South Charlotte Panther Scout Day: Statistical Analysis


Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR NC

Saturday November 2nd featured a PBR Scout Day at Mooresville HS with the South Charlotte Panthers.  The Panthers invited current and potential Panther players from the 2022 and 2023 classes to the Scout Day.   PBR was able to take each player through a full pro-style workout, updating and verifying stats on each player.

Position players ran a laser timed 60 followed by offensive and defensive workouts.  Following the position player workout, pitchers threw a controlled bullpen for Panthers staff and PBR scouts.  With over 35 players in attendance, PBR scouts have begun to work through all of the information. 

We continue our look into the Panthers PBR Scout Day with a deep dive into the statistics from the day.  Leaders from each category are below with a brief explanation of each statistic.  Several young players put up big numbers and have put themselves into position to be heavy follows moving into the spring seasaon.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and stats from the Panthers Scout Day

 

South Charlotte Panther Scout Day: Statistical Analysis

 

THE 60 YARD DASH

The 60 has been used for a long period of time to gauge speed in baseball players.  A bit antiquated, it does allow scouts to compare players from different time periods and has become a standard testing distance for pro-style workouts.  During the PBR Scout Day with the South Charlotte Panthers,  players ran on a laser timed course.  The surface at the event was an artificial turf.   Three of thirty-six times came in under 7.00, with several players improving their 60 time on their PBR Profile.  There were ten players that ran a sub-7.20.  The median time for the laser timed 60 checked in at 7.45.

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Aiden Evans NC Combine Academy 2022 OF 6.76
2 Mac Gillespie NC Pro5 Academy 2022 OF 6.84
3 Braylen Hayes NC Randleman 2022 OF 6.87
4 David Sessoms NC East Rutherford 2022 OF 6.98
5 Trey Way NC Randleman 2022 C 7.01
6 Maxwell White NC Hough 2023 LHP 7.02
7 Kenan Bowman SC Nation Ford 2023 SS 7.03
8 Kyle Dobos NC Marvin Ridge 2023 SS 7.13
^ Drew Lanzo NC Hickory Grove Christian 2022 LHP 7.13
9 Andrew Sentlinger NC Ardrey Kell 2022 LHP 7.18
10 Justin Best NC Combine Academy 2023 OF 7.19

 

EXIT VELOCITY

During the offensive portion of the day, players worked through an exit velocity testing station.  At this station, players attacked a ball on a tee with a radar gun reading the exit velocity of the ball off the barrel.  Players had the chance to swing their own bat, plus bats provided by Mizuno.  The numbers below are only from the exit velocity station.  The top exit velocity checked in at 98 mph and 6 players registered a speed of 90 mph or higher in the testing.  The median exit velocity from the PBR Scout Day was 86 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Brody Fowler SC Eastside 2022 RHP 98
2 Aiden Evans NC Combine Academy 2022 OF 92
3 Chance Mako NC East Rowan 2023 RHP 91
4 Walker Jenkins NC South Brunswick 2023 OF 90
^ Braylen Hayes NC Randleman 2022 OF 90
^ Luke Schmolke NC Lake Norman 2022 RHP 90
5 David Sessoms NC East Rutherford 2022 OF 89
^ Trey Way NC Randleman 2022 C 89
^ Mac Gillespie NC Pro5 Academy 2022 OF 89
6 Drew Lanzo NC Hickory Grove Christian 2022 LHP 88
7 Andrew Sentlinger NC Ardrey Kell 2022 LHP 87
^ Justin Best NC Combine Academy 2023 OF 87
^ Tate Green NC East Rowan 2023 1B 87
8 Nic Melton NC North Stanly 2022 LHP 86
^ Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 86
^ Kale Scruggs NC Southern Lee 2023 RHP 86
^ Owen Platts NC Concord 2022 3B 86
^ Will Fowler NC Cherryville High School 2023 C 86
9 Cam Wall NC West Forsyth 2022 LHP 85
^ Patrick Tivnan NC Charlotte Catholic 2023 OF 85
^ Ty Mathis NC Harrells Christian Academy 2023 RHP 85
10 Cole Irby NC Kings Mountain 2023 C 83
^ Haiden Leffew NC South Rowan 2023 LHP 83

