USA Prime Scout Day: Trackman Hitting Leaders


Sammy Esposito
PBR SC Director of Scouting

On Wednesday September 28th PBR of South Carolina was on hand at Flour Field for a scout day with USA Prime. The scout day featured players from the 2023-2027 grad classes.

The evening started with catchers going through a defensive evaluation then pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting data analytics. After the bullpens position players ran a laser timed 60 followed by BP on the field with Trackman collecting ball flight data. After BP outfielders and infielders went through a defensive evaluation. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance. 

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Trackman: Hitters Leaders 

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 Ezekiel Atkinson SC Riverside 2023 OF 95.5 mph
2 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 95.3 mph
3 James Shennan SC Greer 2023 RHP 95.1 mph
4 Gavin Hug SC Greer 2024 C 93.1 mph
5 Ejan Fusetti SC Eastside 2024 LHP 92.7 mph
6 Dean McCravy SC J.L. Mann 2023 LF 92.4 mph
7 Hudson Brannon SC Greer 2023 3B 92.2 mph
8 Cooper DeVries SC JL Mann 2027 OF 91.9 mph
9 Carver Youngblood SC Hillcrest 2026 SS 88.8 mph
10 Gregory Bryant SC Eastside 2025 OF 88.7 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 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 86.6 mph
2 Gavin Hug SC Greer 2024 C 84.0 mph
3 Hudson Brannon SC Greer 2023 3B 83.7 mph
4 James Shennan SC Greer 2023 RHP 82.0 mph
5 Ejan Fusetti SC Eastside 2024 LHP 81.9 mph
6 Ezekiel Atkinson SC Riverside 2023 OF 81.9 mph
7 Dean McCravy SC J.L. Mann 2023 LF 81.8 mph
8 Cooper DeVries SC JL Mann 2027 OF 80.9 mph
9 Joe Walker III SC Woodmont 2024 OF 80.8 mph
10 Carver Youngblood SC Hillcrest 2026 SS 79.9 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 Ezekiel Atkinson SC Riverside 2023 OF 378 ft
2 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 366 ft
3 Gavin Hug SC Greer 2024 C 354 ft
4 James Shennan SC Greer 2023 RHP 350 ft
5 Cooper DeVries SC JL Mann 2027 OF 342 ft
6 Dean McCravy SC J.L. Mann 2023 LF 342 ft
7 Ejan Fusetti SC Eastside 2024 LHP 341 ft
8 Hudson Brannon SC Greer 2023 3B 341 ft
9 Joe Walker III SC Woodmont 2024 OF 333 ft
10 Gregory Bryant SC Eastside 2025 OF 327 ft


Average Distance - Average of each ball tracked in the Session


Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 287 ft
2 Gavin Hug SC Greer 2024 C 276 ft
3 Ezekiel Atkinson SC Riverside 2023 OF 246 ft
4 Dean McCravy SC J.L. Mann 2023 LF 240 ft
5 Hudson Brannon SC Greer 2023 3B 232 ft
6 Cooper DeVries SC JL Mann 2027 OF 224 ft
7 Ejan Fusetti SC Eastside 2024 LHP 220 ft
8 Joe Walker III SC Woodmont 2024 OF 219 ft
9 Carver Youngblood SC Hillcrest 2026 SS 216 ft
10 Gregory Bryant SC Eastside 2025 OF 213 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 Asher Bocanegra SC Eastside 2027 3B 50 %
^ Joel Hinson SC Greenville 2027 SS 50 %
^ JD Moore III SC Boiling Springs 2026 C 50 %
2 Carver Youngblood SC Hillcrest 2026 SS 46 %
3 Matthew Conner SC Eastside 2023 RHP 41 %
^ Griffin Tillery NC N/A 2028 C 41 %
4 Jackson Tretter SC JL Mann 2027 OF 37 %
5 Gavin Psychas SC Powdersville 2025 RHP 36 %
6 Carter McAdams SC JL Mann 2027 SS 33 %
^ Cooper DeVries SC JL Mann 2027 OF 33 %
^ Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 33 %
^ Dean McCravy SC J.L. Mann 2023 LF 33 %
7 Jaaron Frye NC AC Reynolds 2027 SS 30 %
8 Eli Atkins SC Home School 2027 1B 30 %
9 Ezekiel Atkinson SC Riverside 2023 OF 28 %
10 Brendan Gilbert SC Oceanside Collegiate 2025 2B 27 %



Fly Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Gavin Hug SC Greer 2024 C 71.4 %
2 Ryan Williams SC Dorman 2025 OF 70.0 %
3 Joe Walker III SC Woodmont 2024 OF 66.7 %
4 Brendan Gilbert SC Oceanside Collegiate 2025 2B 63.6 %
5 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 58.3 %
6 Hudson Brannon SC Greer 2023 3B 57.1 %
7 Carter McAdams SC JL Mann 2027 SS 50.0 %
^ Joel Hinson SC Greenville 2027 SS 50.0 %
^ Gregory Bryant SC Eastside 2025 OF 50.0 %
^ Jackson Tretter SC JL Mann 2027 OF 50.0 %
^ Ezekiel Atkinson SC Riverside 2023 OF 50.0 %
^ Ejan Fusetti SC Eastside 2024 LHP 50.0 %
8 Gavin Psychas SC Powdersville 2025 RHP 45.5 %
9 Dean McCravy SC J.L. Mann 2023 LF 44.4 %
10 Cooper DeVries SC JL Mann 2027 OF 41.7 %



Ground Ball %


Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 Devon Rakestraw SC Chapin 2026 3B 50 %
2 Matthew Conner SC Eastside 2023 RHP 41 %
^ Jacob Johnson SC Riverside 2026 C 41 %
^ Gage Borrosco NC AC Reynolds 2027 OF 41 %
3 JD Moore III SC Boiling Springs 2026 C 37 %
4 Gregory Bryant SC Eastside 2025 OF 33 %
^ Griffin Tillery NC N/A 2028 C 33 %
^ James Shennan SC Greer 2023 RHP 33 %
5 Ryan Williams SC Dorman 2025 OF 30 %
6 Joe Walker III SC Woodmont 2024 OF 25 %
^ Ejan Fusetti SC Eastside 2024 LHP 25 %
7 Jaaron Frye NC AC Reynolds 2027 SS 23 %
8 Asher Bocanegra SC Eastside 2027 3B 21 %
^ Hudson Brannon SC Greer 2023 3B 21 %
9 Eli Atkins SC Home School 2027 1B 20 %
10 Gavin Psychas SC Powdersville 2025 RHP 18 %