Rawlings Prospects Scout Day: Trackman Hitting Leaders


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Wednesday August 31st PBR of North Carolina was on hand at Historic Durham Athletic Park for a scout day with the Rawlings Prospects. The scout day featured players from the 2023-2026 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 Hitting 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 Braden Beyer NC Wakefield 2024 3B 92.0 mph
2 Joshua Potter NC Wakefield 2023 2B 91.5 mph
3 Dominic Azzarello NC Northwest Guilford 2024 RHP 90.4 mph
4 Jackson Berkhead NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 88.5 mph
5 Jentz Steiner NC Apex Friendship 2024 3B 88.1 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 Braden Beyer NC Wakefield 2024 3B 84.5 mph
2 Joshua Potter NC Wakefield 2023 2B 82.7 mph
3 Jackson Berkhead NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 81.8 mph
4 Gabe Field NC Wake Forest 2023 OF 81.0 mph
5 Jentz Steiner NC Apex Friendship 2024 3B 79.7 mph

PEAK DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Jentz Steiner NC Apex Friendship 2024 3B 330 ft
2 Braden Beyer NC Wakefield 2024 3B 330 ft
3 Joshua Potter NC Wakefield 2023 2B 330 ft
4 Dominic Azzarello NC Northwest Guilford 2024 RHP 328 ft
5 Jackson Berkhead NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 324 ft

AVERAGE DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Jentz Steiner NC Apex Friendship 2024 3B 240 ft
2 Braden Beyer NC Wakefield 2024 3B 233 ft
3 Jackson Berkhead NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 214 ft
4 Joshua Potter NC Wakefield 2023 2B 213 ft
5 Tyler Ruta NC Heritage 2025 RHP 209 ft

HARD HIT PERCENTAGE

TrackMan is able to track and follow exit velocities of each hitter.  Based on the individual's top exit velocity, TrackMan is able to give us a percentage of hard hit balls.  This percentage is based off of each individual hitter's top exit velocity.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hard Hit %
1 Braden Beyer NC Wakefield 2024 3B 25 %
2 Joshua Potter NC Wakefield 2023 2B 16 %
3 Dominic Azzarello NC Northwest Guilford 2024 RHP 8 %

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 Edwin Speas NC Wake Forest 2025 SS 66 %
2 Brendan Chamberlain NC Granville Central 2024 RHP 63 %
3 Tyler Ruta NC Heritage 2025 RHP 61 %
4 Braden Beyer NC Wakefield 2024 3B 50 %
5 Joshua Potter NC Wakefield 2023 2B 41 %

Ground ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 Samuel Bretherick NC Wakefield 2024 RHP 69 %
2 Dominic Azzarello NC Northwest Guilford 2024 RHP 66 %
3 Wilson Aubut NC Sanderson 2026 RHP 61 %
4 Cody Hoelzle NC Rolesville 2024 OF 58 %
^ Ben Fields NC Leesville Road 2026 3B 58 %
5 Jacob Pereira NC Heritage 2024 2B 50 %

Fly Ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Matt Hutter NC Ravenscroft 2026 2B 64.3 %
2 Owen Schmidt NC East Wake Academy 2024 SS 62.5 %
3 Jentz Steiner NC Apex Friendship 2024 3B 57.1 %
4 Elijah Fernandez NC Wakefield 2024 C 54.5 %
^ Read Morton NC Leesville Road 2026 OF 54.5 %
5 Jackson Berkhead NC Wake Forest 2024 OF 40.0 %