Quick Hitters: MegaStar Pitchers
May 26, 2023
On Saturday May 20th PBR of North Carolina was at Moor Park in Mooresville, NC for a Scout Day with the Charlotte Megastars. The Scout Day featured players from the 2024-2026 grad classes.
The day began with outfielders and infielders going through a defensive evaluation followed by players running a laser timed 60. Position players then took BP on the field with Trackman collecting ball flight data. After BP, catchers went through their defensive evaluation. The day concluded with pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting ball flight data.
Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance. Look for more information to follow in the coming days.
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Zachary Gaydos, RHP, Butler HS, 2024
Lean 6-foot-3, 175 pounds. Strong arm with solid ride and run. Low hands with a slight coil in the lower half at balance. Long arm swing. Some effort through an over-the-top slot. Above average arm speed. Arm strength over arm speed. Fastball at 88-90. Slider and curveball in the arsenal. Slightly different tilt. Slider at 76-78, 2014rpm with early, 10/4 tilt. Curveball at 73-76, 2056rpm. Hard, downer action. Firm and thrown with intent. Still developing rhythm and direction in the delivery. Overall stuff is very intriguing with room to its ceiling.
EJ Lewis, RHP, Pine Lake Prep, 2025
Strength present at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. Stretch only. Coils lower half around the back hip. Solid rhythm. Long arm swing. Athletic arm. Over-the top with some effort through the release. Fastball at 77-79, 1638rpm. 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand with sink and run metrics. Good feel and arm speed for the change-up at 68-70, 1487rpm. 1:30 spin tilt from a similar window to the fastball. Curveball works with a slight hump out of the hand, rolling through an 11/5 tilt at 63-65, 1860rpm.
Gavin MacDonald, RHP, Legion Collegiate, 2025
Broad shoulders and strength present at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Solid arm speed. Arm strength over arm speed. Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. Turns the ball slightly early into the cocking phase. Solid direction. Fastball at 85-88, 2097rpm. Average ride and run with 1:15 spin tilt out of the hand. Slider worked horizontally across the plate. Occasional depth at 77-80, 2080rpm.
Nick Russo, RHP, Weddington HS, 2025
Physical presence on the bump at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Fastball up to 82, 2098rpm. Good ride with average run and 1:15 spin tilt at release. Curveball ranged 64-67, 1799rpm. Sharp 10/4 tilt through the zone. Erratic at times.
Cooper Botts, LHP, Legion Collegiate, 2024
VMI Commit. Athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds. Rhythmic and athletic over the rubber. Solid direction, working out of a coiled position at balance. Short arm action, working to load the scapular. High-¾ slot. Good arm speed. Loose through the release and finish. Fastball at 84-87, 2223rpm. Excellent ride through the zone with 11:30 spin tilt at release. Fastball should play up vs. its velocity. Slider at 74-76, 2150rpm. 2/8 tilt with length over depth. Late, explosive length at times. Curveball is a hard, downer type at 69-70, 2337rpm.