Quick Hitters: Preseason All State West- Position Players


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 some position players who stood out on the day.

CLICK HERE for the full roster and stats from the event

QUICK HITTERS - POSITION PLAYERS

Alex Robinson, OF/LHP, 2024

Athletic frame with broad shoulders and room to add strength to his 6-foot, 160-pound frame. Left hand hitter with quick hands and a gap to gap approach. Barrel stays through the zone with better than average bat speed. Arm reached 82 mph from the outfield. 

Braylon Whitaker, OF/LHP, 2024

5-foot-8, 160-pound frame with room for maturation ahead. HIts from the left side with a fluid swing and the ability to use the whole field. Arm peaked at 85 mph from the outfield. 

Evan Matile, 1B/LHP, 2025

Large frame with room to fill out at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Left hand hitter works gap to gap in BP. Mostly flat swing path with some strength in his hands. Ball off his bat peaked at 89.7 mph. 

Jake Smith, OF/LHP, 2023

5-foot-10, 170-pound build. Has arm strength from the outfield with his throws topping at 89 mph. Left hand hitter is balanced in the box, knee to knee load, hands are quick through the zone reaching 24.7 mph.  Worked through the middle and to the opposite field. 

Konor Davis, OF/LHP, 2023

Strength present in a 6-foot-1, 188-pound build. Left hand hitter with a balanced swing. Worked mostly to his pull side in BP with his top exit velocity recorded at 92.5 mph. Line drive approach with his barrel staying through the zone. Hands have quickness and strength reaching 24.1mph. 

Ulrick Volk, C, 2025

Strong build at 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Switch hitter. Loads with a leg kick creating momentum into the ball. Similar swing path from each side. Barrel stays through the zone getting extension through the middle of the field. Peak exit velocity recorded at 87.9 mph. Plays with energy behind the plate. 

Davis Horton, C/1B, 2022

Strength present in a 6-foot, 190-pound frame. Flat barrel path with hand speed topping at 25.2 mph. Drove balls to his pull side in BP with his top exit velocity recorded at 92.8 mph. Arm reached 75 mph to second base. 

Dylan Brandt, SS, 2025

5-foot-9, 170-pound build. Balanced setup with a quiet barrel during the load. Hit several balls off his barrel during BP working to the left center gap. Exit velocity peaked at 88.3 mph. 

Kaden Fuller, RHP/2B, 2023

6-foot, 188-pound build. Posted the top infield velocity at 88 mph across the diamond. Ball off his barrel reached 97.2 mph. Above average bat speed topping at 77.7 mph.

Matthew Connolly, C/1B, 2023

Long frame at 6-foot-2, 187-pounds with room to fill out. Gap to gap approach in BP with his barrel staying inside the ball. Bat speed topped at 76.6 mph on the blast sensors with a max hand speed of 22.4 mph. 

Seth Lumpkin, C, 2023

Thin frame with room to add strength at 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. Quickness exists running a 6.84 laser timed 60. Uses the whole field in BP. Ball off his barrel topped at 85.5 mph. Arm reached 76 mph from behind the plate. 

Cade Gardner, SS, 2024

5-foot-11, 175-pound build. Worked mostly to his pull side in BP with the ball off his barrel reaching 93 mph. Flat barrel path with quick hands reaching 25.4 mph. Solid actions on the infield with confidence in his hands. 

Dominic Robinson, C/3B, 2025

Athletic frame with projection ahead at 6-foot, 160-pounds. Athletic setup with a short path to the ball and middle of the field approach. Balanced swing with his barrel staying through the zone. Exit velocity peaked at 91.7 mph. 

Joe Javier, SS/2B, 2022

Pfeiffer commit. Quickness present in a 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame. Ran a 6.75 laser timed 60, arm reached 87 mph to first base. Balanced approach, direct barrel path working to both sides of the field. Bat speed reached 75.6 mph. 

Caleb Williams, RHP/OF, 2023

Davidson commit. Strong, athletic build at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Quick hands peaking at 24.6 mph with above average bat speed. Hit balls hard through the middle and to his pull side. Ball off his bat reached 95.3 mph. 

Jorge Torres, SS/RHP, 2025

5-foot-11, 165-pound frame with room for maturation ahead. Fluid swing with his hips turning through the ball. Hit balls off the barrel through the middle of the field. Ball off his bat peaked at 84.8 mph. 

Boone Herman, 3B/OF, 2023

Strong, athletic build at 6-foot, 190-pounds. Simple, compact swing with above average bat speed. Hands are strong with quickness peaking at 24.5 mph. Worked to the left center gap with the ball off his bat reaching 94.9 mph. Solid actions on the infield. Posted the top outfield arm velocity at 90 mph. 

Gannon Anthony, 3B/SS, 2024

5-foot-11, 170-pound frame with room to add strength. Balanced swing with quickness to his hands. Hand speed topped at 23 mph. Gap to gap approach with his barrel getting length through the middle of the field.

Gavin Griffith, OF/2B, 2024

5-foot-10, 160-pound build with room for maturation in the coming years. Posted the top hand speed of the event at 27.5 mph. Mostly flat barrel path working to his pull side. Ran a 7.20 laser timed 60. 

