Prep Baseball Report

Western Piedmont Scout Day: Outfielders and Catchers Analysis

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

On Saturday October 21st, over 20 players converged on Wilkes Central HS to show their skills in front of PBR staff and scouts.  Each player in attendance ran through a complete pro-style workout, gathering verified statistics in the 60, from their defensive position, and on the offensive end of the game.  Each player will also receive a complete PBR profile with an evaluation and video. 

Five outfielders and three catchers took part in the workout.  Each positional group went through a full live Batting Practice on the field, along with drills in the cage area.  The outfielders went through defensive workouts in right field, throwing to 3B and home plate.  Max Lecroy (2019, OF) turned in the top sixty yard time at 6.90.  The arm showed carry at 84 mph from the position as well.

The catchers went through the same offensive workout, while getting their defensive work in with the pitchers' bullpens and throwing to 2B.  Pop times and positional velocities were taken on the throws. 

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Quick Hitters from the Western Piedmont Open Scout Day
+ 23 total players in attendance
+ 10 players ran 7.20 or better in the laser timed sixty
+ 7 players recorded an offensive exit velocity of 87 mph or better
+ 5 players recorded a positional velocity of 80 mph or better
+ 8 pitchers worked out in a controlled bullpen setting
+ 5 pitchers worked at 80 mph or better with their fastball

Catcher and Outfielder Analysis



Andrew Auton OF / 2B / Alexander Central, NC / 2020

Average build in a young 5-foot-7, 125 pound frame. Strength can be added to the frame. Has acceleration and speed present, running a 7.12 sixty. Fluid through the ball in the outfield showing some accuracy and average carry on throws. Athletic movements. Short arm action gets to an over-the-top slot with a positional velocity of 77 mph. Right handed hitter works from a balanced setup, staying level through the zone. Swing is geared to pull. Average barrel awareness and an exit velocity off the bat peaking at 77 mph.


Elijah Knight OF / OF / R.J. Reynolds, NC / 2019

Lean athletic frame. Room to add strength to the 5-foot-10, 150 pound frame. Ran a 7.19 sixty, showing a good burst off the line and carrying top speed through the first 40 yards. Right handed hitter works from an athletic base, loading back and using a short stride. Simple approach with good hands through the swing. Line drive approach. Short, direct path, staying gap-to-gap. Some feel for the barrel. Exit velocity peaked at 81 mph.


Benjamin Bowman OF / OF / South Point, NC / 2018

Athletic build at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds. Ran a 7.10 sixty showing some quickness off the line. Exit velocity peaked at 85 mph off the barrel. Right handed hitter is balanced, using a leg kick to load the weight as he works to an average stride. Hands tend to load down as the bat head works to a vertical position. Flat through the zone, the swing can get long at times, with average bat speed. Very cautious through the ball in the outfield, using two hands to receive and transfer. Long arm action has some stiffness as it works to an over-the-top slot. Showed accuracy on throws measuring 73 mph out of the hand.


Seth Moore OF / RHP / Bunker Hill, NC / 2020

Lanky 6-foot-3, 155 pound frame that coaches can dream on. Ran a 7.25 sixty showing good acceleration as he got into his stride. Closed stance from the right side, utilizing a leg kick to load the weight back. Lands moving forward, eliminating the lower half from the swing. Swing can be flat through the zone, but can get long at times as well. Exit velocity touched 80 mph off the barrel. Cautious to the ball and with his exchanges in the outfield. Showed some accuracy and average carry. Positional velocity peaked at 79 mph.
On the mound, uses a side step to initiate the delivery. Hips are coiled at balance with an average leg kick. Shoulders stay on-line and level. Long legs get to a healthy stride length, on-line, allowing the arm to work long to a high-3/4 slot. Some effort in the delivery but showed an ability to repeat and be around the zone. Fastball ranged 79-81. Straight change missed down, but on-line with the target at 73-76. Some deception in the hand speed. Breaking ball is a gradual 10/4 breaker at 69-71.


Max LeCroy OF / 2B / Christ School, NC / 2019

Athlete with some length in his limbs at 6-foot-2, 150 pounds.  Ran a 6.90 sixty, with a good burst off the line and maintaining top end speed.  Frame has room for added strength with maturity.  Right handed hitter uses a simple setup, balanced and athletic.  Average stride with an elongated load from the hands set the launch point.  Whip and looseness in the swing with average bat speed.  Feels for the barrel slightly as the long levers can create some current issues that may go away with added strength.  Handled the inner half well, looking for extension, with a pull emphasis.  Exit velocity peaked at 83 mph.  Solid actions in the outfield.  Long arm action works to an over-the-top slot, with some looseness.  Accuracy and carry are present.  84 mph out of the hand.




Andrew Parker C / 3B / Alexander Early College, NC / 2021

Young frame stands 5-foot-6, 128 pounds.  Lots of maturation ahead.  Right handed hitter works from a closed stance, using a short stride.  Lacks a load in the hands.  Needs more strength to control the bat head through the zone, and it should come with time.  Pull emphasis at contact with average barrel awareness.  Lacks some head discipline at times.  Behind the plate, there is looseness in the hips and a decent target presented.  Average hands can be overpowered by velocity.  Works to receive and block.  Long exchange and arm swing work to a high-3/4 slot.  Pop times ranged 2.39-2.56 with the ball fading to the arm side on most throws. From the crouch, the positional velocity peaked at 68 mph.  On the infield, the feet will need to quicken and that should improve the rhythm with the hands.  72 mph across the diamond on throws.  Ran a 7.72 sixty.



Tristan Robinson C / OF / Freedom , NC / 2019

Strength is present in a 5-foot-8, 175 pound frame. Ran a 7.11 sixty. Good setup and shows an ability for the hands to receive with looseness. Clean transitions to throws from the crouch topped at 72 mph with pop times ranging 2.05-2.20. Short arm stroke to an over-the-top slot. Accuracy is present. In the outfield, the arm peaked at 77 mph with accuracy to bases. Right handed hitter sets up balanced. Short stride. High hand position that settles into a normal slot at the launch. Good hand path. Good hand strength. High barrel awareness. Exit velocity peaked at 83 mph off the barrel.



Caleb Miles C / OF / West Wilkes, NC / 2019

Average build at 6-foot-2, 150 pounds. Room to add strength with maturity. Right handed hitter works from a tall, open base with a vertical bat head. Loads back in the hands along with a small leg kick. Short stride. Works to stay through the ball, at times lacking some club speed. Gap-to-gap approach with average barrel awareness. When on the barrel, exit velocity peaked at 76 mph. Some looseness in the hips behind the plate. Presents well to pitchers with average hand speed and strength. Elongated footwork allows the arm to transition to a high-3/4 slot. Pop times ranged 2.06 – 2.20. Accuracy and pop time could come with big swings based on the pitch location – when the ball is centered, tends to work with a better line through the bag, allowing the ball to carry better. Balls outside the framework of the body tend to fade. From the crouch, the positional velocity peaked at 67 mph. Also threw from the outfield showing some accuracy and peaking at 73 mph. Ran a 7.51 sixty.