Trackman Hitters: The Canes Scout Day


Sammy Esposito
PBR SC Director of Scouting

On Sunday October 30th PBR of North and South Carolina was on hand at Hopewell High in Huntersville, NC for a Scout Day with the Canes Organization. The Scout Day featured players from the 2023-2027 grad classes from both North and South Carolina. 

The day began with catchers going through a defensive evaluation followed by pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting advanced metrics on each pitch. Following the pitchers the position players went through offensive evaluations that included batting practice on the field with Trackman gathering ball flight data and players running a laser timed 10yd, 30yd, and 60 yd sprint. The day concluded with outfielders and infielders going through a defensive evaluation. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance looking at some top performers in select stat categories. Look for more information to follow in the coming days.

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TRACKMAN LEADERS - HITTERS

 

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY

TrackMan is able to track every ball hit into fair territory, throughout the BP sessions.  Below are the exit velocities produced by individual players.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Johnny Ray NC Watauga 2025 OF 94.6 mph
2 Preston McGaha SC J.L. Mann 2024 1B 92.9 mph
3 Porter Anglin SC North Myrtle Beach 2027 OF 92.6 mph
4 Will Howard SC Emerald 2025 RHP 90.7 mph
5 Hudson Riordan SC Legion Collegiate 2027 1B 90.7 mph
6 Joseph Petry VA Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2026 OF 90.1 mph
7 Jacob Muir SC Dreher 2024 OF 89.9 mph
8 Riley Gibson NC First Flight 2025 OF 89.3 mph
9 Connor Crenshaw SC Byrnes 2025 SS 89.0 mph
10 Noah Hatley NC Concord Academy 2025 OF 88.9 mph



AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY

The average exit velocity measures a players ability to consistently produce hard contact.  The average was taken based on every ball tracked by TrackMan throughout the player's BP session.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Preston McGaha SC J.L. Mann 2024 1B 85.9 mph
2 Porter Anglin SC North Myrtle Beach 2027 OF 85.4 mph
3 Johnny Ray NC Watauga 2025 OF 85.1 mph
4 John Lupienski NC Middle Creek 2025 C 85.1 mph
5 William Magee SC Gray Collegiate 2025 RHP 84.9 mph
6 Joseph Petry VA Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2026 OF 83.8 mph
7 Noah Hatley NC Concord Academy 2025 OF 81.4 mph
8 Connor Crenshaw SC Byrnes 2025 SS 81.0 mph
9 Hudson Riordan SC Legion Collegiate 2027 1B 80.8 mph
10 Matthew Murchison NC Chatham Central 2025 SS 80.8 mph



DISTANCE OFF THE BAT


TrackMan is able to measure and track the ball while in the air.  For every fair ball put in play it will display the distance the hit traveled.


Peak Distance - Best of the Hitter’s Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Hudson Riordan SC Legion Collegiate 2027 1B 341 ft
2 Joseph Petry VA Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2026 OF 332 ft
3 Noah Hatley NC Concord Academy 2025 OF 331 ft
4 Johnny Ray NC Watauga 2025 OF 331 ft
5 Blake Vestal NC Green Hope 2026 OF 328 ft
6 Edwin Allen NC Cardinal Gibbons 2024 OF 327 ft
7 Porter Anglin SC North Myrtle Beach 2027 OF 324 ft
8 William Magee SC Gray Collegiate 2025 RHP 324 ft
9 Will Howard SC Emerald 2025 RHP 323 ft
10 Koen Karsa NC Wake County Home School 2026 RHP 320 ft


Average Distance - Average of each ball tracked in the Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Will Howard SC Emerald 2025 RHP 256 ft
2 Hudson Riordan SC Legion Collegiate 2027 1B 252 ft
3 Hunter Overholt SC Abbeville 2024 SS 250 ft
4 Porter Anglin SC North Myrtle Beach 2027 OF 249 ft
5 Jacob Muir SC Dreher 2024 OF 246 ft
6 Joseph Petry VA Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2026 OF 244 ft
7 William Magee SC Gray Collegiate 2025 RHP 239 ft
8 Edwin Allen NC Cardinal Gibbons 2024 OF 236 ft
9 Cameron Davis SC Aiken 2024 LHP 229 ft
10 Jonathan Carrasco IA Ankeny Centennial 2026 SS 225 ft

 

LAUNCH ANGLE PERCENTAGE

Based on the ball flight, TrackMan is able to identify each hit as a ground ball, line drive, or fly ball.  While there are many factors as to why a hitter may approach each pitch in a certain way, the overall groupings of BP can give some insight to each hitter's approach.

