Uncommitted Upperclass Games: Infielder Evaluations


Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report was at BB&T Point in High Point, NC on Sunday November 3rd.  The Uncommitted Upperclass Games featured over 30 players from the 2020 and 2021 classes going through a full pro-style workout followed by a controlled scrimmage.  PBR scouts were able to collect and verify statistics on each player while working to put a full evaluation on each player as well.

Today we continue to dive into the full player evaluations with the primary infielders in attendance at the event.   The group of 7 primary infielders includes two sub-7.00 runners with easy carry from shortstop.  Multiple infielders posted an exit velocity above 90 mph as well.  This will be an intriguing group of infielders to follow into the spring season.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Upperclass Uncommitted Games

 

Uncommitted Upperclass Games: Infielder Analysis

 

 

 

Chad Sikes 2B / OF / Piedmont, NC / 2020

Thin frame at 5 foot 10, 145-pounds.  Athleticism is present running a 6.95 60.  Relaxed setup from the right side.  Smooth load with a short stride and his hands working back.  Loose hands with feel for his barrel.  Hit a lot of line drives to his pull side during batting practice.  Made hard contact on a ball to second base during game action, recording a 4.28 home to first time.  Average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 88 mph.  Athletic on the infield with quick feet and better than average hands.  Transfers near his back shoulder after catch with an accurate arm with carry to first base.  Arm topped at 85 mph across the diamond.  Showed versatility playing the outfield with some ease in game situations.

 

 

Aiken Minton SS / RHP / Wilkes Central , NC / 2020

Committed to CVCC.  Thin frame at 6 foot, 150-pounds.  Tall, balanced setup from the right side.  Barrel starts flat above his back shoulder working to a more upright position during his load with a short stride.  Short barrel path to the ball, using the whole field.  Some stiffness in his hands at times causes him to not get extension through the zone.  Hit some line drives during batting practice with his exit velocity recorded at 82 mph.  Barreled a ball to left field for a base hit during game action.  Feet work around the ball on the infield with average hands.  Funnels to the belt after catch with clean exchanges and feel for different arm slots.  Accurate arm that topped at 84 mph to first base.  Recorded a 7.26 in the 60.

On the bump, works with some rhythm and a kick to the low chest.  Medium arm swing with a slight wrist hook getting to an over-the-top slot.  Quick arm.  Some effort.  Short strider works level, landing slightly across his line with a square foot-strike.  Fastball ranged 83-85.   Good angle to the fastball when down, allowing it to play harder.  Good feel for the sharp, late, downer breaking ball, sitting 69-71.  Run out of the hand with the change-up at 75. 

 

 

Bryson Horney 3B / SS / Union Pines, NC / 2021

Athletic frame with room to add strength at 6 foot, 168-pounds.  Tall setup from the right side of the plate with his hands starting high above his back shoulder.  Hands cock during the load creating some bat angle while using a small leg kick.  Quick hands with a short barrel path to the ball.  Drove the ball to left center during batting practice.  Above average bat speed in game action.  Exit velocity recorded at 90 mph.  Works to the ball on the infield, catching the ball out front with average hands.  Sweeps to his right shoulder after catch.  Some stiffness in the arm through his transfer and release.  Some accuracy across the diamond with his throws topping at 66 mph.  Recorded a 7.55 in the 60.

 

 

Clay Minor SS / OF / Northern Guilford , NC / 2021

Athletic frame with room to add strength at 6 foot 2, 165-pounds. Posted the best 60 time on the day running a 6.84.  Hits from the right side with a tall, balanced setup.  Leg kick during his load with his hands working back.  Some quickness to his hands with a pull approach. Hit several line drives during his second round of batting practice.  Average to above average bat speed with his exit velocity recorded at 91 mph.  Fluid in the outfield, working through the ball with average hands.  Accurate arm with some carry to the plate.  Plays relaxed on the infield with fluid feet.  Better than average hands with feel for different arm angles.  Accurate arm to first base that topped at 84 mph.

 

 

Isaac Garner SS / OF / St Paul's, NC / 2021

5 foot 8, 145-pound average build.  Relaxed setup from the right side with a narrow base.  Hands cock during the load creating some bat angle above his head with an average stride.  Pull approach with some looseness to his hands with a high finish.  Flashes feel for his barrel at times.  Exit velocity recorded at 85 mph.  Plays athletic and relaxed on the infield with fluid actions.  Has softness to his hands.  Accurate arm to first base with feel for different arm slots.  Positional velocity topped at 77 mph.  Recorded a 7.32 in the 60.

 

 

Nolan Lawrence 3B / RHP / Northern Guilford, NC / 2021

Strong, athletic build at 6 foot 2, 180-pounds.  Tall, open setup from the right side.  Hands work back during the load, diving into the plate with an average stride.  Some lift in the swing, working middle to his pull side.  Some feel for the barrel.  Lined a ball to center field during game play for a base hit.  Has strength in the swing with his exit velocity recorded at 93 mph.  Active feet on the infield with average hands.  Funnels to the belt after catch with an accurate arm across the diamond that topped at 79 mph.  Recorded a 7.12 in the 60.

 

 

Cole Turner 3B / RHP / Decatur, GA / 2021

Strong build at 6 foot 1, 180-pounds.  Relaxed setup from the right side with an even base.  Smooth load with a small leg kick with his hands working back.  Fluid stroke with a middle of the field approach.  Has barrel control with average to above average bat speed.  Swung with wood during batting practice and game action.  Drove a ball to left field for a base hit.  Exit velocity recorded at 91mph.  Feet and hands work in sync on the infield.  Above average hands funnel to the belt after catch.  Accurate arm with carry across the diamond that topped at 82 mph.  Recorded a 7.61 in the 60.
Good rhythm over the rubber, loading the front hip on his short leg kick to the built.  Simple, medium arm swing to a over-the-top slot.  Works on-line, landing in-line and with a square front foot.  Fastball has arm side run, commanding the arm side, sitting at 78-82.  Sweepy breaking ball has good hand speed touching 75.  Change up has sink with solid deception at 72-74.