Prep Baseball Report

Trackman Hitting Leaders: East Coast Dodgers Scout Day


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Saturday January 14th PBR of North Carolina was on hand at Next Level Training Center in Greenville, NC for a Scout Day with the East Coast Dodgers Organization. The scout day featured players from all over the country in the 2024-2028 grad classes. 

The day began with catchers going through a defensive evaluation followed by pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting advanced analytics. Once bullpens were complete, position players ran a laser timed 10 yd and 30 yd sprint. Position players then took BP with Trackman collecting ball flight data. The open atmosphere of Next Level allowed players, coaches and scouts to see ball flight off the bat. The night concluded with outfielders and infielders going through a defensive evaluation. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance. 

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Trackman Hitting Leaders

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY

TrackMan is able to track every ball hit into fair territory, throughout the BP sessions.  Below are the exit velocities produced by individual players.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 94.1 mph
2 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 94.1 mph
3 Carson Beavers MN Rochester Mayo 2024 OF 92.5 mph
4 Connor Payne NC Apex Friendship 2025 3B 92.3 mph
5 jack strom NC Millbrook 2025 OF 91.3 mph
6 Connor Wright NC Millbrook 2025 1B 90.4 mph
7 Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 90.2 mph
8 Caden French NC Wakefield 2024 OF 90.1 mph
9 Aarren Marshall TX Lovejoy 2024 SS 89.9 mph
10 Brandon Suler NJ North Hunterdon 2025 RHP 89.5 mph

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY

The average exit velocity measures a players ability to consistently produce hard contact.  The average was taken based on every ball tracked by TrackMan throughout the player's BP session.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 90.0 mph
2 Connor Payne NC Apex Friendship 2025 3B 88.7 mph
3 Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 87.6 mph
4 Thomas Vanson NC Cardinal Gibbons 2025 OF 87.3 mph
5 Carson Beavers MN Rochester Mayo 2024 OF 86.8 mph
6 Carter Huffman NC New Bern 2026 SS 86.0 mph
7 Connor Wright NC Millbrook 2025 1B 84.6 mph
8 Luke Taibi NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 84.5 mph
9 Caden French NC Wakefield 2024 OF 84.2 mph
10 Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 84.0 mph

PEAK DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 364 ft
2 Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 344 ft
3 Connor Wright NC Millbrook 2025 1B 341 ft
4 Luke Taibi NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 338 ft
5 Carson Beavers MN Rochester Mayo 2024 OF 328 ft
6 Connor Payne NC Apex Friendship 2025 3B 323 ft
7 Thomas Vanson NC Cardinal Gibbons 2025 OF 322 ft
8 Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 319 ft
9 Aarren Marshall TX Lovejoy 2024 SS 309 ft
10 Carter Huffman NC New Bern 2026 SS 304 ft

AVERAGE DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 298 ft
2 Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 278 ft
3 Connor Wright NC Millbrook 2025 1B 249 ft
4 Aiden LaSalle NY Archbishop Stepinac 2026 C 243 ft
5 Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 233 ft
6 Wyatt Wert NC Wakefield 2025 1B 232 ft
7 Albert Gonzales WV Philip Barbour 2024 SS 198 ft
8 Ethan Staub NC Wake Forest 2025 SS 191 ft
9 Carson Beavers MN Rochester Mayo 2024 OF 189 ft
10 Kody Adkins MD Chopticon 2025 SS 179 ft

HARD HIT PERCENTAGE

TrackMan is able to track and follow exit velocities of each hitter.  Based on the individual's top exit velocity, TrackMan is able to give us a percentage of hard hit balls.  This percentage is based off of each individual hitter's top exit velocity.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hard Hit %
1 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 60 %
2 Carson Beavers MN Rochester Mayo 2024 OF 44 %
3 Connor Payne NC Apex Friendship 2025 3B 40 %
4 Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 33 %
5 Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 12 %
6 jack strom NC Millbrook 2025 OF 11 %
7 Caden French NC Wakefield 2024 OF 10 %
8 Connor Wright NC Millbrook 2025 1B 9 %

LAUNCH ANGLE PERCENTAGE

Based on the ball flight, TrackMan is able to identify each hit as a ground ball, line drive, or fly ball.  While there are many factors as to why a hitter may approach each pitch in a certain way, the overall groupings of BP can give some insight to each hitter's approach.

