Trackman Leaders: TPA Scout Day - Hitters


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

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On Wednesday June 15th PBR of North Carolina was on hand at Ting Park for a Scout Day with the TPA Organization. The Scout Day featured players from the 2023-2026 Grad Classes.

The day started with catchers going through a defensive evaluation followed by pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting ball flight information. Following the bullpens, players ran a laser timed 60 using swift technology. Position players then took batting practice on the field with Trackman gathering ball flight data. The day concluded with outfielders and infielders going through a defensive workout. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance. Look for more information to follow in the coming days. 

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Trackman Hitting Data

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 Matthew Prince NC Apex 2023 OF 99.0 mph
2 Samari Robinson NC Green Level 2023 OF 96.7 mph
3 Lane Herndon NC Garner 2023 3B 96.3 mph
4 Kyler Pena NC Home School 2024 3B 96.2 mph
5 Jake Cackovic NC Holly Springs 2025 RHP 95.5 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 Lane Herndon NC Garner 2023 3B 90.7 mph
2 Nathan Bunch NC Athens Drive Magnet 2024 1B 88.5 mph
3 Cole Bowie NC Holly Springs 2024 RHP 87.2 mph
4 Matthew Prince NC Apex 2023 OF 87.1 mph
5 Jake Cackovic NC Holly Springs 2025 RHP 87.0 mph

PEAK DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Lane Herndon NC Garner 2023 3B 365 ft
2 Nathan Bunch NC Athens Drive Magnet 2024 1B 353 ft
3 Jake Cackovic NC Holly Springs 2025 RHP 351 ft
4 Samari Robinson NC Green Level 2023 OF 344 ft
5 Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 343 ft

AVERAGE DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Nathan Bunch NC Athens Drive Magnet 2024 1B 286 ft
2 William Benson NC Leesville Road 2026 1B 273 ft
3 Lucca Pascarella NC Cape Fear 2024 C 261 ft
4 Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 261 ft
5 Samari Robinson NC Green Level 2023 OF 258 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 Lane Herndon NC Garner 2023 3B 55 %
2 Nathan Bunch NC Athens Drive Magnet 2024 1B 54 %
3 Matthew Prince NC Apex 2023 OF 50 %
4 Kyler Pena NC Home School 2024 3B 45 %
5 Jake Cackovic NC Holly Springs 2025 RHP 44 %

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 Will Newton NC Apex 2024 OF 80 %
2 Tanner Ferguson NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 SS 71 %
^ Bryan Castevens NC Chapel Hill 2025 C 71 %
3 Jackson Kosnar NC Broughton 2023 C 69 %
4 Drake Della Ratta NC Holly Springs 2024 SS 62 %
5 Jacob Cesarz NC Cary Christian 2026 SS 60 %

Ground ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 Paul Harrell NC Athens Drive 2025 OF 66 %
^ Cody Kennison NC Green Hope 2023 LHP 66 %
2 Gib Wirt NC The Burlington School 2025 C 62 %
3 Dylan Davis NC Middle Creek 2024 OF 60 %
4 Carter Zamora NC Green Level 2024 RHP 50 %
^ Dominic O'Keefe NC Orange 2025 OF 50 %
5 Samuel Bertram NC Broughton 2024 C 45 %

Fly Ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 William Benson NC Leesville Road 2026 1B 90.9 %
2 Vincent Lee NC Green Level 2025 C 87.5 %
^ Nathaniel Roller NC Green Level 2024 C 87.5 %
3 Carson Clem NC Willow Springs 2026 RHP 71.4 %
4 Isaac Pulido NC Garner Magnet 2025 C 66.7 %
5 William Ryan Morris NC Middle Creek 2025 OF 62.5 %
^ Ethan Lavinder NC Middle Creek 2023 SS 62.5 %
^ Lucca Pascarella NC Cape Fear 2024 C 62.5 %