Prep Baseball Report

2023 Top Underclass Games: BLAST Leader Board


Brandon Hall
Mid-Atlantic Scouting Director

On Sunday October 28th, PBR was at NC State's Dail Park to host the Top Prospect Games: Underclass.  The event featured perhaps the most talented underclass field of talent that PBR has put together for one event.  With over 50 of the top players in the state on one field, we thought we would have a great day... and we did.

The day opened with the position players going through some athletic testing with Swift Athletics.  Players had the chance to run on a laser timed 60 yard on turf.  With Swift, PBR Scouts were able to collect the 60yd time, plus a 10yd split and a 30yd split.  With younger athletes, the 10yd and 30yd give a great glimpse and a players explosiveness out of the gate and a top end run speed, even if they cannot maintain that top end speed through the 60 yd course.  Players also went through some jumping test with Swift.  Players were tested in the vertcial jump as well as a 4-jump RSI.

Following the athletic testing, each hitter took multiple rounds of BP.  During BP, TrackMan was used to get ball flight information off the bat.  BLAST sensors were used to get readings on each hitter with their swing prior to contact.  Following BP, players went through a defensive workout at their primary defensive positions with PBR scouts taking metrics on arm strength.

After the player workouts, the event concluded with two controlled scrimmages.  Pitchers threw to live hitters in game situations that were controlled by PBR Scouts.  While the workout gives PBR Scouts and coaches a lot of information to digest, the game setting allows players to continue to show their skill set and to apply their tools in a competitive fashion.

Top Prospect Games: Underclass - Notes
+ 4 Players ran sub 6.90 in the sixty
+ 18 players ran sub 7.20 in the sixty
+ 20 players saw their peak run speed above 19mph
+ 19 players ran sub 4.00 in the thirty yard split
+ 12 players saw a max vertical jump of 30in or more
+ 10 players posted a BLAST Bat Speed Max of 75mph or higher
+ 12 players posted an average exit velocity above 85mph through their two rounds.
+ 99.9mph was the top exit velocity recorded on Sunday
+ 22 players posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 5 catchers posted a velocity out of the crouch of 79mph or better

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stat breakdown from the Top Prospect Games: Underclass

BLAST Swing Leader Board

Peak Hand Speed

Peak Hand Speed is the observed maximum speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

Max Hand Speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Davis Phillips NC The Burlington School 2025 C 26.3 mph
2 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 24.8 mph
3 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 24.0 mph
4 Clay Rosser NC Grimsley 2025 RHP 23.4 mph
5 Hayden Heath NC Millbrook 2025 OF 23.3 mph
6 Prince Zion Odom NC High Point Christian 2025 OF 23.2 mph
7 Brayden Richards NC Cuthbertson 2025 1B 23.0 mph
8 Jahdier Rodriguez NC Charlotte Catholic 2025 C 22.8 mph
9 Andres Lopez SC Legion Collegiate 2025 2B 22.6 mph
10 Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 22.5 mph
^ Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 22.5 mph

Average Hand Speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Davis Phillips NC The Burlington School 2025 C 24.7 mph
2 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 24.5 mph
3 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 23.0 mph
4 Hayden Heath NC Millbrook 2025 OF 22.5 mph
5 Jahdier Rodriguez NC Charlotte Catholic 2025 C 22.3 mph
6 Christian Xavier Romine NC Union Pines 2027 3B 22.0 mph
7 Jaxon Matthews NC Hough 2026 OF 21.9 mph
8 Brayden Richards NC Cuthbertson 2025 1B 21.6 mph
9 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 21.5 mph
10 Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 21.5 mph

Bat Speed

Bat Speed is the observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

Peak Bat Speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 Jaxon Matthews NC Hough 2026 OF 85.6 mph
2 Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 81.5 mph
3 Davis Phillips NC The Burlington School 2025 C 78.9 mph
4 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 78.5 mph
5 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 78.2 mph
6 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 77.2 mph
7 Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 76.1 mph
8 Gunnar Alm NC Polk County 2026 OF 76.0 mph
9 Ethan Simmons NC JH Rose 2025 3B 75.2 mph
10 Johnie Alexander NC Porter Ridge 2026 3B 75.0 mph

Average Bat Speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Ryker Butcher NC D.H. Conley 2025 C 77.4 mph
2 Jaxon Matthews NC Hough 2026 OF 76.8 mph
3 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 75.9 mph
4 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 75.6 mph
5 Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 74.0 mph
6 Gunnar Alm NC Polk County 2026 OF 73.7 mph
7 Tanner Pope NC Garner 2026 LHP 73.6 mph
8 Christian Xavier Romine NC Union Pines 2027 3B 72.5 mph
9 Johnie Alexander NC Porter Ridge 2026 3B 71.0 mph
10 Brayden Richards NC Cuthbertson 2025 1B 70.8 mph

Rotational Acceleration

Rotation measures how quickly your bat accelerates into the swing plane. Rotation is a good indicator of how you build bat speed by sequencing properly vs. pulling the bat with your hands. The quicker your rotational acceleration, the more power you will have and the more time you have to make a decision at the plate.

Max Rotational Acceleration

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 32.1 g
2 Prince Zion Odom NC High Point Christian 2025 OF 30.5 g
3 Davis Phillips NC The Burlington School 2025 C 27.4 g
4 Hayden Heath NC Millbrook 2025 OF 27.2 g
5 Jahdier Rodriguez NC Charlotte Catholic 2025 C 26.8 g
6 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 24.2 g
7 Connor Woods NC Grace of Christian 2027 3B 22.8 g
^ Christian Xavier Romine NC Union Pines 2027 3B 22.8 g
^ Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 22.8 g
8 Evan Hodges NC Richmond Senior 2026 C 20.3 g
9 Gunnar Alm NC Polk County 2026 OF 20.2 g
10 Luke Talley NC Green Level 2027 1B 19.3 g

Avg Rotational Acceleration

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 28.7 g
2 Prince Zion Odom NC High Point Christian 2025 OF 25.6 g
3 Hayden Heath NC Millbrook 2025 OF 24.0 g
4 Connor Woods NC Grace of Christian 2027 3B 21.4 g
5 Jahdier Rodriguez NC Charlotte Catholic 2025 C 21.2 g
6 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 20.4 g
7 Christian Xavier Romine NC Union Pines 2027 3B 19.9 g
8 Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 19.9 g
9 Davis Phillips NC The Burlington School 2025 C 19.6 g
10 Gunnar Alm NC Polk County 2026 OF 18.5 g

Average On Plane Efficiency

Measures the percentage of your swing where the bat is on the swing plane. Your vertical bat angle at contact establishes the plane for that swing. Plane is a great indicator for making more consistent contact on the barrel of the bat.

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff (avg)
1 Carson Tew NC Midway 2026 2B 93 %
2 Andrew Kilgore NC Heritage 2025 OF 86 %
3 Davis Bradley NC DH Conley 2025 SS 85 %
4 Luke Talley NC Green Level 2027 1B 84 %
5 Christian Xavier Romine NC Union Pines 2027 3B 79 %
6 Evan Hodges NC Richmond Senior 2026 C 79 %
7 Miller Cox SC P27 Academy 2025 OF 78 %
8 Dylan Palmer NC East Wake Academy 2026 OF 78 %
^ Ethan Simmons NC JH Rose 2025 3B 78 %
9 Jonathan Reece NC Christ School 2025 C 75 %
10 Cole Rogers NC Wake Forest 2026 C 74 %
^ Cooper Phillips NC Cleveland 2025 3B 74 %