Tri State Arsenal South - Outfielder Analysis


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

On Saturday October 19th, Prep Baseball Report was at Scotland County HS to run a PBR Scout Day for the TriState Arsenal South organization out of North Carolina.  The day included a full pro-style workout for position players and controlled bullpens for the pitchers on hand.  With close to thirty players on hand, PBR scouts were able to gather a lot of information.

The position players ran a laser timed 60, worked through several offensive stations, including multiple rounds of live BP, and a defensive workout at their primary position.  PBR Scouts collected information in each evaluation that will lead to a full player evaluation on each player in attendance, along with video that will be added to each player profile page.  The pitchers threw controlled bullpens with PBR scouts evaluating stuff, delivery, arm action, and command. 

We continue our look at the Arsenal players with an in-depth look at the primary outfielders from the event.  Players grad years ranged from 2021 - 2024.  Several underclass players flashed carry from the outfield with strength in the box.  CLICK HERE for the full roster and statistics from the Scout Days.

 

PBR Scout Day: Tri State Arsenal South Outfielders

 

Jarrett Crabtree OF / RHP / Grace Christain, NC / 2023

 

Thin frame at 5 foot 11, 155-pounds.  Balanced setup from the left side of the plate.  Small load with little to no stride and his hands working back.  Some quickness to his hands with a mostly pull approach.  Bat path can get long at times with his weight doesn’t transfer.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 77 mph.  Works to balls in the outfield with average hands.  Clean transfers with a long arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Some accuracy to his throws that topped at 74 mph.  Recorded a 7.28 in the 60.
On the bump, the fastball played straight, attacking the zone at 74-76 with a peak spin of 1937 rpm.  The breaking ball flashed late tilt at times at 63, but was typically creating 11/5 early tilt at 60-62.  Erratic, many of the spin misses were down and away.  Breaking ball spun at 1704 rpm.  Works level through balance.  Lands across his line with a closed front foot, falling toward 1B as he works for extension.  Over-the-top release with some stiffness while the head bails toward 1B early.

Alex Hatcher OF / RHP / Scotland , NC / 2023

 

Strong build at 5 foot 5, 171-pounds.  Hits from the right side with a wide base and his bat starting flat above his back shoulder.  Barrel works up during his load with a short stride.  Looks to lift the ball with better than average bat speed.  Swing can get big at times but has strength when he gets it on the barrel.  Exit velocity recorded at 90 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Clean exchanges with a long arm action, throwing form a high ¾ slot.  Some carry and accuracy to his throws that topped at 81 mph.  Recorded a 7.63 in the 60.
On the mound, works with a kick to the mid-chest while on-line.  Strike thrower featuring a fastball – curveball combination.  Long arm swing works to a an over-the-top slot.  Fights for extension, falling to the 1B side.  Lands in-line and square with the front foot.  Fastball at 77-79 spinning at 1861 – 1976 rpm.  Breaking ball works with early 10/4 tilt, ranging 65-69.  Breaking ball spin rate peaked at 2098.

Josh Jordan OF / OF / Wesleyan Christian Academy, NC / 2021

 

5 foot 10, 175-pound average build.  Slightly open setup from the right side, sitting into his legs.  Hands work down and back during the load with a short stride.  Looks to stay in the middle of the field with an uphill bat path.  Swing can get big at times.  Average bat speed and barrel awareness.  Exit velocity recorded at 88 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Clean exchanges with a long arm action, throwing from an overhand slot.  Some carry and accuracy to his throws that topped at 88 mph.  Recorded a 7.12 in the 60.

Jordan Overton OF / C / Rolesville, NC / 2022


Strong build at 6 foot, 185-pounds.  Hits from the right side with a wide base, sitting into his legs.  Short stride with his hands cocking creating bat angle above his head during the load.  Quick hands with feel for his barrel.  Works gap to gap with above average bat speed.  Exit velocity recorded at 91 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Clean transfers with a long arm action, throwing form an over the top slot.  Accurate arm that topped at 80 mph.  Recorded a 7.16 in the 60.

Cameron Richey OF / RHP / Southern Lee, NC / 2024

 

Young, thin frame with room for growth ahead at 6 foot, 157-pounds.  Tall, slightly open setup from the right side. Lower half gets back to even during his load with an average stride and his hands working back.  Loose hands with a short path to the ball working gap to gap.  Gets his hands through the zone with better than average feel for his barrel.  Exit velocity recorded at 80 mph and should improve with added strength.  Recorded a 7.34 in the 60.

Yates Sikes OF / LHP / Pinecrest , NC / 2022

 

5 foot 5, 145-pound average build.  Relaxed setup from the left side.  Hands work back during his load with a short stride.  Loose hands with an aggressive approach working middle to his pull side.  Has some strength in his swing with above average bat speed.  Exit velocity recorded at 77 mph.  Plays athletic through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Accurate arm that topped at 84 mph. Smooth defender on the infield with feel around the first base bag.  Better than average hands with an accurate arm that topped at 76 mph.  Recorded a 7.37 in the 60.
Featured four pitches on the mound with a fastball that occasionally cut to the glove side.  The fastball ranged 73-76 with a peak spin rate of 1586 rpm.  Curveball has sharp, late tilt at 57-63.  Landed the breaking ball with consistency.  Slider swept out of the hand at 65-67.  Curveball spin rate up to 1925 rpm while the slider spin rate sat at 1821 rpm.  Change-up is a distant fourth pitch at this time sitting at 72 with early run out of the hand.  Tends to leave the arm behind  with misses up and to the arm side on the change-up.  Choppy delivery works for rhythm, lacking the ability to repeat pitch to pitch.  Level and on-line, lands in-line and with a closed front foot.  Medium arm swing fights some stiffness to a high-3/4 slot with average arm speed. 

Noah Thomas OF / 2B / Rolesville, NC / 2021

 

5 foot 9, 150-pound average build.  Hits from the right side with a relaxed setup.  Quiet hands during his load with his weight working back with a short stride.  Fluid swing with some quickness to his hands.  Barrel works flat through the zone.  Gap to gap approach and left the yard to his pull side during batting practice.  Average barrel feel and bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 83 mph.  Plays through balls in the outfield with average hands.  Longer exchange and arm action throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Positional velocity topped at 77 mph.  Recorded a 7.35 in the 60.