Line Drive %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Line Drive %
1 Albert Gonzales WV Philip Barbour 2024 SS 62 %
^ Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 62 %
2 Tyler Abbe NC Heritage 2026 2B 60 %
^ Connor Payne NC Apex Friendship 2025 3B 60 %
3 Will Tobin NC Middle Creek 2025 OF 55 %
^ Carson Beavers MN Rochester Mayo 2024 OF 55 %
4 EVAN GENAO NC Wakefield High School 2025 OF 54 %
^ Aiden LaSalle NY Archbishop Stepinac 2026 C 54 %
5 NJ Uhlenberg NC Trinity School Durham 2028 OF 50 %
^ Kanen Pritchard NC Heritage 2028 LHP 50 %
^ Ethan Staub NC Wake Forest 2025 SS 50 %
^ Dean Tober NC N/A 2028 3B 50 %
^ William McCollum GA North Atlanta 2025 OF 50 %
6 Thomas Piscorik NC Wakefield 2028 SS 45 %
7 jack strom NC Millbrook 2025 OF 44 %
^ Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 44 %
8 Kolton Smittle PA Canon McMillan 2025 3B 42 %
^ Carter Huffman NC New Bern 2026 SS 42 %
9 Joseph Ciammaruconi NJ Christian Brothers Academy 2027 C 41 %
10 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 40 %
^ Jameson Stubbs NC Wake Forest 2025 2B 40 %

Ground Ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 Reed Ammons NC Lakewood 2028 C 66 %
2 Isaiah Pinero NC Pine Forest 2025 3B 62 %
3 Caden French NC Wakefield 2024 OF 60 %
4 Ryder Martinez PA St. Maria Goretti Catholic 2027 C 58 %
5 Carter Huffman NC New Bern 2026 SS 57 %
6 Thomas Vanson NC Cardinal Gibbons 2025 OF 55 %
^ Aarren Marshall TX Lovejoy 2024 SS 55 %
^ Ja'lynn Thomas NC Pine Forest 2026 OF 55 %
7 Ashton Davis NC West Bladen 2027 RHP 54 %
8 Max Gonzalez NJ Bergen Catholic 2026 C 50 %
^ Drew Briganti NC Heritage 2025 3B 50 %
^ DYLAN BLACKMON GA Grayson 2025 3B 50 %
^ Luke Taibi NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 50 %
^ Trenton Gilley GA North Oconee 2026 C 50 %
9 Thomas Piscorik NC Wakefield 2028 SS 45 %
10 Brandon Suler NJ North Hunterdon 2025 RHP 44 %
^ Will Tobin NC Middle Creek 2025 OF 44 %

Fly Ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Connor Wright NC Millbrook 2025 1B 63.6 %
2 John D Mitchell TX St. John XXIII College Preparatory 2024 RHP 60.0 %
3 Wyatt Wert NC Wakefield 2025 1B 50.0 %
^ Kody Adkins MD Chopticon 2025 SS 50.0 %
4 Aiden LaSalle NY Archbishop Stepinac 2026 C 45.5 %
5 Patrick Maloney NC Broughton 2024 C 44.4 %
6 DYLAN BLACKMON GA Grayson 2025 3B 40.0 %
7 Michael Peevey NC Cardinal Gibbons 2025 C 37.5 %
^ Davis Crowder NC St. David's 2024 1B 37.5 %
8 Brysen Williams NC Ayden Grifton 2027 SS 36.4 %
9 Joseph Ciammaruconi NJ Christian Brothers Academy 2027 C 33.3 %
^ Evan Clark NC Thales Rolesville 2027 OF 33.3 %
^ Joaquim Jack Araujo NJ Notre Dame 2027 C 33.3 %
10 Ethan Staub NC Wake Forest 2025 SS 30.0 %