Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State Central: Quick Hitters (Underclass Pitchers)

Brandon Hall
NC / Mid-ATL Director of Scouting

The Preseason All-State events in North Carolina have quickly become the top winter events for the top players in the state to attend.  This year there are 3 Preseason All-State events with the East and West happening on February 3rd and 4th.  The Preseason All-State Central is scheduled for February 10th. These three events will see over 250 of North Carolina's top players, as they are ready to post numbers and go through a workout in preparation for the spring season.  Prep Baseball scouts were on hand to run the event verify stats, and evaluate the players involved.

The Preseason All-State has made Diamond Xtreme in Kernersville, NC its home for the Central event for 5 years.  Diamond Xtreme is a tremendous facility that offers a spacious workout facility, featuring a 3/4 size infield setting that allows for full catcher pop times and for infielders to field true ground balls.  During BP, Prep Baseball splits the big cage in half, allowing hitters to see the ball fly, while working through the BP session in a very efficient fashion. 

The Preseason All-State Central featured over 70 of North Carolina's top talent.  Players came from the beach, the Triangle, the Triad, and the Charlotte area.  Below we take a data dive into the results of the workout.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistical out put from the Preseason All-State Central.

By The Numbers
+ 2 Players posted exit velocities in BP of 100mph or greater
+ 30 hitters recorded an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 34 hitters had a BLAST bat speed of 70mph of higher
+ 21 players ran a 4.00 or faster 30yd
+ 7 players hit 18mph while being tested
+ 22 players had a vertical jump test at 28in or higher
+ 9 pitchers had a fastball at 88mph or higher
+ 17 arms touched 84 or better with their fastball
+ 6 pitchers had their fastball spin recorded higher than 2400rpm
+ 8 pitchers had their breaking ball spin at 2400rpm or higher
+ 9 catchers recorded a pop time of 2.05 or better
+ 6 outfielders had arm strength at 85mph or better
+ 9 infielders tested with arm strength across the infield at 84mph or higher


2026 Grads

Owen Cirasole, LHP, Apex Friendship HS, 2026
Athletic presence. Average frame. Long arm swing to over-the-top slot. Around the zone with 3 pitches. Big breaking ball has depth with 11/5 shape at 63-65, 1585rpm.

Greyson Jones, RHP, West Forsyth HS, 2026
Athletic arm with an easy scapular load through a high-3/4 release. Fastball peaked at 85.9, but the breaking stuff is a seperator.  Slider over curveball, but both are potential weapons. Curveball spin up to 2791rpm.

Quinn O'Rourke, RHP, Charlotte Christian, 2026
Thin build. Quick arm. Easy direction. Strike thrower.  Tight, top to bottom breaking ball with depth through the zone at 69-71, 2728rpm.

Dane Purdy, RHP, Apex HS, 2026
Medium arm swing with a high front side and over-the-top slot. Strong arm. Good ride on the fastball at 84-87, 2406rpm. Fastball leads stuff at this time.

Carson Crider, RHP, Wake Forest HS, 2026
Uber athletic mover.  Simple and repeatable.  Athletic arm and release. Slider has advanced metrics T 73-75, 2463rpm.

Landen Smith, RHP, Harnett Central HS, 2026
Physical presence. Fastball peaked at 83.4, 2016rpm. Some ride through the zone.

Alex Hoffman, RHP, Charlotte Catholic, 2026
Big winner on the night. Fastball peaked at 92.5, 2721rpm. Solid ride and run. Paired with hard downer breaking ball.

Cooper Hines, RHP, Morehead HS, 2026
Lean frame. Solid feel for fastball and breaking ball. Downer action on the breaking ball at 68-71, 2223rpm.

Aidan Murphy, LHP, Oak Grove HS, 2026
Tall over the rubber with a long arm swing working to a high-3/4 slot. Fastball has some run at 79-82, 1893rpm.

Cooper Summerlin, LHP, Gaston Christian, 2026
Strike thrower flooded the zone with FB/CB combination. 2/8 tilt with some length on the breaking ball, landing it consistently. Curveball peaked at 72.6, 1700rpm. Fastball peaked at 80.0, 1966rpm.

Ben Bordeaux, RHP, Charlotte Catholic, 2026
Thin frame is easy to dream on as he matures. Average ride on the fastball at 80-82, 2128rpm. Tight, short, 10/4 tilt on the slider at 72-74, 2346rpm.

Brady Robbins, RHP, South Caldwell HS, 2026
Smaller frame.  Good mover. Direct lines. Clean arm. Breaking ball has length at 57-58.

Cooper Braxton, RHP, Northern Guilford HS, 2026
Average frame. Breaking ball has some depth through a 10/4 tilt at 67-71, 2053rpm.

Colton Haire, RHP, Pro5 Academy, 2026
Strength present at 6-foot, 195 pounds. Short arm swing, loading the scap with aggression. Firm fastball with ride at 86-87, 2370rpm. Hard, downer breaking ball peaked at 75, 2990rpm.

Chase Kiker, RHP, Metrolina Christian Academy, 2026
Strength present. Simple delivery.  Arm strength with arm speed. Fastball up to 91.2, 2304rpm. Paired with hard breaking ball. Elite level stuff for the age.

Wilson Aubut, RHP, Sanderson HS, 2026
Long arm swing with an easy scapular load and over-the-top slot. Strong arm. Fastball peaked at 89.2, 2302rpm.  Excellent ride through the zone. 

Donovan Locklear, RHP, Dudley HS, 2026
Lean, athletic frame. Easy mover. Athletic mover. Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. Good arm speed. Athletic arm. Fastball peaked at 84.3, 2188rpm.

2027 Grads

Christian Xavier Romine, RHP, Union Pines HS, 2027
Physical presence. Solid lines and direction. Some effort in the arm through a 3/4 slot. Fastball peaked at 78.7, 2139rpm.

Giovannie Buccino, RHP, West Forsyth HS, 2027
Physical. Solid mover for his size. Fastball peaked at 80.5, 1939rpm with sink metrics.

Gabe Diebler, RHP, Reagan HS, 2027
Athletic delivery in a small frame.  Compact arm works through a medium arm swing and over-the-top slot. Fastball up to 81.9.

Luke Talley, LHP, Green Level HS, 2027
Thin with longer limbs.  Moves well down the mound. Some effort to an over-the-top slot. Good arm speed. Strike thrower. Fastball peaked at 80.6, 1961rpm.

Jackson Hilton, RHP, Oak Grove HS, 2027
Big frame. Coils through balance. Long arm swing working behind the body line slightly. Fastball peaked at 76.2, 1867rpm.

Andrew Caracio, LHP, North Raleigh Christian Academy, 2027
Physical 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. Long arm, reaching out of the glove works to an over-the-top slot. Strong arm. Fastball up to 85.6, 1963rpm.