Hudson Morgan, 2B/SS, 2023

5-foot-9, 155-pound build. Ran a 6.85 60-time on the lasers. Barrel is short to the ball and flat through the zone. Line drive approach working gap to gap. Peak exit velocity recorded at 86.9 mph. Solid actions on the infield. 

Jake Absher, OF/1B, 2023

Physical build at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds. Posted the top exit velocity of the event at 97.8 mph. Mostly flat barrel path driving balls to his pull side with his bat speed reaching 79.2 mph. Arm velocity at 86 mph from the outfield. 

Joseph Cavallaro, 3B/OF, 2024

5-foot-9, 170-pound build with room to add strength. Hands have quickness reaching 24.5 mph. Worked mostly to his pull side during BP with his top exit velocity at 84.7 mph. Solid defensive actions on the infield. 

Tate Allison, OF/RHP, 2023

Lanky frame at 6-foot, 165-pounds with room to add strength. Lined drive approach with the ball off his bat peaking at 91.6 mph. Hands are quick with his barrel getting extension through the middle of the field. Arm reached 87 mph from the outfield. 

Bennett Baldassarre, 1B/C, 2025

Large frame with room to add more strength at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. Worked through the middle of the field in BP. Barrel stays inside the ball with some lift to the swing path. Ball off his barrel topped at 89.8 mph. 

Daniel Shuta, OF/RHP, 2023

Large frame with strength present at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. Balanced setup with a simple load and quiet barrel. Barrel stays through the zone working to both gaps in BP. Top exit velocity at 90.9 mph. Posted a 7.02 60 time on the lasers, arm peaked at 87 mph from the outfield. 

Dawson Shelton, SS/RHP, 2024

5-foot-9, 170-pound build. Compact swing with his barrel staying through the zone. Has feel for his barrel working to both gaps. Peak exit velocity recorded at 94.1 mph. Solid actions on the infield. 

Jack McGowan, 1B/3B, 2022

Large frame with strength present at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds. Made tons of hard contact in BP driving balls to the left center gap. Peak exit velocity at 97.4 mph with a max distance of 384ft. Loose, quick hands with a compact turn through the ball. Posted the top bat speed of the event at 80.1 mph. 

Kyle Moshier, SS/2B, 2023

5-foot-10, 165-pound frame with room to add strength. Quicknes exists running a 6.89 laser timed 60. Worked to his pull side in BP with his peak exit velocity at 93.9 mph. Barrel stays through the zone with quick hands topping at 26 mph. Solid actions with trust in his hands on the infield. 

Lucas Whitcomb, SS/2B, 2023

5-foot-10, 175-pound build. Posted the fastest 60 time of the event running a 6.72 on the lasers. Quick hands with a short, compact turn through the ball. Ball stays through the zone with his bat speed reaching 77.7 mph. Peak exit velocity at 91.3 mph. Solid actions on the infield. 

Ryley Norton, 1B/3B, 2023

Strength present in a 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame. Simple swing with a short path and his barrel staying inside the ball, gap to gap approach.  Above average bat speed with his peak exit velocity at 97.6 mph. Active feet around the first base bag. 

Caleb White, OF, 2023

Athletic frame with room to add strength to his 5-foot-11, 168-pound frame. Ran a 6.77 laser timed 60. Left hand hitter with quick hands and a middle of the field approach. Some lift to his barrel path with the ball off his bat reaching 88.6 mph. Has arm strength from the outfield with his throws reaching 88 mph. 

Christian Glaze, OF, 2023

5-foot-10, 150-pound frame with room to add strength. Left hand hitter who ran a 6.93 laser timed 60. Worked to his pull side in BP with a level barrel path through the zone. Hand speed reached 23.1 mph. Peak exit velocity at 88.3 mph. 

Trey Spees, 3B/2B, 2024

Strength exists in a 6-foot, 175-pound build. Left hand hitter with a short to long swing path squaring a ton of balls up to the right center gap. Strong hands with quickness peaking at 23.8 mph. Posted an average exit velocity of 85.8 mph with his top exit velocity at 90.9 mph. 

James Tate, OF, 2023

Frame has length at 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. Hits from the left side with a balanced approach. Lined balls through the middle of the field with the ball off his bat reaching 89.4 mph. Barrel stays through the zone with quick hands that topped at 25.6 mph. Ran a 7.07 laser timed 60. 

Aiden Kwon, OF/3B, 2024

Thin frame at 6-foot, 145-pound with room to fill out. Left hand hitter whose hand speed topped at 26 mph. Worked through the middle and to the left center gap in BP. Posted a 7.18 60-time on the lasers. 

Ethan Rose, OF, 2024

5-foot-11, 180-pound build. Gap to gap approach in BP. Simple load with his barrel getting extension out front. Ball off his bat topped at 88 mph. Ran a 7.16 laser timed 60.

Luka Rose, 1B, 2025

Large frame at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Hand speed topped at 27.1 mph with a bat speed of 77.3 mph. Worked through the middle of the field in BP with a mostly flat barrel path. 

Bryce Meachem, 1B/3B, 2023

Strength present in a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. Left hand hitter with bat speed and strength. Hands are loose with quickness. Balanced setup looking to keep his barrel inside the ball and use the whole field.