelace, RHP/3B, 2023  --  Strength and bat speed are present. Drove balls to both gaps during batting practice. Accurate arm with carry across the diamond.

Jack McGowan, 1B/OF, 2022 -- Physical at 6 foot 4, 215-pounds. Has bat speed and strength driving balls through the middle of the field. Plays relaxed at first base with better than average hands.



Kaden Ethier, 2B/SS, 2022  --  Barreled three balls during game action. Balanced, short swing with a line drive approach using the whole field. 

Dylan Kelly, C/1B, 2023  --  Loose swing with quick hands. Drove the gaps during batting practice. Hit a ball hard to left field during game play. Accurate arm with his best workout pop time at 1.99. 

Jordan Overton, OF/C, 2022  --  Made lots of loud contact during his BP rounds. Trackman recorded a couple balls over 100 mph off his barrel. Swing is loose and left the yard to left center in BP and doubled to left center during the scrimmage. 

Will Papciak, SS/RHP, 2023  --  Projectable athletic frame catches the eye. Swing is loose and the barrel stays through the zone. Put together solid game at bats hitting two balls hard off his barrel. 

Bristol Carter, OF/SS, 2023  --  Immediately drew attention posting a 6.67 60. Hands are quick with a direct barrel path lining balls out. Made hard contact to right center for a double during game action. 

Mayson Dear, C/2B, 2023  --  Has arm strength with carry from behind the plate. Best workout pop time recorded a 1.97. Hit a ball hard to right field during game play. Hands are quick with lift to the barrel path. 

Andrew Franz, 2B/RHP, 2022  --  Has barrel with a short swing and level bat path. Made hard contact to center field during the scrimmage. Arm has some carry across the infield. 

Christian Cole, 2B/OF, 2022  --  Switch hitter with a middle of the field approach. Loose swing showing barrel awareness from the left side with hard contact multiple times during game action. 

Gavin Gallaher, SS/2B, 2023  --  Relaxed during batting practice with plenty of feel for his barrel. Swing is loose, lining balls middle and to his pull side. Plays with rhythm on the infield and made an athletic play on a ball in the 6 hole during the scrimmage. 

Matthew Gross, 3B/RHP, 2023  --  Short swing with bat speed and strength present. Hit two balls hard to the left side during game action. Accurate arm with above average hands on the infield.