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – INFIELDERS

Infielders were able to workout at Shortstop in the pro-style portion of the Uncommitted Upperclass Games.  Players were hit a variety of ground balls, moving to secure the ball before transitioning the ball into a throw across the diamond.  Scouts are evaluating multiple areas during this session.  Arm strength, carry, accuracy, and ease of actions can all be marked.  PBR scouts add a radar gun to give a number to the arm strength.  While the radar reading does not tell the entire story, it does give evaluators a feel for pure arm strength.  Twenty-one infielders worked out from either shortstop or 1B.  The top radar reading across the diamond registered at 81 mph, with a median reading of 74 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Walker Jenkins NC South Brunswick 2023 OF 81
2 Trey Way NC Randleman 2022 C 80
3 Haiden Leffew NC South Rowan 2023 LHP 79
4 Ty Mathis NC Harrells Christian Academy 2023 RHP 77
^ Nic Melton NC North Stanly 2022 LHP 77
^ Chance Mako NC East Rowan 2023 RHP 77
5 Kenan Bowman SC Nation Ford 2023 SS 76
^ Kyle Dobos NC Marvin Ridge 2023 SS 76

 

POSITIONAL VELOCITY – OUTFIELDERS

Similar to the infielders, there are several data points that evaluators are looking for as outfielders took batted balls from right field, making throws to home plate.  PBR scouts, again, took radar readings on each throw, giving scouts a chance to gauge arm strength with a solid number.  Eleven outfielders worked out from right field.  The top positional throw marked at 89 mph.  The median outfield throw for the group was at 82 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Braylen Hayes NC Randleman 2022 OF 89
2 Aiden Evans NC Combine Academy 2022 OF 85
3 Mac Gillespie NC Pro5 Academy 2022 OF 84
^ Cole Nelson NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 84
4 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 83
5 Drew Lanzo NC Hickory Grove Christian 2022 LHP 82
^ David Sessoms NC East Rutherford 2022 OF 82
^ Justin Best NC Combine Academy 2023 OF 82

 

CATCHER POP TIMES & POSITIONAL VELOCITY

In the pro-style workout, catchers workout from behind home plate, making multiple throws to 2B, simulating a stolen base attempt.  Scouts again are looking for a quick, clean transition to the release as well as carry and accuracy on the throw.  For catchers, evaluators will put a stopwatch on the “pop time” or the time the ball hits their glove to the time the ball hits the MIF’s glove at 2B.  Coaches can also time the transition from when the ball hits the catchers glove to when he is able to release his throw.  PBR scouts add the radar gun to put a number on the arm strength out of the crouched position.  The top pop time in the workout was a 1.97, with a median time from the group of 4 catchers of 2.18.  The top positional velocity checked in at 76 mph out of the hand, while the median for the group clocked in at 74 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Trey Way NC Randleman 2022 C 1.97-2.15
2 Will Fowler NC Cherryville High School 2023 C 2.11-2.25

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Trey Way NC Randleman 2022 C 76
2 Will Fowler NC Cherryville High School 2023 C 74
^ Matthew Gross SC Marvin Ridge 2023 3B 74

 

MAX FASTBALL

Pitchers threw in a controlled bullpen for PBR Scouts.   Each arm had a chance to throw on a side mound to get loose prior to moving to the live mound where thhey would be evaluated.  While scouts are evaluating stuff, mechanics, efficiency, and command, velocity can be a key component in an evaluation.  PBR used the new Stalker Pro SII radar gun to collect velocity on each arm while they threw live in the game.  Twenty-five arms threw at the event with the top fastball registering at 89 mph.  The median top fastball came in at 82 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Luke Schmolke NC Lake Norman 2022 RHP 89 mph
2 Michael Forret NC Providence 2022 RHP 88 mph
3 Chance Mako NC East Rowan 2023 RHP 86 mph
^ Braylen Hayes NC Randleman 2022 OF 86 mph
4 Mason Murdock NC Combine Academy 2022 RHP 85 mph
5 Nic Melton NC North Stanly 2022 LHP 84 mph
^ Brady Turner NC Oak Grove 2022 LHP 84 mph
6 Aiden Evans NC Combine Academy 2022 OF 83 mph
7 Brody Fowler SC Eastside 2022 RHP 82 mph
^ Andrew Sentlinger NC Ardrey Kell 2022 LHP 82 mph
^ Tate Green NC East Rowan 2023 1B 82 mph
^ Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 82 mph
^ Ty Mathis NC Harrells Christian Academy 2023 RHP 82 mph
8 Matthew Gross SC Marvin Ridge 2023 3B 81 mph
^ Maxwell White NC Hough 2023 LHP 81 mph
9 Drew Lanzo NC Hickory Grove Christian 2022 LHP 80 mph
^ Kale Scruggs NC Southern Lee 2023 RHP 80 mph
10 Haiden Leffew NC South Rowan 2023 LHP 79 mph
^ Konor Davis NC Alexander Central 2023 LHP 79 mph