Blast Leaders: Preseason All State West


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Sunday January 30th PBR of North Carolina hosted it’s Preseason All State West event at Caromont Health Park in Gastonia, NC. The Preseason All State Events are the top winter events in North Carolina. Each year these events feature some of the top talent from each area of the state. Players ranged from the 2022-2026 grad classes. 

Pitchers and catchers were up first. Catchers were able to go through a full defensive workout, throwing through to 2B.  Pitchers threw controlled bullpens with Trackman collecting ball flight analytics.  Following the pitchers, infielders and outfielders went through a defensive workout, followed by all of the position players taking live BP on the field with Trackman gathering ball flight data. 

Below we take a look at the Blast data from Gastonia, NC

CLICK HERE for the full roster and stats from the event

Blast Leaders

MAX HAND SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Gavin Griffith NC North Davidson 2024 OF 27.5 mph
2 Luka Rose NC Christ School 2025 LHP 27.1 mph
3 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 26.0 mph
^ Aiden Kwon NC Central Cabarrus 2024 OF 26.0 mph
4 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 25.7 mph
5 James Tate NC St. Stephens 2023 OF 25.6 mph
6 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 25.4 mph
7 Palmer Tucker NC Hibriten 2024 2B 25.3 mph
8 Davis Horton NC Orange 2022 C 25.2 mph
9 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 24.8 mph
10 Jake Smith NC West Stokes 2023 LHP 24.7 mph

AVERAGE HAND SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Gavin Griffith NC North Davidson 2024 OF 25.4 mph
2 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 24.8 mph
3 James Tate NC St. Stephens 2023 OF 23.9 mph
4 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 23.6 mph
5 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 23.4 mph
6 Luka Rose NC Christ School 2025 LHP 23.4 mph
7 Aiden Kwon NC Central Cabarrus 2024 OF 23.4 mph
8 Davis Horton NC Orange 2022 C 22.9 mph
9 Caleb White NC RS Central 2023 OF 22.8 mph
10 Trey Spees NC East Lincoln 2024 3B 22.8 mph

PEAK BAT SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 80.1 mph
2 Gavin Griffith NC North Davidson 2024 OF 79.3 mph
3 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 77.7 mph
4 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 77.6 mph
^ Joseph Cavallaro NC Lake Norman 2024 3B 77.6 mph
5 Luka Rose NC Christ School 2025 LHP 77.3 mph
6 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 75.9 mph
7 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 75.5 mph
8 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 75.0 mph
9 Connor Woodward NC Hibriten 2023 LHP 74.1 mph
10 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 74.0 mph

AVERAGE BAT SPEED

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 75.3 mph
2 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 75.2 mph
3 Gavin Griffith NC North Davidson 2024 OF 74.9 mph
4 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 74.5 mph
5 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 73.1 mph
6 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 72.6 mph
7 Joseph Cavallaro NC Lake Norman 2024 3B 72.2 mph
8 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 71.3 mph
9 Lucas Whitcomb NC Hickory Ridge 2023 SS 69.8 mph
10 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 69.5 mph

MAX ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Joseph Cavallaro NC Lake Norman 2024 3B 32.1 g
2 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 28.2 g
3 Lucas Whitcomb NC Hickory Ridge 2023 SS 28.0 g
4 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 25.0 g
5 Gavin Trantham NC West Davidson 2023 RHP 24.4 g
6 Konor Davis NC Alexander Central 2023 LHP 23.4 g
7 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 23.0 g
8 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 22.9 g
9 Trey Spees NC East Lincoln 2024 3B 22.4 g
10 Gannon Anthony NC Weddington 2024 3B 21.4 g
^ Jake Smith NC West Stokes 2023 LHP 21.4 g

AVERAGE ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Joseph Cavallaro NC Lake Norman 2024 3B 24.9 g
2 Lucas Whitcomb NC Hickory Ridge 2023 SS 24.1 g
3 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 20.2 g
4 James Tate NC St. Stephens 2023 OF 19.1 g
5 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 19.1 g
6 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 18.6 g
7 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 18.4 g
8 Gannon Anthony NC Weddington 2024 3B 17.8 g
9 Gavin Trantham NC West Davidson 2023 RHP 17.5 g
10 Jake Smith NC West Stokes 2023 LHP 17.1 g

AVERAGE ON PLANE EFFENCIENCY

Rank Name State School Class Pos On Plane Eff (avg)
1 Dylan Brandt NC Pine Lake Prep 2025 SS 89 %
2 Seth Lumpkin NC Northern 2023 C 87 %
3 Evan Matile NC East Lincoln 2025 1B 85 %
4 Aiden Kwon NC Central Cabarrus 2024 OF 81 %
5 Wyatt Hardin NC Highland School of Technology 2024 2B 81 %
6 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 79 %
7 James Tate NC St. Stephens 2023 OF 78 %
8 Joe Javier NC Cox Mill 2022 SS 77 %
9 Gavin Trantham NC West Davidson 2023 RHP 77 %
10 Braylon Whitaker NC Cox Mill 2024 OF 77 %