Prep Baseball Report

2020 Preseason All-State West: 2020 Grad Player Evals

Brandon Hall & Matt Payne
NC Executive Director & Scouting Director

On Sunday January 26th, ninety-one of the top players in the state of North Carolina converged at the Ultimate Performance Sports Center in Matthews, NC.  The Preseason All-State showcase event is the top winter event in North Carolina year after year and with the increased demand, there are now two sessions, an east and a west.  Below we take our first look at some player notes from the Preseason All-State West.

The day consisted of a full pro-style workout with pitchers throwing controlled bullpens, followed by defensive workouts for the position players.  Hitters were able to go through multiple cages to get loose prior to moving through two exit velocity stations.  Live BP was taken in a large cage, allowing scouts and coaches to see the ball fly off the bat.

We begin our look at each player in attendance with the 2020 graduates.  There are eleven seniors with a good mix of positions, as well as a couple of committed players.  There are still some very good players looking for homes in this list.  Each player has a full evaluation below that also connects to their player profile and video from the event.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Preseason All-State West

Preseason All-State West – By the Numbers:

  • 91 players went through the workout at Ultimate Performance
  • 36 pitchers threw controlled bullpens
  • 80 hitters went through offensive and defensive workouts
  • 24 players ran a sub-4.00 on the 30 yard laser timed sprint
  • 33 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90 mph or higher
  • 9 of 19 catchers posted a pop time of 2.10 or lower
  • 7 Outfielders posted a positional velocity of 90 mph or higher
  • 10 Pitchers worked at 86 or higher
  • 3 arms touched 90 or better
  • 2468rpm was the top fastball spin rate at the event.


2020 Graduate Analysis: PAS West




James Hobbs SS / 2B / Myers Park, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: SS/2B. Athletic player with quickness that checks a lot of boxes fundamentally
Body: 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. Athletic with quickness present
Defense:  pop times. Athletic with quick feet, with awareness for getting the right hop.Above average hands
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Quick, accurate arm with carry
Hit: RHH. Balanced with a strong base. Smooth load with a short stride. Wrist cock, creating bat angle above his head. Direct barrel path, keeping his barrel in the zone. Quick hands with good for who he is as a hitter.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed and barrel awareness. Made consistent hard contact.
Run: 3.89 runner in the 30.



Bain Sipe RHP / OF / Maiden , NC / 2020

Positional Profile: RHP/OF. Raw at times but with a solid tool set that allows for easy projection moving forward
Body: 5'10", 170 pounds. Athletic with strength present
Delivery: Small lower half coil and pelvic tilt, lifting to the low-chest. Uncoils, landing on-line and square, fighting for extension
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing to an over-the-top slot. Quick arm.
FB: T87, 84-87 mph. 1560-1829 rpm. Sprayed around the zone with arm side action
CB: 67-69 mph. 1865 rpm. Solid 12/6 tilt with good arm speed
CH: 74-75 mph. 1062 - 1314 rpm. Inconsistent but flashes with fade and solid arm speed.

Defense:  Feet work through the ball using a two hand catch with a longer exchange.
Arm: RH. OF - 92 mph. Quick, loose arm with an over the top slot. Good carry to throws.
Hit: RHH. Wide base. Hands work slightly back during the load with a short stride. Middle of the field approach with quick hands. Lacks hip turn causing length in the swing.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run: 3.83 runner in the 30. 



Caeden Howell C / 3B / East Wilkes , NC / 2020

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 5'10", 180 pounds. Athletic frame with strength present
Defense: 2.18 - 2.19 pop times. Higher hips in his setup with clean transfers across his chest. Relaxed and his hands work with some ease while recieving bullpens.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Over the top slot
Hit: RHH. Balanced with a slow load working knee to knee. Hands work back as he creates momentum into the ball. Gets extension out front looking to stay through the middle..Swing gets long when he doesnt get to a consistent launch position.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Slightly below average bat speed
Run: 4.25 runner in the 30.



Brandon Goodman 2B / SS / Combine Academy, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: 2B/SS. Solid fundamental presence.
Body: 6'0", 170 pounds. Athletic frame with room to add strength.
Defense:  Athletic, quick feet. Balanced at the catch position with a strong base. Catches the ball out front with better than average hands.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, loose arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RHH. Square base with his feet wider than his shoulders. Weight works back during the load with a short stride and quiet barrel. Quck hands with strength off his barrel and lift to the swing.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Middle to pull side approach with above average bat speed and barrel feel.
Run: 3.93 runner in the 30.



Carson Harris OF / OF / Marvin Ridge, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: OF.
Body: 6’1”, 175 pounds. Average build
Defense:  Plays through balls with average hands and clean transfers.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Quickness to his arm from an over the top slot. Accurate arm with carry.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open. Hands load back with an average stride. Loose hands and keeps his barrel in the zone.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Consistently found his barrel with pop to his pull side. Average bat speed.
Run: 3.99 runner in the 30.