Line Drive %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Line Drive %
1 Porter Anglin SC North Myrtle Beach 2027 OF 75 %
2 Kohen Sutton SC Rock Hill 2026 SS 62 %
3 Brendan Layne NC CE Jordan 2024 OF 58 %
^ William Magee SC Gray Collegiate 2025 RHP 58 %
4 Owen Giles SC Greenville 2024 OF 57 %
^ John Lupienski NC Middle Creek 2025 C 57 %
5 Johnny Ray NC Watauga 2025 OF 55 %
6 Jake Moss SC Byrnes 2025 SS 54 %
7 Rick Hussey SC Myrtle Beach 2024 3B 53 %
8 Connor Kelley SC Woodruff 2025 SS 50 %
^ Jacob Bueno NC Jacksonville 2026 SS 50 %
^ Preston McGaha SC J.L. Mann 2024 1B 50 %
^ Declan Duffy NC Hopewell 2025 C 50 %
^ Bohdi Robertson NC Pinecrest 2026 LHP 50 %
^ Gavin Squires SC Spartanburg 2025 C 50 %
9 Noah Hatley NC Concord Academy 2025 OF 46 %
10 Jason Sproull NC Laney 2026 OF 45 %
^ Spencer Johnson SC Aiken 2026 2B 45 %



Fly Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Cooper Kullman NC Hopewell High School 2025 2B 77.8 %
2 Ethan Andujar NC Covenant Day 2025 C 72.7 %
3 Blake Vestal NC Green Hope 2026 OF 68.0 %
4 Hudson Riordan SC Legion Collegiate 2027 1B 66.7 %
^ Gavin Rower NC Green Level 2026 C 66.7 %
5 Edwin Allen NC Cardinal Gibbons 2024 OF 62.5 %
^ Tanner Ferguson NC Pro5 Baseball Academy 2025 SS 62.5 %
6 Will Howard SC Emerald 2025 RHP 60.0 %
^ Jake Roy SC JL Mann 2025 2B 60.0 %
^ Jacob Muir SC Dreher 2024 OF 60.0 %
7 Joseph Petry VA Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 2026 OF 57.1 %
^ Joe Harrison SC Greenville 2025 C 57.1 %
8 William Meredith SC Emerald 2025 LHP 50.0 %
^ Koen Karsa NC Wake County Home School 2026 RHP 50.0 %
^ Jonathan Carrasco IA Ankeny Centennial 2026 SS 50.0 %
^ Canaan Andres SC Riverside 2024 C 50.0 %
^ Connor Crenshaw SC Byrnes 2025 SS 50.0 %
^ Cameron Davis SC Aiken 2024 LHP 50.0 %
^ Raymond Kastner SC River Bluff 2026 LHP 50.0 %
9 Adler Stumpf NC New Hanover 2026 C 45.5 %
10 Bryson Cothran SC Chapman 2026 3B 44.4 %
^ Hunter Overholt SC Abbeville 2024 SS 44.4 %



Ground Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 Jackson Holmes SC Westside 2025 SS 66 %
^ Tate Nelson NC New Hanover 2026 SS 66 %
2 James Barrow NC Fuquay-Varina 2026 1B 63 %
3 Bryce Cannon NC Apex Friendship 2024 1B 58 %
4 Dylan Wells SC Boiling Springs 2026 C 57 %
5 Easton Keels SC James F. Byrnes 2025 3B 54 %
6 Stephen Hudgins SC Powdersville 2027 OF 46 %
7 Mason Teal NC A.L. Brown 2026 C 45 %
^ Matthew Murchison NC Chatham Central 2025 SS 45 %
8 Wesley Shipman SC Landrum 2024 LHP 44 %
^ Riley Gibson NC First Flight 2025 OF 44 %
9 Carson Ball SC Byrnes 2026 3B 41 %
10 Parker Davis SC Woodmont 2026 OF 40 %
^ Preston McGaha SC J.L. Mann 2024 1B 40 %
^ Phoenix Herndon SC Westside 2025 OF 40 %



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