Future Games Quick Hitters: Team Carolina Pitchers
August 5, 2022
The 2022 PBR Future Games saw over 700 of the top uncommitted players from across the country descend on LakePoint in Emerson, GA for 4 days of action. Team Carolina was made up of uncommitted 2024 and 2025 prospects, repping North and South Carolina. Day 1 was a pro-style workout for position players. Days 2 - 4 saw Team Carolina take on Team Louisiana, Team Nevada, and Team Missouri. Over the 3 games, Team Carolina went 2-1 and caught a ton of eyes from the close to 400 college coaches and scouts in attendance.
Below we take a look at the Pitchers that impressed while repping Team Carolina.
2022 Future Games Notes:
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+ Future Games Commitment Tracker
+ Team Carolina Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Future Games Quick Hitters: Team Carolina Pitchers
Seagraves showed a solid 3 pitch mix in his two innings of work. At times the ball was sprayed but the stuff played up in the zone and created swing and miss. Seagraves peaked at 91, sitting 85-89. The arm stroke shortens on the breaking ball a bit, creating solid leverage and depth in the downer action.
The only Team Carolina arm with 2 appearances, Pilgrim threw 1 inning vs. Team Louisiana and 1 inning vs. Team Missouri. Pilgrim was simply dominant in a very efficient inning vs. Team Louisiana on day 2. The lefty uses a long arm swing with whip through an over-the-top slot. The fastball ranged 84-85, spinning at 2400rpm. The slider created confusion for both left and right handed hitters. The slider sat 74-76, 2450rpm. In his 2nd outing, the stuff was not quite as crisp but Pilgrim still worked a dominant inning showing an ability to maintain stuff in the wind up and stretch.
The LakePoint complex was buzzing as the 6-foot-8 righty attacked the zone with a fastball that peaked at 91mph and a breaking ball with late, two plane action at 75-76, 2600rpm. Fairly controlled down the hill, Morris was able to flood the zone from the wind-up and stretch with a clean arm action that creates angle from the large stature. Morris flashed a couple of change-ups with solid arm speed and some feel throughout the outing.
A strong frame, Howard attacked showing feel for three pitches, working to keep hitters on the defensive with his pace, location, and ability to mix. Unfazed by some barrel contact, he continued to attack and keep hitters on their heels throughout his two innings of work. Howard sat 85-86 with a short, late slider at 77.
Nance answered the bell, putting up big numbers in Team Carolina’s 2nd game. The righty pumped strikes showing the ability to move his fastball in and out while also elevating at times. Ranging 88-92, the frame suggests there is still more growth coming to the pitch as he continues to fill out. An athletic and quick arm, the fastball routinely beat hitters from both sides of the plate. Nance had average feel for a short slider at 76-77.
Calm, cool, and collected, this was just another Friday evening playing catch, except for the 300+ college coaches in attendance. Unfazed, McDuffie worked from multiple arm slots featuring a fastball with heavy run ranging 82-87, adding and subtracting at will. From the low-¾ slot the slider works with length, giving right handed hitters fits at 73-75, 2350rpm. At times McDuffie would go to a high-¾ slot, throwing more of a natural overhand breaking ball at 71, 2500rpm. With great feel for what he was doing, McDuffie seamlessly worked from each slot, with each pitch, keeping hitters off balance and creating a ton of weak swings, soft contact, and several strikeouts.
With Nance and McDuffie leading the outing, Phipps simply followed suite in game 2. The fastball ranged 86-91, 2250rpm, pounding the down zone with good feel for his glove side. Phipps was able to challenge hitters with the fastball, location and some movement giving hitters issues along with the velocity. The breaking ball sat 74-75, 1950rpm with short, late tilt.
Athletic frame with quick twitch present, Goss, a potential position player prospect as well, tweaked his hamstring doubling off the wall early in the game. He decided to throw, as he did not have any issue on the mound with the hamstring, closing the game, working up to 87 with some ride through the zone.
Long and lean, it is easy to project where Roberts could be in a couple of years. The arm is athletic with well above average arm speed through a high-¾ release. He sprayed the fastball a bit in this outing, but was the first on the bump after the rain delay, and pitched through a steady mist in his two innings of work. The fastball bumped 90, sitting 84-88 with solid arm side run, spinning at 2250rpm. The slider should be a weapon as he continues to progress, ranging 73-76 with short, late, horizontal action.
Quite possibly the biggest buzz of the week belongs to the big lefty. The frame catches the eye at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, and the delivery is stable with solid direction working to an over-the-top release. The stuff was flat out electric. The fastball ranged 88-90, living in the bottom of the zone, and flashing the ability to pitch to both sides of the plate. While the arm speed was extremely quick, the fastball played up with 2300+rpm out of the hand. He paired the fastball with a late, sharp breaking ball at 76-77, 2600rpm. The two pitches consistently received swing and misses in the zone, plus plenty of late count chases. On top of his ability to attack hitters, McKenzie showed feel for controlling the run game, flashing an above average pick move and some feel for when runners may look to take a base.
Average size with a high over-the-top slot, Greer’s overall stuff does not take full affect until hitters get in the box. They were routinely late on 86-88 in the zone due to the way the fastball plays out of the hand with 2400+ rpm. Greer works with confidence and attacked with the fastball working up and down at times. He pairs the fastball with a big top to bottom breaking ball at 71-73, 2300rpm curveball. He has shown an ability to land the pitch consistently even with the big, arcing break. Vs. left handed hitters he unveiled a change-up he has been working on at 78 with some fade. While it is his 3rd pitch, it has the makings of an at least average pitch that should allow him to give hitters a different look when warranted.
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