Ty Cobb RHP / East Lincoln, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: RHP. Bullpen came one day after throwing at a camp where his reported numbers were slightly better than the PAS West
Body: 6'2", 175 pounds. Lanky with strength present. More strength will be applied to the frame
Delivery: Simple lift with easy flexion to the high-chest. Works on-line, landing square. Good extension
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing with a good load, on-time to an over-the-top slot.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. 1376-1575 rpm. Dowhill angle and feel for the down zone.
CB: 71-72 mph. 1586-1763 rpm. 12/6 tilt and rolling break
CH: 73-4 mph. 1197 rpm. Solid fade to the arm side. Good arm speed.



Colton Stotler 3B / SS / West Wilkes, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: 3B/SS.  Physical presence with bat ability.
Body: 6'0", 195 pounds. Strong build.
Defense:  Fluid feet playing with some rhythm. Softness to the hands.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Medium arm sroke with a high-3/4 release.
Hit: Switch. Balanced from both sides. Quiet load with a small hand load and short stride. Flat barrel path form the right side. More lift from the left side.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Hit lots of line drives using the whole field form both sides. Average bat speed with strength.
Run: 4.13 runner in the 30. 



Gavin Mortenson SS / RHP / Northwest Guilford, NC / 2020

Western Carolina commit
Positional Profile: SS/RHP. High end defender that is adding strength to an athletic frame.  Pro follow as he continues to develop.
Body: 6’2”, 185 pounds. Long, athletic strong build.
Defense:  Smooth, confident defender. Plays relaxed with rhythm. Soft hands with easy transitions. Fun to watch on defense.
Arm: RH. INF - 90 mph. Loose, quick arm with carry. Above average arm strength and feel for different slots.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed, tall, slightly open. Loads with a small leg kick with hands working back. Loose, fluid stroke with leverage. Gets extension through the middle with some lift.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Quick hands with bat speed. Has added strength over the offeseason. Can control the barrel.
Run: 3.98 runner in the 30. 

Delivery: Simple and athletic over the rubber. Lift to the mid-chest, loading the backside as the hands break. Works on-line, landing square, with good extension.
Arm Action: RH. Long, easy arm swing that loads the scapular working to a high-3/4 slot. Quick hand through the release
FB: T86, 84-86 mph. 2116 - 2195 rpm. Around the zone with at least average feel. Average angle.
CB: 74-75 mph. 2300 rpm. Hard, late 11/5 tilt with good arm speed.
CH: 79-80 mph. 1356 rpm. Creates deception with his arm speed, creating some fade.



Cole Williams OF / Myers Park, NC / 2020

Marshall commit
Positional Profile: OF.  Continues to improve as he adds strength to his frame.
Body: 6'2", 195 pounds. Athletic build with strength.
Defense:  Relaxed through the ball with average hands and clean transfers.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Clean, long arm action with an over the top release.
Hit: LHH. Relaxed and balanced. Short stride with a small hand load. Smooth swing with loose, quick hands. Keeps his barrel in the zone a long time.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Gap to gap line drive approach. Above average bat control and bat speed.
Run: 3.89 runner in the 30.



Cooper King RHP / 3B / Carmel Christian, NC / 2020

NC State commit
Positional Profile: RHP/SS. High end prospect with a very live arm.
Body: 6'3”, 185 pounds. Lanky with plenty of room to add strength
Delivery: Slight side saddle with an easy rocker step and hand pump to balance. Kicks to the mid-chest. Good direction, landing slightly closed with the front foot. Good extension
Arm Action: RH. Medium arm swing, loading the scapular. Works to a high-3/4 slot with slight head clearance. Elite quickness with the hand.
FB: T91, 88-91 mph. 2077-2123 rpm. Some run to the arm side. Pounded the down zone. Around the zone, lacking pure command
SL: 74-80 mph.  2200 rpm. Short, tight action. Late break working out of the fastball tunnel.
CH: 84-85 mph. 1208-1500 rpm. Solid arm speed with heavy fade at times.



Jack Shaw OF / 1B / Myers Park, NC / 2020

Positional Profile: OF/1B.  Potential steal in the 2020 class as he continues to show well.
Body: 6'3, 205 pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Defense:  Catches the ball of his left foot with average hands. Robotic through exchanges but clean.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. Relaxed, long arm action to an overhand release. Some carry and accuracy.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup. Weight and hands work slightly back during load. Quick hands, short to the ball and keeps his barrel in the zone.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Barrel whip and strength with pop to both gaps. Consistent hard contact.
Run: 3.97 runner in the 30.